Chris Johnston
Heritage Specialist


Chris Johnston is Principal and founder of Context. She is an experienced facilitator who specialises in community consultation and involvement, and in understanding the value of heritage and attachment to place.

Chris has a national reputation for her contributions to the development of social significance methods. Chris is also a strategic planner who works with government, private organisations and communities in the development of strategic policies.

Over the last 15 years, Chris has been at the forefront of developing Australian approaches and methods for the systematic and careful identification of social value of heritage places and the involvement of communities.

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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 Arts (Ceramics), Australian National University


Honorary Research Fellow, Deakin University

Australia ICOMOS

Planning Institute of Australia

International Association for Public Participation

Professional Historians Association (VIC)

ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Heritage

Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Group, 2012–2013