Jane Urquhart is a PhD (Anthropology) candidate in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her research topic is Aboriginal fire ecology and its interconnection with the outcomes of native title. This research is conducted in context with the restoration of lands to Indigenous ownership and the participation of Traditional Owners in environmental work via the Indigenous Protected Area program.
Jane completed a BA with Honours in Anthropology in 2017. Her Honours thesis, composed by a literature review on fire ecology in Australia, was undertaken as part of a La Trobe University RFA Transforming Human Societies project: 'Indigenous eco-cultural futures: re-implementing Nyangumarta burning in the Pilbara, Australia', led by Dr Nicholas Smith and Dr Steve Leonard (2015-2017).
Jane's research interests relate to the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia. This includes experience gained from a Centre for Native Title Anthropology fieldwork placement with the Northern Land Council (NT) and an Aurora Project internship with First Nations Legal and Research Services (Victoria).
Jane's studies and research are preceded by a prior qualification as a horticulturalist. Her professional practice includes plant health research for the Victorian and Commonwealth government agricultural agencies (1980-2003) and in the early childhood sector, providing and consulting on planting design and improvements to enhance outdoor nature-play and learning spaces (2005-2014).