Professor Keir Reeves


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Centre director Professor Keir Reeves holds a chair in regional engagement at Federation University Australia. He is particularly interested in how regional development can drive sustainable communities. His current research concentrates on Australia, Asia and the Pacific in the areas of regional development, regional policy, and cultural heritage. Keir has published on these areas in a number of leading international journals and academic presses. He is currently involved in two major Australian Research Council projects and has been a CI on three others. Prior to joining Federation University he held roles at Monash University, and held an ARC Post-doctoral position at the University of Melbourne. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall Cambridge and a Visiting Researcher at the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. He has also previously been a Rydon and Bicentennial Fellow at King's College London. Keir is the current historian member of the Heritage Council of Victoria. He is very interested in postgraduate supervision currently supervises in the areas of regional development, cultural industries, tourism development in Asia and goldfields history heritage and also supervises PhD projects affiliated with current ARC projects.


Scholarly books

Scates, B., et al., Anzac Journeys: Walking the Battlefields of World War Two. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Edited books

Logan, W., Reeves, K. eds. Places Of Pain And Shame: Dealing With 'Difficult' Heritage. London: Routledge, 2009. Co-contributed three chapters.

Reeves, K., Nichols, D. eds. Deeper Leads: New approaches in Victorian gold fields history. Ballarat: BHS Publishing, 2007. Co-contributed three chapters.

Guest edited journals

During the past five years I have co-guest edited special issues of Tourism Analysis, Australian Economic History Review, Historic EnvironmentAustralian Historical Studies,  Journal of Australian Colonial History and Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues

Selected refereed journal articles

Laing, J., Reeves, K., Wheeler, F., and Frost W. (2014) "Assessing The Experiential Value Of Heritage Assets: A Case Study Of Bendigo, Australia" Tourism Management.

Cheer, J., Laing, J., & Reeves, K. (2013) "Tourism and contested culture: Land Diving In Vanuatu" Annals of Tourism Research.

Cheer, J., & Reeves., K. (2013) "Roots Tourism: Blackbirding and the South Sea Islander Diaspora" Tourism Analysis.

Gorman, S., Reeves, K. (2012) "Reviewing Rule 30: The Implications of Vilification Laws in the Australian Football League since 1995" Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, Volume 15, Number 2 June 2012, 14-22. Special Issue "The Politics of Participation: Current Perspectives on Indigenous and Multicultural Sports Studies".

Reeves, K. (2012) "Reviewing the Chinese-Australian Heritage: History, People and Place, Local and International" Historic Environment Vol 24:1. 

Laing, J, Frost, W. Reeves, K. & Wheeler, F.  (2012) "A Golden Connection: exploring the challenge of developing heritage interpretation strategies for a tourism precinct on the central Victorian goldfields" Historic Environment. Vol 24:1. (A ranked journal in the current ERA).

Reeves, K., McConville, C. (2011) "Cultural landscape and goldfield heritage: towards a land management framework for the historic south-west Pacific gold mining landscapes" Landscape Research. Vol 36:2, 191 – 207. (UK based A ranked journal in current ERA).

Reeves, K. Long, C. (2011) "Unbearable pressures on paradise? Tourism and heritage management Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site" Critical Asian Studies.Vol 43:1, 3–20.(A ranked in current ERA).

Reeves, K. (2010) "Sojourners or a new diaspora? Economic implications of the movement of Chinese miners to the south-west Pacific goldfields" Australian Economic History Review, Vol 50:2 July, 178-192. (A ranked in current ERA).

Reeves, K., Frost, L. and Fahey, C., (2010) "Integrating the historiography of the nineteenth-century gold rushes" Australian Economic History Review, Vol 50:2 July, 111-128. (A ranked in current ERA).

External competitive grants

Australian Research Council Linkage project 2011-2015. CI on project titled Anzac Day at home and abroad: a centenary history of Australia's national day Other CI's include Prof Bruce C Scates, Prof Raelene Frances, Martin A Crotty, Prof Graham P Seal, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Dr Frank Bongiorno, A/Prof Kevin Blackburn, Dr Stephen J Clarke, Dr Peter Stanley and Prof Andrew Hoskins.  This is a major historical research project that has $662,630 ARC funding and strong partner cash and in-kind support.  Partner Organisations include Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Historical de la Grande Guerre, King's College London, Legacy Australia Council, National Archives of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Shrine of Remembrance.  This project will investigate how Australia is fast approaching the centenary of Anzac Day and many believe this is the one day of the year that captures the spirit of the nation.  This project  examines Anzac Day's complex and much contested history, retrieving private and collective memories of war through archival research and novel and participatory public history. 

Australian Research Council Linkage Project 2011-2014. Assessing the Australian Football League's (AFL) racial and religious vilification laws to promote community harmony, multiculturalism and reconciliation. I am a Chief Investigator. This interdisciplinary project analyses the effectiveness of AFL corporate management policy on racial and religious vilification with a view to providing recommendations for further policy actions. A better understanding of how ethnic harmony, diversity and toleration can be achieved will help strengthen the social fabric of the Australian community. As the AFL is one of the largest corporate employers of Indigenous and multicultural Australians, the lessons learned from the operation of its policies and education programs will have important implications for a wide range of Australians across many sectors. Benefits will include recommendations to develop policy frameworks, cross-cultural training and community capacity building.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2010-2014. I am a chief investigator on a project titled Revisiting Australia's war: international perspectives on heritage, memory and ANZAC pilgrimages to the cemeteries, sites and battlefields of World War Two (WW2). This project, valued at $207,000 over four years, investigates how war has assumed an iconographic status in Australia and New Zealand; for many the spirit of Anzac defines the values of both nations. A study of WW2 pilgrimage will explore ways the Anzac legend has been revisited, reinvented and revitalised by successive generations through tourism and war pilgrimage related travel. This project will retrieve the memory of war from those who suffered it, empower communities of mourners on both sides of the Tasman and help to explain why the Anzac mythology captivates such a diverse cross-section of society. It will explore a neglected dimension of Australasia's relationship with the world and the Asia/Pacific region in particular. My role builds on heritage in Asia research I have undertaken with Dr Colin Long and other Laos and Thai researchers.

Monash Research Fellowship 2009-2014. Working on a research intensive project titled Heritage tourism and the historical landscapes of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
This fellowship is valued at $850,000 over five years. Utilises the under-theorised, but broadly defined field of heritage studies, this project will analyse how heritage sites can be best thematically interpreted and developed for their sustainable heritage tourism potential. Drawing on a number of research disciplines including history, cultural heritage, tourism and sustainable ecology studies my research will contribute to Australia's reputation as a source of innovative research and ideas in the area of cultural heritage and tourism studies, areas where there is growing international momentum.

Australian Research Council Linkage 2006-2009. First named Chief Investigator and APDI LP0667552, Layers of meaning: Historical studies in central Victoria's regional heritage 1834-1950. The main research outcome of this project was to write the cultural histories of the communities of the central Victorian region. I was the postdoctoral research fellow. Working closely with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and Heritage Victoria I constructed a layered history and cultural heritage of the region.

Australian Research Council Discovery 2006-2009. Chief Investigator DP0666276, Remembering Places of Pain and Shame: Conservation of the Asia-Pacific Region's 'Difficult' Heritage of Imprisonment Sites. This ARC funded Discovery project will contribute to theoretical and practical discourses relevant to Australia's cultural heritage industry. Its findings will have implications for the work of national and state industry bodies (Australian Heritage Council, Australian Department of Environment and Heritage, Heritage Victoria) and professional organisations (Australia ICOMOS). The project findings may lead to concrete results such as the addition of new places to international, national and state heritage registers and their protection for the benefit of the community at large.

Prizes, awards and invited presentations

  • King's College London 18th January 2012 seminar paper titled "Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: Towards a History of Australia's National Day".
  • February 2012, Visiting fellow to School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) London, United Kingdom.
  • 2011 Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, University of London, United Kingdom.
  • Invited speaker to the Donald Horne Institute, Canberra University.
  • Invited speaker to the Australian Academy of Humanities in Adelaide November 2010 as part of their symposium titled "Sharing Our Common Wealth: Cultural Institutions".
  • Co-awarded best paper at the 2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference, held at the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau, December 1-3, 2009.
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-China Council Hong Kong Fellowship, 2008. (For research into nineteenth century mining connections between Australia and China.)
  • The Victorian Finalist for the Fulbright Award Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008.
  • The Australian Academy For The Humanities Early Career Travelling Fellowship 2007.
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry, 2006.
  • Lloyd Robson Memorial Travelling Prize, 2004.
  • Faculty of Arts Fieldwork Scheme Award, 2004.
  • Ian Robertson Memorial Travelling Prize, 2003.
  • APAI PhD scholarship for ARC SPIRT project "The Mt Alexander Diggings Project" 2001-2004.
  • Represented the University of Melbourne on behalf of the higher education sector at Australia-Britain Young leaders forum for Australia's Centenary of Federation, 2001.
  • Highly Commended, CRA Rio Tinto-University Of Melbourne Archives Prize, 1994.