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Eduardo de la Fuente

Honorary Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, University of Wollongong

Eduardo de la Fuente’s teaching and research cut across the themes of culture, economy, place and creativity. He is currently working on a project that explores the connection between culture, space and social life through the conceptual lens of 'texture'; and in recent publications has applied this 'textural sensibility' to the topics of the built environment, landscape, and (with Michael Walsh of the University of Canberra) to sound and spatial atmospheres. December of 2019, will see the publication of his co-edited collection (with Ariella van Luyn) Regional Cultures, Economies and Creativity: Innovating through Place in Australia and Beyond (Routledge). Due to his interest in places and spaces, Eduardo is increasingly drawn to the idea that creativity and creativity-related competences are best cultivated through place-based strategies and pedagogies rather than through generic or universally-conceived planning or policy frameworks. He is heartened by a recent World Economic Forum publication claiming that, in the future, leaders and managers are likely to function as ‘context curators’. If he were to try his hand at an airport bestseller the title of such a tome would be either John Cage and the Art of Management; or In Praise of the Slow Entrepreneur. Eduardo is on the Editorial Board of the journal Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, President Ex-Officio of ISA RC 37 Sociology of the Arts and a member of the newly founded Creativity in Higher Education Network (CHEN).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation, James Cook University


  • 1999 
    Griffith University, Cultural and Media Policy