Dr Jessica Weir


Shoulder-up image of Jessica Weir in a white shirt and necklaceDr Jessica Weir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research is part of the critical intellectual work of the Environmental Humanities to resituate humans within their environments, and more-than-humans within cultural and ethical domains, as part of responding to ecological devastation and climate change. Her book Murray River country (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2009) is internationally recognised as outstanding scholarship in this field. Jessica's research collaborations with Indigenous people examine how Western binaries and Indigenous knowledges interact to circumscribe and transform our understandings of environmental issues and their governance. Jessica has recently extended her research to consider our relationships with natural hazards.

Jessica undertook her PhD at The Australian National University (ANU), and has held positions as Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra. Jessica is an editorial board member of the new Routledge Environmental Humanities Book Series, and a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.

Qualifications 

PhD, 2008, The Australian National University

MEnv&Dev, 1999, The Australian National University

BA, 1994, Macquarie University

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Honours and Awards

2013: Editorial Board, Environmental Humanities Book Series, Routledge

2012-13: Senior Research Fellow, University of Canberra

2007-2012: Research Fellow, AIATSIS 

2012: Visiting Faculty, BIARI Institute Climate Change and Water, Brown University

2012: Keynote, Tapping the Turn international conference, The Australian National University

2011: Inclusion in the inaugural volume Best Australian Science Writing 2011, Pincock, S (ed), NewSouth, Sydney

2011: Founder of the AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water Research

2011: Program Convener of the National Native Title Conference 2011, 1-3 June 2011, Brisbane

2011: AIATSIS Award for Excellence and Commitment

2009: Murray River Country book launch at the Melbourne Writers' Festival by Monica Morgan and John Doyle

2007-2013: Founding member of the Ecological Humanities group

2007-2012: Editorial Board, Native Title Research Unit Publications, AIATSIS

Grants

'Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning', Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, 2014-2017, $560,000 

'Changes to Country and Culture, Changes to Climate: Strengthening Institutions for Indigenous Resilience and Adaptation', Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Grants Program, 2011-2013, $420,000

'Managing Weeds on Native Title Lands', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 2011-2012, $187,000

Special project for AIATSIS Council, 2010, $20,000

Internal bid to establish AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water Research, 2011, $45,000

PhD Scholarship, Land and Water Australia, 2003-2007, $105,000

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Selected Publications  

Books

Strelein, LM, Bauman, T and Weir, JK (eds) 2013, Living with native title: the experiences of registered native title corporations (opens in a new window), AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra.

Weir, JK (ed.) 2012, Country, native title and ecology, ANU Epress, Canberra. 

Weir, JK 2009, Murray River country: an ecological dialogue with traditional owners, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. 

Weir, JK 2009, The Gunditjmara Land Justice Story, Native Title Research Monograph 1/2009, AIATSIS, Canberra, pp. 1-40. 

Book Chapters

Weir, JK 2015, 'Lives in connection', in K Gibson, DB Rose & R Fincher (eds), Manifesto for living in the Anthropocene (opens in a new window), Punctum Books, New York, pp.17-21.

Tran, T, Weir, JK, Strelein, LM & Stacey, C 2014 'Indigenous governance and climate change adaptation: two native title case studies from Australia' in JP Palutikof, SL Boulter, J Barnett & D Rissik (eds), Applied studies in climate adaptation, Wiley, Oxford, pp. 307-315.

Strelein, LM, Bauman, T & Weir, JK 2013, 'Navigating complexity: living with native title', in LM Strelein, T Bauman JK Weir (eds), Living with native title: the experiences of registered native title corporations (opens in a new window), AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra, pp. 1-27.

Weir, JK 2013, 'Karajarri: native title and governance in the West Kimberley', in LM Strelein, T Bauman JK Weir (eds), Living with native title: the experiences of registered native title corporations (opens in a new window), AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra, pp. 147-75.

Weir, JK 2012, 'Country, native title and ecology', in JK Weir (ed.), Country, native title and ecology, ANU Epress, Canberra, pp. 1-19. 

Weir, JK, Stone, R & Mulardy, M 2012, 'Water planning and native title: a Karajarri and government engagement in the West Kimberley', in JK Weir (ed.), Country, native title and ecology, ANU Epress, Canberra, pp. 81-103.

Weir, JK 2011, 'How to keep the river flowing', S Pincock (ed.), Best Australian science writing, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 93-97.

Weir, JK 2011, 'Water planning and dispossession', in D Connell & RQ Grafton, Basin futures: water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, ANU Epress, Canberra, pp. 179-91. 

Strelein, L & Weir, JK 2009, 'Conservation and human rights in the context of native title in Australia', in J Campese, T Sunderland, T Greiber & G Oviedo (eds), Exploring issues and opportunities in rights based approaches to conservation, CIFOR, IUCN and CEESP, Bogor, pp. 123-40. 

Weir, JK & Ross, S 2007, 'Beyond native title: Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous nations', in F Morphy & B Smith (eds), The social effects of native title: recognition, translation, coexistence, CAEPR Research Monograph No.27, ANU Epress, Canberra, pp. 185-201. 

Weir, JK 2007, 'The traditional owner experience along the Murray River', in E Potter, S Mackenzie, A Mackinnon & J Mackay (eds), Fresh water: new perspectives on water in Australia, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 44-58.

Morgan, M, Strelein, L & Weir, JK 2006, 'Authority, knowledge and values: Indigenous nations engagement in the management of natural resources in the Murray-Darling Basin', in M Langton, O Mazel, L Palmer, K Shain & M Tehan (eds), Settling with Indigenous peoples, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 135-57. 

Journal Articles

Neale, T, Weir, JK & Dovers, S 2016, 'Science in motion: integrating scientific knowledge into bushfire risk mitigation in southwest Victoria'(opens in a new window), Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 13-17.  

Neale, T & Weir, J 2015, 'Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review' (opens in a new window), International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 13, pp. 255–265.

McLennan, B, Weir, JK, Eburn, M, Handmer, J, Dovers, S, & Norman, BJ 2014, 'Negotiating risk and responsibility through law, policy and planning' (opens in a new window), Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 22-28. 

Weir, JK, Crew, DRJ & Crew, JL 2013, 'Wetland forest culture: Indigenous activity for management change in the Southern Riverina, New South Wales' (opens in a new window), Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 193-207.

Weir, JK 2010, 'Cultural flows in Murray River Country', Australian Humanities Review, no. 48, pp. 131-42.

Weir, JK 2008, 'Connectivity', Australian Humanities Review, no. 45, pp. 153-64.

Weir, JK 2007, 'Native title and governance: the emerging corporate sector prescribed for native title holders', Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, vol. 3, no. 9, pp. 1-16.

Morgan, M, Strelein, L & Weir, JK 2004, 'Indigenous nations of the Murray Darling Basin', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 29, pp. 17-20. 

Strelein, L, Dodson, M & Weir, JK 2001, 'Understanding non-discrimination: native title law and policy in a human rights context', Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, vol. 3, pp. 113-48.

Weir, JK 2000, 'Aboriginal land ownership and joint management of national parks in NSW', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 20-22.

Weir, JK 1998, 'Is resettlement resettlement?', Watershed: people's forum on ecology, Terra, Bangkok. 

Reports

Norman B, Weir JK, Sullivan K & Lavis J 2014, Planning and bushfire risk in a changing climate (opens in a new window), Bushfire CRC, Australia.

Tran, T, Strelein, L, Weir, JK, Stacey, C & Dwyer, A 2013, Changes to country and culture, changes to climate: strengthening institutions for Indigenous resilience and adaptation: final report, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility; Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government.

Duff, N & Weir, JK 2013, Weeds and native title: law and assumption, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Weir, JK, Ross, S, Crew, D & Crew, J 2013, Cultural water and the Edward/Kolety and Wakool River system, Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation (Yarkuwa); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Weir, JK, Stacey, C & Youngetob, K 2011, The benefits associated with caring for country: literature review, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia.

Weir, JK, 2009, Our understandings of water and how they translate into our decision making, Land and Water Australia; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Other Publications

Weir, JK & Duff, N with the Kimberley Land Council 2015, 'Weeds and native title in the Kimberley', in E Ens, J Fisher & O Costello (eds), Indigenous people and invasive species: perceptions, management, challenges and uses (opens in a new window), IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management Community Report, pp.21-22.

Multimedia

Weir, JK 2009, 'We need rain', film screened at Violent ends: the arts of environmental anxiety, National Museum of Australia, Sydney. 

Contact  

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Video

Jessica Weir presents 'Life on the inside of Country' at University of California, Berkeley (double click for full screen).