Dirima Cuthbert
  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


I am an anthropologist and environmental designer with 25 years' experience working between academia and industry as a researcher, ethnographer and project manager.

Passionate about sustainable futures, I explore the socio-cultural, political and economic drivers behind our everyday responses to climate change. How will today's cultural norms shape and be shaped by a climate-changed world 5, 25 or 50 years from now? I am currently based at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute where I am co-writing a research proposal that anticipates how Western Australians will engage with their coastline in the future, to inform policy and planning in the present.

I am a member of The University of Western Australia's Climate Change Community of Practice, the Royal Society of Western Australia and the Anthropological Society of Western Australia.

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 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Design, BEnvDes, University of Sydney

Award Date: 17 Mar 2005

Anthropology , BSc (Honours), The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 1996

Environmental Design, MEnvDes, Beyond Reason? Why Perth people still build houses that contribute to climate change. [submission 2020], The University of Western Australia


External positions

Senior Anthropologist, Dortch and Cuthbert Pty Ltd


Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Oceans
  • Built Environment

Research expertise keywords

  • Climate change
  • Resilience
  • research impact
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Traditional Knowledge


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