Dr Karen Olsen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Rural, Remote & Indigenous Landscapes.
Karen's research investigates the cultural values, narratives, and prospective sustainable futures of these places and their connected communities, with specific reference to key landscapes in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Karen's long term industry and academic experience in cultural landscape heritage includes the analysis, conservation, and interpretation design for significant heritage landscapes, with a focus on changing and changed-use landscapes. Her interests and work span a wide range of public and private landscapes across both rural and urban settings, from intensively-designed historic gardens to public parks, farmlands, archaeological ruins and abandoned places.
Karen's PhD in Environmental Resource Management developed a framework for understanding historic garden visitor interpretation, leading to new understanding of cultural heritage visitor interpretation as incorporated into the Australia ICOMO Burra Charter in 1999.