Dr Jessica Weir

Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment & Society
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Geography 160403
  • Human Geography 1604

Research interests

Socio-ecological justice

Indigenous-decolonial studies

Environmental Humanities

Science and Technology Studies




Dr Jessica Weir is an Environmental Humanities and Science and Technology Studies scholar who investigates the social-cultural dimensions of environmental management, with a particular focus on intercultural exchanges between Indigenous and settler knowledge traditions. Dr Weir examines not just how values interrelate, but how they are categorised, including a reworking of the foundational subject/object domains in the social and natural sciences. She has negotiated numerous research partnerships with Indigenous people in southeast Australia and the Kimberley, on projects that span issues of natural hazards, water, invasive plant species, native title, climate change and community infrastructure. Dr Weir spent ten years working in the Native Title Research Unit at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and in 2011 founded the AIATSIS Land and Water Research Centre. Her current research on natural hazard risk is supported through two projects with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Dr Weir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western Sydney University; and, a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University.



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