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Erik Malcolm Champion

Enterprise Fellow, University of South Australia

Erik is an Enterprise Fellow at the University of South Australia (Creative-Architecture), Honorary Professor at ANU Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR), Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor at Curtin University. He was previously UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, and Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He was also CIC Visualisation Theme Leader and Steering Committee member at the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC). His Curtin page was here.

He is a chief investigator on four Australian Research Council grants (involving research infrastructures and cultural heritage), and an Australian Research Data Commons Platform Grant. He trained as an architect, an architectural historian, received a second masters (with honours) in philosophy, and his ARC Scholarship PhD was from two Faculties (Geomatics-Engineering and Architecture-Melbourne School of Design) with Lonely Planet as industry partner. He has been teaching multimedia since 1990. He specializes in virtual heritage and serious games and is currently a visiting scholar in Finland. He can be followed on Twitter at @nzerik or visited at LinkedIn.

His recent books are Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage for Routledge’s Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series, and Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011). He also wrote Organic Design in Twentieth-Century Nordic Architecture (Routledge, 2019). The following monograph has just appeared, Rethinking Virtual Places (Indiana University Press, 2021).

He edited Virtual Heritage: A Guide (Ubiquity, 2021), The Phenomenology of Real and Virtual Places (Routledge, 2018), Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012) and co-edited Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2017).

EMAIL: nzerik AT
TWITTER @nzerik


  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, University of South Australia


  • 2006 
    University of Melbourne, PhD