Lesley Head

Emeritus Distinguished Professor Lesley Head

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, FASSA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2004
  • Section(s): Archaeology


Lesley Head studied at Monash University and worked at the University of Wollongong from 1987-2015. She held an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship at Wollongong from 2009-14. Since 2016 she has been Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. Lesley’s research has focused on both prehistoric and contemporary human interactions with the Australian environment, drawing on archaeology, physical geography and cultural geography. From this empirical base she has contributed to international debates about relationships between society and nature. Her most recent research has been on the cultural dimensions of environmental issues including climate change. Lesley was King Carl XVI Visiting Professor in Environmental Science in Sweden (2005-06), and was awarded the Vega Medal of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (2015).

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.