Cathy Hope is the Coordinator of the Play, Creativity and Culture Project in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. This applied research project critically examines the role and capability of play in cultural practice across the lifespan. The Project is currently investigating the potential of play in enlivening cities and enhancing wellbeing in partnership with the ACT Government to inform urban renewal in Canberra.
Cathy has written extensively on alternative cultures in their initial experimental phases – including film festivals, farmers’ markets and Australian youth radio station Triple J. Cathy programmed films for the early Canberra International Film Festivals, and co-directed the Canberra Short Film Festival. She has worked in a freelance capacity for the Australian media, including film and travel reviewer for The Canberra Review, chief editor of a Melbourne city guide and other publications including Rolling Stone magazine.
Cathy lectures in communication at the University of Canberra and is an award-winning teacher in higher education with over twenty years of experience. Cathy's key interest is in enabling non-traditional and other students to succeed in the university environment. In 2013 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Equity and Diversity.
Play - as a cultural mechanism, as a strategy for enhancing well being, and as an enabler of engagement, creative practice, and disruption – is at the core of Cathy's freelance writing, research and teaching pursuits and practice.
Cathy thinks herself lucky.