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Professor Katie Holmes Director, Centre for Study Inland, Office of the ProvostASSC

Professor Katie Holmes is the Theme Lead for the theme More Just and Equitable Societies. She is also Director of the Centre for the Study of the Inland. Katie has an international reputation for her work on the relationship and
interaction between an individual and their culture, society and environment. This work has shed new light on
the European settlement of Australia and made a significant contribution to environmental history. On the way, she
has opened insights to many other areas with direct relevance to the ways in which people experience and remember their relationships to their changing environments: gender history, oral history, mental illness, emotions
and the history of gardens. She is the lead Chief Investigator on the ARC project 'Parched: cultures of drought in regional Victoria' (2021-2023), and a Chief Investigator on another ARC project, 'Understanding the Water Cultures of the Murray Darling Basin' (2021-2023). She is co-author of the book 'Mallee Country: Land, People, History' (2020), and her other books include 'Between the Leaves: Stories of Australian women, writing and gardens' (2010) and 'Spaces in her Day: Women's diaries of the 1920s and 1930s' (1995). her participation in the ARC Linkage grant ’Australian Generations: life histories, generational change and Australian memory’ led to her research on the ways in which people remember and talk about mental illness. Katie has also actively researched in the following areas: war; sexuality; feminism; single women; and the experience of time. In 2010 Katie held the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History at University College Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She lives and works on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations.

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