Janis Hanley

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Cultural heritage, History, Social sciences
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Janis's research is centres on exploring the value of cultural heritage, and for her PhD candidature is focusing on  woollen textile manufacturing in Queensland. Her supervisors are Prof Sarah Baker and Dr Adele Pavlidis. Janis’s work as a heritage practitioner, working with local councils, community museums and heritage places informs her research. She advocates the value of small museums and local heritage places, and the ongoing affect of their presence, thought  local community,  connections with current practices, and the learning happening in these spaces. Janis applies a range of innovative methods and tools in taking a participatory approach to her mainly qualitative research, strongly connected with actively learning and practicing the skills. Methods also include ethnographic interviews including: photo elicitation, 'go alongs', auto-ethnography.

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Thesis & Candidature Review Milestone (TCRM)
Queensland’s Woollen Textile Manufacturing

Queensland's Woollen Textile Manufacturing industry was based in the regional city of Ipswich, where there were three woollen mills.  These mill closed in the 1970's and 80's due to pressure from cheaper synthetic imported textiles, and the global reductions in trade tariffs under the UN GATT agreement. The loss of the mills, along with the closure of coals mines and railway workshops were damaging to Ipswich socially and economically. Two of the mill sites are largely intact, one is state heritage listed.  Using a range of methods, this research explores the affect of the mill closures, and the value the mill heritage offers to Ipswich residents, Queenslanders and Australia's ongoing wool story. The research takes in the current contexts of social movements around local produce, sustainable textiles, and the skills maintained through textile arts and small start-up textile businesses.

Academic Publications

Hanley, J 2018, 'Erasure, Discovery and Emergence: The Buderim–Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walking Track Assemblage' Queensland Review Forthcoming Issue.

Hanley, J 2017, 'Creating an authentic learning environment for school children: a case study of digital storytelling programs and the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum:' in H Roued-Cunliffe & A Copeland (eds), Participatory Heritage, Facet Publishing, London.

Hanley, J, Baker, S & Pavlidis, A 2016, 'Applying the value-creation framework to a community museum volunteer project: implementing a digital storytelling programme at the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum', Annals of Leisure Research, pp. 1-21.


Exhibition: ‘Magnificent Makers’, State Library of Queensland, 9 December 2017-3 June 2018, Queensland Review, Forthcoming Issue.

Conference Papers

Wool and Slow Fashion, ANZALS Leisure studies conference, Hobart 2017

And then the city died: Belonging &  place in a South East Queensland Regional Town, Language, Culture and belonging Conference, Nathan 2018

Only Connect, Small Museums Conference, Roma 2018

Reterritorializing a colonial industry: Slow, local, woollen textiles, Australian Studies Association Conference, St Lucia 2018

Public talks

Gone too Soon? The Woollen Mills of Ipswich, Ipswich Historical society

List of workshops/conferences attended


• HDR Induction

June '17

• Systematic Structured Literature Review

• Session with Humanities Librarian

July '17

• Advanced Systematic Structured Literature Review

• Affect conference, University of Queensland

August '17

• NVIVO Master Class

September '17

• Turbocharge your writing

• Thinkwell

• Indigenous Ethics

October '17

• Writing workshop

• Freshlines conference

• Freshlines symposium (presented)

November '17

• Publishing Strategies for emerging scholars


• ANZALS Leisure Studies Conference PhD day

• ANZALS Leisure studies conference (Presented + awarded scholarship to


January ‘18

• Developing your academic argument

• Improving writing quality before submission



• Stats Week: Understanding probability: Sharks on trial

• Stats Week: Designing survey questions: Traps and Pitfalls

• Stats Week: A survey of survey tools

• Stats Week: Survey analysis in action

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