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Burr, Adj. Prof. Assoc. Sandra

Adjunct Professional Associate & sessional staff member
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 20, C33
Telephone: (02) 6201 3866
Facsimile: (02) 6201 2649


  • Member: FAD Writing Research Cluster;  Editorial Board Axon: Creative Explorations
  • Peer Referee: AAWP Annual Conference papers; ACLAR Write4Children Special Issue; Axon: Creative explorations; SLEID Journal (Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development); TEXT: Journal of writing and writing courses
  • Co-Editor occasional Special Issues, TEXT: Journal of Writers and Writing Courses
  • Book Reviewer: TEXT: Journal of writing and writing courses; M/C Reviews: Journal of Media and Culture;  AASG Bulletin

Areas of Teaching

  • Creative Writing (creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, short fiction, young adult fiction)
  • Cultural Research
  • Reading the City
  • Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Supervision

Research Interests

  • Creative practice research methods
  • Examination of creative arts higher degrees
  • Human-animal studies
  • Visual representations of animals
  • Horses
  • Canberra

Qualifications Obtained

  • PhD, University of Canberra, 2008.
    • Women and Horses: A study of Australia's recreational horsewomen. Examines the relationships between contemporary Australia horsewomen and their horses. The thesis comprises a research component and a creative work, Writing Riding: Reflections of an Australian Horsewoman, consisting of personal essay, poetry and photographs
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing, University of Canberra, 2004
  • BA, LaTrobe University, 1981
  • ALAA, Library Association of Australia, 1974

Recent Publications

  • Burr, Sandra, 'Blurred boundaries: humans, animals and sex' in Burns, L and Paterson, M (editors). Engaging with Animals: A shared existence. Sydney University Press (forthcoming)
  • Burr, Sandra, 'A Dog's breakfast: feeding pets in Australia' in Wessell, A and Brien D L (editors). The Cookbook Book: Sources for Reading and Writing Cookbooks (forthcoming)
  • Burr, Sandra, 'Writing Animals' in Walker, Elaine (editor).Teaching Creative Writing: practical approaches. P&H, Newmarket, Suffolk, 2012
  • Burr, Sandra, Co-author, 'Ethical examiners: authority, power and the ethics of examination' in Ethical Imaginations: writing worlds, papers. Refereed proceedings of 16th annual conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2012 (with Jen Webb and Donna Lee Brien)
  • Burr, Sandra, 'Introduction: Creative and Practice-led research Symposium: Around the Room: A summary of the symposium discussion', TEXT: The Journal of Writers and Writing Courses, Special issue no 8, October 2010
  • Burr, Sandra, Co-editor, 'Creative and practice-led research: current status, future plans', TEXT: The Journal of Writers and Writing Courses, Special Issue no 8, October 2010 (with Donna Lee Brien and Jen Webb)
  • Burr, Sandra, Co-author '"Dispirited, often ineffectual and in some respects corrupt"?: re-assessing  'the invisible hand' of peer review', TEXT, Special Issue no 8, October 2010 (with Donna Lee Brien and Jen Webb)'

Creative Practice as Research: Exhibitions

  • Burr, Sandra, Canberra's Inanimate Animals: a photographic journal, handmade book, Creative Practice, University of Canberra Arts & Design Staff Exhibition, Belconnen Arts Centre, 22 July — 7 August 2011