Past research suggests that while the Australian public profess to value its built heritage, they do not feel empowered to influence decisions about heritage and feel that it’s the responsibility of “experts” to define what is important. My research explores this notion by attempting to understand residents’ perspectives on heritage conservation and how these attitudes are formed. Owners of Queenslander houses in Brisbane will be interviewed to understand the value they attach to residential built heritage and their motivations for living in these houses. It is also hoped to determine if residents are adequately engaged in the process of protecting Queenslanders. This research will seek to gain an in depth understanding of the experiences of residents and the lessons that could be applied to future policy development.

Advisors: Dr Dorina Pojani and Mr Mark Baker



Project members

Vanessa Neilsen


MPhil candidate