Kiarrah
Thomas
PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Kiarrah is a postgraduate student enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Research Methods at CABAH’s James Cook University Node externally through the Townsville campus. Her research is based on the shell matrix sites in the Western Cape region of Cape York, Queensland. Kiarrah has a background in cultural heritage management, with a strong focus on spatial data. She will perform a spatial analysis upon the shell matrix sites present along the Western Cape coastline.

Prior to commencing postgraduate study, Kiarrah worked as an archaeologist in the Western Cape region and is currently employed as a heritage advisor in Perth, Western Australia. Kiarrah has a strong interest in creating sustainable partnerships between industry, Traditional Owner groups, and academic institutions. Kiarrah is passionate about upskilling and building capacity amongst Traditional Owners in heritage and environmental management.

An essential item in Kiarrah’s toolkit:

“Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”