Lindy Joubert is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, Founding Director of the inaugural UNESCO Observatory at The University of Melbourne and for three years was a consultant at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She is Vice President World Craft Council Asia Pacific Region, with an emphasis on the South Pacific. Lindy was Director of the Asia Pacific Confederation for Arts Education for ten years. Lindy organised five international conferences in multi-cultural arts and arts and health. She has led teams for the Community Arts Development Scheme Evaluation for VicHealth, the Arts Health Strategy for the Australia Council, the Healing Arts project across Children’s Cancer Centres in Victoria and won the tender for the Creative Arts Strategy for the new Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
Lindy’s core activities are action-based research using the arts in education, arts in health and across cultures with collaborative partners. As Founding Director of the UNESCO Observatory she engaged in capacity building projects with student and professional groups using the arts, crafts, architecture and culture for the Ministry of Education in the Cook Islands; an eco-tourist resort in the Torres Strait Islands; a health centre outside Lae in Papua New Guinea in partnership with Design and Build; a health, education vocational training centre at Gichocho, Kenya, Africa and a cultural centre for the Sami people in Finnish Lapland, known as "Samiland". Ms. Joubert with partners achieved a Vice Chancellor’s Knowledge Transfer award that resulted in the development and completion of a cultural centre in Los Palos, East Timor. A number of projects are currently underway with NGOs, government and local communities. Her teaching subject, ‘Facilities for Social Sustainability’ has over the last four years resulted in the design of facilities for the Werribee Park Zoo, an Indigenous Healing Garden for Southern Health Hospital, an Art History Walk connecting two recovering Murrundindi bushfire communities and the design of facilities for Worawa Aboriginal College.
Lindy has had thirty five national and international exhibitions of paintings, six in New York City. She is Editor-in-Chief of the UNESCO Observatory bi-annual peer reviewed e-journal; editor of the UNESCO Observatory Global Village Reading Series; writes and presents research papers and her edited book "Educating in the Arts – the Asian Experience, Twenty-four essays" has been published by Springer, 2008. Lindy is currently engaged in the AMITY project using the crafts for community development and preparing a book sequel: "Educating in the Crafts – the Global Experience", also to be published by Springer.