Tracy Ireland


Historic Environment EC Representative
GA2023 Organising Committee EC Representative
AI/UC PhD Scholarship Sub-Committee 



Tracy Ireland is an archaeologist and community-focussed heritage practitioner and academic – Professor of Cultural Heritage and Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra (UC). Tracy joined UC in 2009 after 24 years as a heritage practitioner, having held leadership roles in both government and the private sector. Tracy’s research in heritage management and heritage studies is internationally recognised and has influenced heritage management policy and practice in Australia and abroad, particularly in areas such as the social value of heritage, heritage ethics, Indigenous historic heritage and archaeological sites conservation. Specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to cultural heritage, and digital heritage practice in community and industry-embedded contexts, Tracy’s research combines ethical, practice-led approaches, sophisticated theoretical frameworks and qualitative methods, deployed to solve real-world problems for communities and stakeholders. She has worked in diverse community contexts, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with local communities in urban and regional contexts, and with stakeholder groups such as veterans and descendant communities. She has also researched and published on the archaeology of British colonialism in Australia, New Zealand, Quebec, the North Eastern United States and Cyprus. Tracy is the Editor of the Australia ICOMOS journal Historic Environment, and was convenor of the Australia ICOMOS Annual Conferences in 2013 and 2019.