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Our Team

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

Tracy Ireland

Professor, Cultural Heritage

Director, CCCR

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

Ross Gibson

Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research

  • history of environmental consciousness in colonial cultures, particularly in Australia and the Pacific
  • film studies, digital media and large-screen environments
  • Narrative and memory in placemaking
  • contemporary arts

Paul Hetherington

Professor, Writing

Head, International Poetry Studies

  • understanding creative practice
  • new publishing technologies
  • autobiographical memory
  • imagery and creativity
  • poetry and life writing

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

Jennifer Crawford

Associate Professor, Journalism and Creative Writing

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

Tony Eaton

Associate Professor, Creative Writing

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

Ursula Frederick

Post-Doctoral 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

Assistant Professor, Communication

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

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

Bethaney Turner

Associate Professor, International Studies

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

Denise Thwaites

Assistant Professor, Digital Art and Humanities

  • Digital Humanities

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

Jordan Williams

Associate Professor

  • Digital poetry and poetics
  • Writing and wellbeing

Research staff

Ben Ennis Butler 

Ben Ennis Butler

Lecturer, School of Built Environment and Design

  • Data visualisation
  • Digital humanities
  • Interface design
  • User experience
  • Web design and development
Owen Bullock

Owen Bullock

Lecturer, Creative Writing

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

Raghavendra Gudur

Assistant Professor, 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

Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Production

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

Mirani Litster

Mirani Litster

Lecturer, Cultural Heritage

  • Archaeology and archaeological theory
  • Cultural encounters and interaction
  • Cultural heritage
  • World Heritage

Paul Magee

Associate Professor, Writing

  • philosophy and history of aesthetics and   knowledge
  • the relation between poetry and knowledge
  • political theory and cultural studies

Annie McCarthy

Assistant Professor, 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

Vahri McKenzie

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

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

Fanke Peng

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

  • Visual thinking and analysis
  • User experience design
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

Susan Thwaites

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Production

  • Cinematography
  • Screen studies
  • Screenwriting
  • Adaptation
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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

Paul Ashton

Adjunct Professor

  • public history and digital image

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

Steve Brown

Visiting Fellow and Sessional Staff

  • World Heritage
  • Archaeology

Michael Biggs

Adjunct Professor

  • practice-led research
  • collaborative practice

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

Brian Egloff

Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage

  • cultural heritage management

Caren Florance

Visiting Fellow

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

Michael Grenfell

Adjunct Professor

  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • social research in creative fields

Dianne Firth

Adjunct Associate Professor

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

Rosemary Hollow

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • Heritage Studies

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

Karen Mow

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • public administration
  • higher education
  • research

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

Hakim Abdul Rahim

PhD candidate, Cultural Heritage & Museums Studies

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

Emma Allen

PhD candidate


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 whirlpool of shame: obstacles in the journey from isolation to intimacy

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?

Louise Curham

PhD candidate, Creative Practice

Tending the archive': exploring the problem of preserving ephemeral cultural heritage in a manner that is meaningful to a community of users or practitioners.

Martin Dolan

PhD candidate, Creative Practice

My research focuses on the mechanisms of memory that are currently accepted in cognitive psychology and on the techniques of lyric poetry as they relate to the depiction of memory: how it is recorded and how it is recalled.

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

Ian McHugh

PhD candidate, Creative Writing

Australian fantasy fiction as a literature of unbelonging

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


Wendy Somerville

PhD candidate

Rummaging for Histories/Stories through Place, Archives and Memories

Andraya Stapp-Gaunt

PhD candidate

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

Shane Strange

PhD candidate, Creative Writing

Is there a space for a radical construction of the subject with in the critical literature on creative labour?

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.

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.

Recent graduates

  • 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

Oliver Bell-Mackie

Research Assistant

Katie Hayne

Research Development Officer

Jessica Western

Research Assistant