Aunty Joy Wandin (Indigenous stories of place)
Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin is an Aboriginal Elder of the Wurundjeri people and has been involved with Aboriginal issues for thirty years. Aunty Joy is chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Consultative Assembly and has held executive positions across many sectors of government. She is an Honorary Professor at Swinburne University, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a member of the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative Committee and the Equal Opportunity Commission. She is also an Australia Day ambassador, and operates her own business Jarlo Vision.
Gary Presland (Natural History of Melbourne area)
Gary is a prize-winning author and editor based in Melbourne, Australia. He is widely published and has broad-ranging and contemporary experience as an editor of books, journals and newsletters in both historical and scientific areas. Gary is an authority on natural history in Melbourne, Australia. His book, The place for a Village, looks at the history of Melbourne from the point of view of nature and considers the ways that urban development has been influenced by the nature of local environments. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Timmah Ball (Indigenous urban planner)
Timmah Ball is a mixture of things: urban planner, writer and community arts worker. She grew up in Melbourne but her heritage is Ballardong Noongar from Western Australia on her mother’s side. She is passionate about using arts and culture to create inclusive cities and believes that planners need to think about people rather the zones and overlays. Timmah graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning. Prior to studying her Masters, Timmah completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts also at the University of Melbourne.
Jolynna Sinanan (Internet, social media & social displacement)
Jolynna Sinanan is a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University. Prior to this post, she was a Research Fellow in Anthropology at University College London with the European Research Council- funded project Why We Post, which compared uses of social media across 8 countries. She is the author of Social Media in Trinidad (2017, UCL Press) and co-author of Visualising Facebook (2017, UCL Press) and Webcam (2014, Polity) with Daniel Miller.
Barbara Creed (Displaced animals & strays)
Barbara Creed is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Professorial Fellow. She is the author of five books on feminism, sexuality, film and media including: the feminist classic, The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Routledge); Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality (Allen & Unwin), Phallic Panic: Film, Horror and the Primal Uncanny and Darw in’s Screens: Evolutionary Aesthetics, Time and Sexual Display in the Cinema (both MUP). She is presently on the editorial advisory boards of Cultural Studies Review, eTropic and the Animal Studies Journal and on the boards of the international book series, Anthem and Animal Publics. In 2006 She was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is currently the director of the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE) at the University of Melbourne.
Vicky Vacondios (Homeless experience)
Vicky is a trainer of the Community Services Diploma, a Mother of 3 and a volunteer for the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP). Vicky’s work to advocate for improved family violence and homelessness systems and policies is inspired by her personal experience of both. When Vicky experienced family violence and was forced to enter the homelessness system, she realised reform was needed and firmly believed that her experience should inform system improvements. After a long and difficult journey out of homelessness, Vicky and her family are now in secure, affordable housing. Vicky continues her commitment to advocate for improved policy and system reform to end homelessness and prevent family violence.
Baqir Khan (Refugee experience)
Baqir Khan is a multilingual, poet and amateur musician. He is the Co-Founder of Community Four, an organisation which works with new and emerging Australian communities to build their own futures and create the change they wish to see on their own terms. Baqir has previously managed the Community Led Projects & Volunteering Program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Innovation Hub. He is a co-developer of the Humanitarian Symbiotic Innovation Model being implemented at the ASRC Innovation Hub. Baqir is also an adjunct lecturer at RMIT, where he teaches Language Management in International Organisations.
David Vakalis (Public space, protest & displacement)
David Vakalis has been in the Melbourne street-protest scene for 15 years and was part of the Occupy Melbourne Legal Observer Team in 2011. Currently, he is a PhD researcher at Monash University’s School of Social and Political Sciences where he is examining public order policing and anti-abortion direct action. David has written about torture, militarized policing, the control of public space, “anti-bikie” laws, protest policing, and public health responses to cases of deliberate or reckless infection or exposure to HIV.
Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck (Bees – Displacement of bees, displacement by bees)
Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck studied zoology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), culminating with a PhD in immunology. Subsequently, he worked for 2 years as a development worker in Kenya, researching ways to control east coast fever, a deadly parasitic disease of cattle. Moving to Australia, he worked at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and CSIRO, before joining the University of Melbourne, where now is Professor in Biotechnology, with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. He started keeping bees 5 years ago, almost by accident as a result of being given a hive by a retiring beekeeper. He quickly became a member of the Victorian Apiarist Association (VAA) and for the last 3 years has been on the management committee of both the Collingwood Children’s Farm Apiary and the VAA Melbourne Section. He is passionate about urban beekeeping, biosecurity, bee genetics and invading bee pests.
Annie Raser-Rowland (Weeds & displaced plants)
Annie Raser-Rowland began making gardens for beauty, then realised that she could feed herself at the same time. She is a graduate of horticulture and permaculture certificates, has worked at several Melbourne nurseries, performed urban edible garden design and worked on permaculture systems in Tanzania. As a full-blown plant nerd with a passion for questioning modern food equations, she started investigating wild and other undervalued foods and was recruited by the rich pleasures of foraging and gleaning.
Kate Shaw (Gentrification)
Dr Kate Shaw is a critical urban geographer at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in the cultures of cities and the political-economic and social processes that shape them, in particular, urban planning and policy practices and their capacity to deliver social equity and cultural diversity. She is co-editor with Libby Porter of Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration strategies (Routledge 2009). Until recently Kate was Deputy Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces working group, a member of the Victorian State government’s live music roundtable, and advisor to the City of Sydney’s live music taskforce. She is currently working on a new book titled The squander and salvage of global urban waterfronts, which looks at the redevelopment of the deindustrialised docks and harbours of London, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Hamburg and Copenhagen.
Reg Abrahams (Wurdi Youang / Building for the stars)
Reg Abrahams manages the culturally and environmentally significant Wurdi Youang, an IPA in consultation, to rejuvenate connection to Country and culture and create opportunities for the Community. Rangers are enhancing endangered native grassland ecosystems and re-establishing Aboriginal Agri-Culture and management practices including weeyn (fire), with a view to recovering, restoring and translocating threatened flora and fauna.
Image: Jolynna Sinanan