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Members of the Centre come from diverse disciplines and specialties across the Faculty of Arts and Design, and also include Higher Degree Research candidates.

Research Leaders

Paul Magee

Paul Magee

Professor, Creative Writing and Literary Studies

Director CCCR

  • Philosophy, History and Ethnography of Poetic Composition
  • The Relationship between Art and Knowledge
  • Creative Research
  • Postcolonial Studies of Nation, Travel and Boundaries
Bethaney Turner 

Bethaney Turner

Associate Professor, International Studies

Associate Dean, HDR

Research Lead—Creative, Sustainable Communities

  • Alternative food networks (Community Gardens, Farmers' Markets etc)
  • Human/More-than-Human relationships
  • Digital food cultures
  • Creative ecologies
  • Social Movements
Tracy Ireland 

Tracy Ireland

Professor, Cultural Heritage

Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts & Design

Research Lead—Future Heritage

  • interpretation, conservation and ethics of archaeology
  • the cultural politics of the past
  • heritage management
  • cultural landscapes

Tony Eaton

Associate Professor, Creative Writing

Research Lead—Arts and Health

  • children's, young adult, and crossover fiction
  • understanding creative practice
  • young and emergent writers
Jen Crawford 

Saeed Banihashemi

Associate Professor, Design & Built Environment

  • BIM
  • Digital and Sustainable Built Environment
  • Sustainable Project Management
  • Data Analytics in Construction
  • Parametric Design
  • Digital Engineering and Industry 4.0 in SMEs

Ursula Frederick

Senior Research Fellow, Art and the Activation of Heritage

  • contemporary art and creative practice-based research
  • contemporary archaeologies and future heritage
  • photography
  • inscription, graffiti, and mark-making practices
  • the role of creativity in value creation and material transformation
  • visual methods of knowledge production and dissemination
  • mobilities

Cathy Hope

Associate Professor, Communication

  • the history of Australia's alternative media   institutions
  • play and creativity

Michael Jasper

Michael Jasper

Professor, Architecture

  • problems and devices of composition in mid twentieth century architecture
  • historiography of Renaissance architecture
  • The art of city design
  • modernist thought

Wendy Somerville 

First Nations Australian Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Indigenous storying
  • Indigenous studies
  • Cultural heritage studies
Denise Thwaites 

Denise Thwaites

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts

  • Contemporary art and aesthetic theory
  • Experimental and transdisciplinary creative practices
  • Alternative cultural economies
  • Networked and digital cultures

Alison Wain

Assistant Professor, Heritage Conservation

  • development of materials conservation practice and conservation science
  • laser in analysis and cleaning of material culture
  • preservation of intangible and digital heritage
  • significance and values of heritage

Jen Webb

Distinguished Professor, Creative Practice

  • relationship between the field of artistic production and the wider social domain
  • connections between creative practice and human rights; globalisation
  • links between creative practice and research

Research staff

Ben Ennis Butler 

Ben Ennis Butler

Senior Lecturer, School of Built Environment and Design

  • Data visualisation
  • Digital humanities
  • Interface design
  • User experience
  • Web design and development
Steve Brown 

Steve Brown

Visiting Fellow and Sessional Staff

  • World Heritage
  • Archaeology
Owen Bullock

Owen Bullock

Lecturer, Creative Writing

  • poetry and process
  • semiotics and poetry
  • prose poetry
  • creative arts and wellbeing
  • haikai literature

Jen Crawford

Jennifer Crawford

Associate Professor, Journalism and Creative Writing

  • contemporary creative and experimental writing
  • poetics, environment and the body
  • poetry

Raghavendra Gudur

Lecturer, Graphic Design

  • cognitive aspects of ageing, older users and interface design
  • designing for diversity/inclusive design methodologies
  • design methodologies for intuitive interaction
  • design pedagogy

Sam Hinton

Associate Professor, Media Arts & Production

  • computer games and playful media
  • interactive data visualisation
  • social uses of mobile apps
  • cultural interfaces
  • network histories
  • social media

Annie McCarthy

Senior Lecturer, Arts and Communication

  • storytelling and performance in development programs
  • children’s agency and creativity
  • history and ethnography of children’s participation in development
  • empathy, simulation, and pedagogies of development
  • temporality and growth
Tahmina Rashid 

Tahmina Rashid

Associate Professor, International Studies

  • Gender & Development Studies
  • Feminism
  • Poverty & Microcredit
  • Migration & Identity
  • Radical Islam
  • Peace & Conflicts
  • South Asian Culture & Politics

Tim Sherratt

Associate Professor, Digital Heritage

  • using digital tools to create new cultural experiences and new forms of publications
  • exploring how digitisation projects change our relationship with the past
  • digital heritage
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John Ting

Assistant Professor, Design and Built Environment

  • History of architecture in Southeast Asia
  • Conservation and Heritage in Australia and Malaysia
  • Vernacular architecture and migration
  • Indigenisation in the built environment
  • Prefabrication in construction and architecture
  • Sustainability and construction

Greg Battye

Adjunct Professor


  • creative arts
  • photography

Tracey Benson

Professional Associate, IAE

  • Behavioural insights and user engagement
  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Art, nature and wellbeing

Sally Brockwell

ARC Research Associate, Heritage of the Air Project

  • Cultural heritage studies, Australian civil aviation
  • Cultural heritage studies, Kakadu National Park NT
  • Wetlands archaeology
  • Archaeology of northern Australia and Island Southeast Asia

Stephen Cassidy

Adjunct Professional Associate

  • community arts and Community Cultural Development (CCD)
  • creative industries and innovation
  • Indigenous culture

Paul Collis

Adjunct Professional Associate

  • Indigenous culture
  • creative writing

Dianne Firth

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • theory and practice of landscape architecture
  • heritage landscapes
  • landscape and art
  • textile arts

Caren Florance

Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Artist Books in Australia
  • Letterpress in Australia
  • Creative publishing
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Material poetics
  • Text art/visual poetry intersections.

Brett Holman

Adjunct Professional Associate

  • history and aviation heritage

Siew Imm Tann

Adjunct Professional Associate

  • contact, corpus and historical linguistics
  • world and Aboriginal englishes
  • second-language acquisition
  • educational sociolinguistics
  • corpus-based lexicograph

Subhash Jaireth

Adjunct Professor

  • Russian language and literature
  • creative writing
  • cultural studies

Rina Kikuchi

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • comparative literature
  • modern and contemporary women's poetry
  • European literature
  • contemporary Irish poetry

Patrick Mullins

Adjunct Professional Associate

  • creative non-fiction

Paul Munden

  • development of creative writing as a discipline in UK universities
  • Poetry as a medium for biographical study
  • work of poets and other writers in schools
  • Poetry in partnership with other arts

Satendra Nandan

Emeritus Professor

  • Fijian culture and politics
  • creative writing

Barbara Norman

Professor, Design and Built Environment

  • Urban and regional design
  • Former national president of the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Climate change and sustainable urban planning research

Vahri McKenzie

Research Fellow, Arts and Health

  • Artistic research design and methodologies
  • Theories and practices of contemporary performing arts
  • Theories and practices of writing
  • Relationality and agency in creative practice
  • Artistic responses to science and technology

Jordan Williams

Associate Professor

  • Digital poetry and poetics
  • Writing and wellbeing

Hakim Abdul Rahim

PhD candidate, Cultural Heritage & Museums Studies

Through a Viridian Lens: Autonomy and Agency in Academic Botanical Collections

Emma Allen

PhD candidate


Louise Allerton

PhD candidate, Creative Practice

Co-Creative Explorations of Sign Language, Abelist Pressures and Performing Defiance

The project investigates the historic and ongoing impact of western scientific paradigms of photo-documentation on two Australian sign languages, Pitjantjatjara from the Western Desert and Auslan.

Monica Andrew

PhD candidate, Cultural Vocations and Creative Communities  

The potential contribution of needlecraft skills to clothing and textile sustainability.

Rhonda Ayliffe

Ash Alchemy - Transforming community trauma to resilience with creative arts

Elizabeth Bellamy

PhD candidate, Creative Writing and Cultural Theory 

Escaping the maelstrom:  What feminist informed creative practice led research can reveal about the generative capacities of shame

Tessa Bell

PhD candidate, Creative and Cultural Practice

An exploration of the relationship between materiality and digital preservation.

Julia Brand

PhD candidate, Creative and Cultural Practice

Cleaning the Sydney Harbour Bridge: studying the effects of innovative fast and ultrafast lasers for large scale processing of dirt-encrusted stone surfaces

Lauren Briggs

Masters of Applied Arts and Humanities (Research) 

How do intertextual references to non-Australian literature in Australian Young Adult fiction function in relation to national identity and representation in literature?

Kate Clark

PhD Candidate, Heritage Studies

Australia ICOMOS/University of Canberra Heritage Studies Scholarship


Lisa Fuller

PhD candidate


Thomas Gibson

PhD candidate, Creative Writing

Exploring the concepts of psychological theories of identity development, in particular, the theories of narrative identity and the life story model, to deconstruct the presentation of identity in fiction read by Australian adolescents.

Geoff Grey

PhD Candidate, Cultural Vocations and Creative Communities

The effects of creativity on psychosocial wellbeing for building resilience through improved emotional health in Australian Defence Force (and Emergency Services) personnel.

Donna Hanson

PhD candidate, Creative Writing

My research examines feminism in popular romance fiction and will focus on key themes of agency and/or equality in popular romance fiction from the 1970s, 1980s to the present (realist fiction).

Ashley Harrison

PhD candidate, Cultural and Creative Practice

Flight across Country: Visualising connections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities to aviation in Australia (Heritage of the Air)

Elliot Hartman

PhD candidate

Emotion, perception, and communication: exploring moral perception as a discourse ethic

Rebecca Hawcroft

PhD candidate, Digital Treasures

My PhD is focused on digitised collections and their ability to connect to places and place values

Christopher Holden

PhD candidate, Cultural and Creative Practice

The role of Information Architecture in developing sustainable online cultural resource collections

Kerrianne Markulin

PhD candidate

My area of study is to produce the life stories of a well-respected Wiradjuri Elder, Aunty Flo Grant, using her voice and the voices of those she has enabled and mentored. The exegesis will examine if/how a non-Indigenous woman can represent the life stories of an Indigenous Elder, whilst leaving the power, privilege and voice with the person being represented.

Kerry Martin

PhD candidate

The Materialisation of Testament: the capacity of a textiles based reparative aesthetic to promote thoughtful debate around shameful social histories, with a specific focus on abuse within the Catholic Church

David Melrose

PhD candidate


Lisa Russ

PhD candidate, Creative and Cultural Practice


Fiona Shanahan

PhD candidate, Cultural and Creative Practice

The Northern Territory’s Heritage of the Air

Maggie Shapley

PhD candidate

Gwen Harwood and Margaret Scott: Tasmanian exiles

Asti Sherring

PhD candidate, Creative and Cultural Practice


Andraya Stapp-Gaunt

PhD candidate

Rabbit Island: Using 5 ways of thinking and the protocols for sustainable agents to negotiate a literary homecoming.

Carmel Summers

PhD candidate

The silence of Elizabeth Cook: Is truth in poetic biography compromised by the poetic “I”?

Poetic biography of Eliza Cook. Exploration of the impact on truth by a poetic biography.

Anna Tito

PhD Candidate

Computer games as a tool for social change, interactive narrative and narrative system development,  relational and restorative practices, ethics in game design and industry practices, diversity in games and engineering.

Jessica Western

PhD candidate, Cultural and Creative Practice

Exploring the creative and meaning-making potential of short-term, spasmodic or noncumulative engagements with heritage.

Kimberly Williams

PhD candidate

This thesis seeks to answer the following research question: How can the
hybridization of form in poetry and the use of mixed modes push narrative and lyrical
boundaries to foster the representation of traditionally underrepresented female voices?

Claire Wilson

PhD candidate, Creative Writing

Poetry writing practice and cultural adjustment: investigating experiences of settling in.

Sharpay Wu

PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies

Understanding Chinese Animation and Cultural Policy 2010 to 2020

This PhD project will focus on Chinese animation production and animation professionals from 2010 to 2020. The research investigates how mainstream and independent animation talents are influenced by Chinese cultural policy and how government pursuit of 'soft power' impact them.

Recent Graduates

  • Ian McHugh
  • Louise Curham
  • Wayne Applebee
  • Owen Bullock
  • Monica Carroll
  • Paul Collis
  • Macarena de la Vega de León
  • Niloofar Fanaiyan
  • Caren Florance
  • Kirsten Krauth
  • Mona Soleymani
  • Tim Napper
  • Olga Walker
  • Martin Dolan
  • Wendy Somerville

Zora Pang

Research Development Officer, Acting (Mon, Tuesday, Thursday)

Katie Hayne

Research Development Officer (on leave)

Kimberly Williams

Short Course Co-ordinator