Professor Head is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER) at the University of Wollongong.
She is a geographer who has been President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and chaired the Geography committee of the Australian Academy of Science.
Most recently, she has worked mostly in cultural geography, with projects on backyard gardens, wheat and invasive plants, which developed from an earlier interest in Aboriginal land use, ethnobotany and fire.
Professor Head began her career using palaeoecology and archaeology to study long term changes in the Australian landscape, and the interactions of prehistoric peoples with their environments.
Today she is building on this multidisciplinary background at AISCCER, which is applying cultural research methods to the pressing issues of sustainability of climate change.