Jessica Hood

NSC on Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes EC Representative

Jessica Hood is a Melbourne-based heritage professional, who has worked in the industry for over five years. She currently works in the Victorian public sector. She has a strong interest in cultural landscapes, heritage gardens, community engagement and heritage collections. Jessica is passionate about addressing the challenges of climate change to the heritage industry, particularly the adaptability of our cultural landscapes and horticultural legacies.

Jessica has a Fine Art background, having completed a PhD in 2013 at Monash University in the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Research conducted for this project, Garden/Archive: Photographic Relation and Exchange, was multi-disciplinary, intersecting photography practice and heritage collections with landscape and architectural theory. Jessica has a strong interest in photography as a tool for communication, and has presented eleven solo and group exhibition projects in Melbourne and Adelaide. She was a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture from 2014-2016. From 2016-2019 she worked at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) as Community Advocate Environmental Heritage, undertaking advocacy for heritage protection within a Victorian context.

Jessica is a Full International Member of ICOMOS and has been involved in the Emerging Professionals of Cultural Heritage Network (EPoCH) group since 2018. Jessica is an active member of the Australian Garden History Society, serving on the National Management Committee from 2013-2019, including 3 years as Vice Chair. In that role she was involved in the management of the organisation, including conferences, heritage advocacy, funding, financial management, publications, community and audience engagement. Jessica is also a member of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ).