Dr Kirsten Thorpe

Dr Kirsten Thorpe (Worimi, Port Stephens) is a Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Kirsten leads the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub, which advocates for Indigenous rights in archives and data and develops research and engagement in relation to refiguring libraries and archives to support the culturally appropriate ownership, management and ongoing preservation of Indigenous knowledges. Kirsten has broad interests in research and engagement with Indigenous protocols and decolonising practices in the library and archive fields, and the broader GLAM sector. Kirsten advocates for the ‘right of reply’ to records and capacity building and support for the development of Living Indigenous Archives on Country. In 2022, Kirsten completed her PhD at Monash University, within the Faculty of Information Technology. Her thesis titled “Unclasping the White Hand: Reclaiming and Refiguring the Archives to Support Indigenous Wellbeing and Sovereignty” explored Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty over the management of Indigenous knowledges, with a particular focus on engagement with archives.

Further profile and publication information available at: https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/kirsten.thorpe