Professor. Co-Director Fabricate Studio, RMIT University

I am Designer and Professor with 25 years of experience in cultural research and design practice. I have a PhD in Architecture and Design and an MBA in Higher Education Management form University College London (2014). I am an invited Associate Scholar in the Centre for Research in Digital Education, Moray House, University of Edinburgh and a former Board Member of CraftACT.

In 2017 I co-founded Fabricate Studio, a business that focuses on bespoke digital fabrication training and lab development. In this role I have delivered digital fabrication training to refugees and new migrants through the New Creative Futures Textile Enterprise.

Prior to this I held leadership roles in academia including: Associate Dean Research, University of Canberra; Director of Higher Degrees Research, RMIT University; Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and Head of Communication Design, Queensland University of Technology.

I have received national and international awards including: Queensland Premiers' Smithsonian Fellowship (undertaken in New York); Australian Post-graduate Industry Awards (resulting in 1.1millionAUD grant); Australian Wool Fashion Awards (first prize, twice).

I am recognised for my extensive social enterprise experience through my work as a co-founder of the 4000 member global network, Museum3 which ran for 8 years and provided an invaluable resource to the cultural sector.

I am a member of the Fulbright Scholarship Committee, an Australian Research Council Assessor and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Specialities: research, leadership, strategy and ,innovation, cultural co-creation, social network development, museum communication, design.

Experience

  • 2013–2016
    Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2010–2013
    Associate Professor, RMIT University
  • 2008–2010
    Associate Professor, Swinburne University

Education

  • 2015 
    University College London, MBA - Higher Education Management
  • 2004 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 1989 
    University of South Australia, Bachelor of Design, Human Environment Design

Grants and Contracts

  • 2007
    Engaging with Social Media in Museums
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2004
    New Literacy New Audiences
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Curatorial And Related Studies (2102)
  • Museum Studies (210204)
  • Design Innovation (120302)

Honours

Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow 2006 -2010Queensland Premier's Smithsonian Fellow 2004, First Prize - Knitwear Australian Wool Fashion Awards 2016