Professor Kate Darian-Smith is an academic who currently holds positions as the Professor of Australian Studies and History, Faculty of Arts and Professor of Cultural Heritage, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.
She has published widely on Australian history and heritage, including the history of childhood, and was the research leader of the federally funded nationwide study ‘Childhood, Tradition and Change’ which documented children’s play in collaboration with the National Library of Australia and Museum Victoria.
Kate is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and has held government advisory positions in the education, cultural and heritage sectors. She has a long-term involvement in Australian Studies, especially in Asia, serving on Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation/DFAT, and as President of the International Australian Studies Association.
She is passionate about the vision of Kid’s Thrive and its programs for children and their communities.