Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Leanne Howard

Position: Research Fellow
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: SMB Campus, Room E116
Phone: 5327 8268
Email: l.howard@federation.edu.au


Doctor of Philosophy – University of Melbourne – 2016
Master of Cultural Heritage – Deakin University – 2006
Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training – University of Melbourne – 1996
Graduate Diploma in Librarianship – RMIT – 1984
Diploma of Art and Design (Fine Art) – Deakin University – 1978


Leanne Howard is a research fellow in the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). She is currently conducting oral history interviews, and researching, writing and editing a history of the Ballarat Community Health Centre.

Leanne's academic interests specifically relate to cultural heritage, landscape and communities with a particular emphasis on utilising oral history and a community-centred approach. Leanne has a sustained interest in the Irish cultural landscape and has conducted fieldwork for her doctoral research on the west coast of Ireland.

Prior to her research work at CRCAH, Leanne's professional life was largely spent in the higher education sector in a variety of roles including managing scholarly and library cultural collections and services, developing and conducting information literacy programmes and research instruction for students and academic staff, developing teaching and learning initiatives, managing public events, undertaking research, and developing policy.

Areas of expertise

  • Utilising interdisciplinary research approaches
  • Conducting oral histories
  • Cultural mapping
  • Community-centred research
  • Library research methods

Research interests

  • Cultural heritage
  • Landscape studies
  • Nature/culture binaries
  • Communities and social capital
  • Irish culture and landscape
  • World heritage
  • Cultural collections


  • Australia ICOMOS, member
  • Australian Historical Association, member
  • Burrenbeo Trust, Ireland, member and volunteer
  • Daylesford and District Historical Society and Museum, Committee member and volunteer
  • Nepean Conservation Group, member
  • Forum UNESCO, member
  • Oral History Victoria, member