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Ann Hill

Ann HillPosition

Assistant Professor

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Tel: +61 6201 2290


Dr. Ann Hill joined ESTeM and the Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities in January 2017. Prior to this she was a Post-doctoral Researcher and Research Project Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘Strengthening Economic Resilience in Monsoon Asia’ at Western Sydney University. Ann continues to work on this ARC project with collaborators at Western Sydney, James Cook University and University of the Philippines.

Dr. Hill is a Human Geographer and Diverse Economies scholar by training with specific interests in collective ethics and methods for living in a climate and resource-changing world. She is a member of the Community Economies Collective and a founding member of the Community Economies Research Network, both of which are international cross-disciplinary networks of academic and lay-researchers committed to diverse economic theory and practice. She is also a member of the Institute of Australian Geographers and a committee member of the Institute’s Critical Development Studies study group.

Ann has over ten years experience in community partnering methods and in conducting empirical research for ‘post-development’ livelihoods in Asia. She graduated from The Australian National University (ANU) in 2014. Her PhD entitled  “Growing Community Food Economies in the Philippines’ examines collective ethics and methods for growing different economic food futures. It focuses on community food experiments in Manila and urban Mindanao. Prior to her PhD she coordinated a large research project at ANU about community partnering for local economic development in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Apart from her PhD, she also holds a Diploma of Education in Secondary Humanities Methods from The University of Sydney and a BA Honours in Human Geography from Macquarie University (BA) and The Australian National University (Hons). Her honours research (2002) was on community economic development in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Prior to academia she worked for ten years as a secondary schools Social Sciences teacher in Sydney. During this time she was also a student year adviser and a Higher School Certificate examinations marker for the Board of Studies (as of 2017, NSW Education Standards Authority). Other professional experiences have included working as a technical assistant of the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute, working as a nutrition consultant for Russells Health Foods, and working as a volunteer for aid NGOs Caritas and TEAR Australia. Ann has received several awards for her teaching and research including a 4-year ANU scholarship during her PhD and a Targeted Graduate Award at the commencement of her secondary schools teaching career.

To date she has published in journals as diverse as Building Research and Information, Agriculture and Human Values, and Local Environment, and she has co-authored several book chapters on community economies and community development related topics. Since joining UC Ann has begun to collaborate with colleagues in her home Faculty and Institute in new and exciting ways.

Research interests

  • Community Economies
  • Community Partnering Research Methods
  • Human relationships with vegetation and climate in the Anthropocene

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