Karen works with people and environment to adapt and develop innovative ways of integrating natural resource management, social history, community history, community (cultural) development, and the visual arts. Karen uses specific skills—as author, scholar, researcher and artist—to initiate the creative interaction of environment, culture and social inclusion.
Karen’s doctoral thesis provides a conceptual framework that recognises situated ways of knowing and liberating subjugated knowledges, particularly at the interface between Indigenous cultures of industrialised countries. Developing sustainability initiatives and education, the framework integrates economic, socio-cultural and environmental considerations to bridge between Western and Indigenous knowledge.
Karen uses a reflexive process of experience and reflection, providing the conceptual basis of a research method that does not privilege theory over practice; recognising instead the role of reflexivity as a fundamental grounding stage in the development of theory.
Qualifications, awards and affiliations
Bachelor of Arts (Visual) (UC)
Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology) (UNE)
PhD (Education) (UC)
ACT Heritage Award (1998)
NRM program design, grant applications and management
Development of inter-connected Aboriginal NRM
Reform of the business strategy, and development of a corporate plan and operational plan
Reform of corporate governance, board of directors, and the constitution
Review of the Molonglo Catchment Strategy (2015), promoting socio cultural outcomes in what is otherwise a technical document
Mentoring the Manager of the ACT Environment Grants for “Caring for Ngunawal Pathways” project
Board Director Landcare ACT since 2015
ACT Heritage—Ngunawal pathways project: “Connected Environments and Changing Landscapes of the ACT and Surrounding Region—Interacting with the Ngunawal Perspective”
ACT Government (TCCS)—Oaks Estate River Corridor Heritage Walk information signs