Jenny Gregory

Emeritus Professor, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Jenny Gregory AM FRHS MPHA MICOMOS is Emeritus Professor of History at The University of Western Australia and Warden of the Convocation of UWA Graduates.

In 2010 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to history and the community, previously she was awarded a Champion Award by the National Year of the Built Environment (2004) and a Centenary Medal (2001) for her service to the community as President of the National Trust (WA) (1998-2007).

Previously she was Chair and President of the National Trust (WA) (1998-2010) and Council member (1993-2022); Deputy Director of the Australian Council of National Trusts (2007-2010); inaugural President of the History Council of WA (2001-06) and (2016-20): board member of the Australia Council (WA) (2011-18); Director, WA History Foundation (1999-2022).

Roles and responsibilities

Warden of Convocation of UWA Graduates

Emeritus Professor of History

Future research

Public Housing in Australia
Water Sensitive Cities

Lost Places and the limits of Heritage
Western Australian History

Funding overview

2018-21 Water and the Making of Urban Australia (ARC DG $349,748)

2016-20 CI Collecting the West: Reimagining Western Australia from its collections (ARC Linkage $750,192)
2012-16 CI CRC for Water Sensitive Cities ($30,000)
2010 CI Western Australian Places (UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award $17,699)
2006-09 CI Rediscovering historical contributions in environmental planning: Australia's Town Planning Associations (ARC DG $164,178)
2005-09 CI Land of the Black Stump: A History of Australia's Inland Corridors 1815–2005 (ARC DG $331,665)
2005-09 CI East Perth Power Station and the Electrification of Western Australia (ARC LP $172,320)
2003-07 CI Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia (ARC LP, WA Regional Investment Scheme, Constitutional Centre of WA, Lotterywest $957,284)

Previous positions

Head, School of Humanities (2009-2016)
Acting Head, School of Music (2009-2011)
Chair, Discipline of History (2008)
Chair, Discipline of Philosophy (2007)
Director, UWA Press (1998-2006)
Director, Centre for WA History (1989-1998)
Lecturer, Department of History

Current projects

She is currently researching public housing in Australia, the history of water use in Perth, and lost heritage places and the limits of heritage.

Industrial relevance

Museum collecting policies
History of water use in the city
Impact of mineral and resource booms on the city
Planning history of the city

Teaching overview

Honours and postgraduate supervision
Previously taught urban and suburban history, WA history, and heritage


Urban history, planning history and heritage



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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research expertise keywords

  • Western Australian History
  • Heritage
  • Urban History
  • Urban Planning
  • Australian History


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