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FAD Distinguished Fellow Program

The Faculty of Arts and Design has appointed four FAD Distinguished Fellows in 2022 to foster institutional partnerships in research and to develop sustainable connections with the research community in Australia. The Distinguished Fellows will spend time at UC mentoring, collaborating and engaging with our researchers and students during 2022.

The FAD Distinguished Fellows in 2022 are:

Professor (Honorary) Barbara Bolt

Professor Barbara Bolt is a Professional Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. She is a practising artist and art theorist with special interest in new materialist theory, ethics and artistic research. Her research addresses the dialogue between theory and practice and between digital and analogue painting seen through the lens of New Materialisms. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation (2004) and Heidegger Reframed (2011) and five co-edited books, The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education (2019), Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research (2014), Carnal Knowledge: Towards a "New Materialism" through the Arts (2013), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (2007) and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (2007). She has successfully completed 29 graduate researchers engaged in Artist Research during her career. Her artwork can be found on Instagram @ Barbara bolt

Associate Professor Scott Brook

Scott Brook is Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, where he was previously Associate Dean, Communication (2018-2021). His research focuses on creative vocations and the cultural field in the context of the 'creative turn' in cultural policy, employment, and Higher Education.  He is currently a Chief Investigator on ARC Linkage Project 'Creative industries pathways to youth employment in the COVID-19 recession' (LP200301027), which will work with youth arts and media organisations to understand the ways in which micro-credentials and digital badges articulate creative skills. He was previously Lead CI and CI on two ARC Discovery projects studying creative graduate pathways in Australia and the UK. He has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra (2014-16), Visiting Lecturer in the Cultural Management program, Strasbourg University, and visiting scholar at the School of Communications, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and the Cultural Economy program, Monash. He has published widely in journals and books, including Cultural Trends, International Journal of Cultural Policy, and The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work (2018, ed. N Wilson et al).

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in Online Communication and Media at the University of Sydney. He is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Online News and Media Pluralism, and is also a Chief Investigator on the eSafety Commission Research project, Emerging online safety issue: co-creating social media education with young people. His research explores cultural production, public service media, cultural intermediation, everyday social media, automated media, and algorithms in media. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Policy & Internet journal and the Treasurer for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA). Hutchinson is on the Board of Directors for the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy as part of the Diplomatic World Institute and is an active and regular contributor to the media. He is an award-winning author with articles in a number of national and international Scimago Q1 journals, government submissions, and his book, Cultural Intermediaries: Audience Participation and Media Organisations (2017), is published through Palgrave Macmillan.

Associate Professor Michael Sing

Michael is an Associate Professor in Construction Management at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He holds a PhD in Construction and Project Management, Curtin University. He has 9 years’ industrial experience in infrastructure project management prior to starting his academic career. Michael is a chartered surveyor and engineer, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Michael’s research interests focus on delivering infrastructure assets effectively throughout their life-cycle using a variety of approaches and modelling techniques. He has expertise in managing fundamental problems being confronted by infrastructure projects, which has been acquired by practicing as a project manager/surveyor in Hong Kong. Michael’s research has a strong relevance to practice. He is skilled and experienced in developing mathematical models to examine time, cost, quality, safety and environmental issues that impact the management and performance of infrastructure projects. His research has attempted to simulate “what if” scenarios (using the System Dynamics and Bayesian Network) to generate multiple perspectives to resolve the critical issues of project delivery. Michael has a significant research track record of publications and enterprise activities. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings predominantly in the area of infrastructure/project management. He has attracted A$1.66million research funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), government and professional bodies. For example, Michael is currently working as a Chief Investigator (CI) on an ARC Discovery Grant (A$280,000), which proposes a machine learning algorithm and digital information sharing process to enhance the delivery of mega transport projects. Michael was also a CI of a research project (A$170,000) funded by the Hong Kong Development Bureau, which aimed to develop a hybrid Monte-Carlo Model to improve the risk estimation for infrastructure projects.

For questions regarding FAD Distinguished Fellow Program, including how to apply for 2023, please contact FAD ADR