is senior curator (anthropology) at the Museum of Tropical Queensland and a member of staff at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. She received her PhD from The Australian National University in 2008 for research into the music of the Duna people of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Kirsty is the author of Steep Slopes: Music and Change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (ANU E Press, 2010) amongst other publications. Since 2007 Kirsty has worked with the people of the Lihir Island Group, PNG, on a cultural heritage programme as they experience large-scale gold mining. In 2013 she co-curated the exhibition Musical Landscapes of Lihir at the University of Queensland (UQ) Anthropology Museum. Kirsty is also an honorary fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, UQ.