Chris Johnston
Heritage Specialist


Chris is a strategic planner who specialises in heritage and community planning projects. She has skills in strategic thinking, policy analysis and development, and is solutions oriented in her approach. She brings her facilitation skills to all her work, seeking to engage people effectively. She is an experienced trainer.

Chris has expertise in social and aesthetic values assessment, in working with communities and documenting their values, and in interpreting people’s relationship to place. She often works with Aboriginal communities and organisations.

Learn more about Chris and download her CV.

Places are powerful: they evoke memories and stories. Every place is loved by someone. Researching people’s connections to their place is a real privilege.


Master of Environmental Science, Monash University

Graduate Diploma, Local and Applied History, Armidale College of Advanced Education

Bachelor of Arts (Political Sociology), University of Melbourne

Diploma of Art (Ceramics), Australian National University


Research Associate, La Trobe University

Member – Planning Institute of Australia

Member – Australia ICOMOS

Member – International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

Member – Professional Historians Association (Vic)

Member – ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage

Co-Convenor – Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage