Hedda Askland

Hedda is a social anthropologist who works at the University of Newcastle (NSW). Hedda is the Project Director of the Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures and Deputy Director of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. Her research centres on questions of exile and displacement, home, identity and belonging. She has explored these phenomena as they transpire within transnational, translocal and local contexts, working with refugees and asylum seekers from East Timor living in Australian metropolitan centres and mining affected rural communities in New South Wales. Whilst her early work looked at how political and social conflicts in home countries shape everyday realities, communities and identities of former refugees, her current research focusses on the meeting between large-scale industry and small local communities. Through ethnographic research, she investigates how mining, land use and land use change relate to place, power, home and exile, paying particular attention to the intersection of mythology, ontology and ecology in the establishment of people’s experiences of self and other. Hedda grew up on the west-coast of Norway but has lived in Australia for 16 years. She now lives in Newcastle together with her two boys, Andreas and Lars.