• The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Catie is currently the Student Equity Insights Adviser within the First Year Experience Project in the Student Equity and Success team in Student Life. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the the School of Agriculture and Environment (SAgE). 

Formerly an Australian Research Council (DECRA) Fellow from 2020-2023, her DECRA project examined rare and heritage breed livestock conservation and agroecological farming in Australia in the climate change era. See here for further information. 

With a disciplinary background in anthropology, and a regional focus on Australia and southern Africa, Catie's research explores how the cultural values and practices of settler communities influence, and are influenced by, the particularities of their social and natural environments. She has published on issues including foodways, interspecies relations, tourism, identity and belonging, and health and illness. She also has a keen interest in student support at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Catie is a Director of the Board of the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia, the co-ordinator of the Ecology, People, Place (EcoPeoPle) network, and an Editorial Board member of Anthropological Forum. She is a former University of Melbourne McArthur Fellow and gained her PhD (anthropology) from UWA. 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

HDR Education Coordinator, University of Notre Dame (Australia)

20172019

McArthur Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

20122017

Research expertise keywords

  • anthropology of food
  • settler studies
  • environmental anthropology
  • tourism studies
  • meat
  • hunting
  • farming
  • identity and race
  • belonging
  • dietary practices

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