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BA (Hons1) (ANU), PhD (ANU), Grad Cert Higher Ed (UQ), Grad Cert General and Applied Linguistics (ANU)

Research interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Pacific music / Music of Oceania
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Pacific creole languages
  • Language translation


Kirsty Gillespie has conducted research on music and language in the Pacific since 2003. She received her PhD from ANU in 2008 for her dissertation entitled 'Steep Slopes: Song creativity, continuity and change for the Duna of Papua New Guinea', an interdisciplinary project completed under the supervision of Professors Howard Morphy, Alan Rumsey and Stephen Wild.

Kirsty is currently working on the Australian Government funded project 'Modelling Pacific Creole Languages' led by Distinguished Professor Nicholas Evans. In this project she is involved in documenting the languages of Tok Pisin, Solomons Pijin, and Bislama.

Kirsty is an active member of the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD) and is programme co-chair of the upcoming 48th World Conference to be held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2025.

For a complete list of publications and research outputs please refer to Kirsty's ORCID profile.


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