Senior Lecturer, MADA - Monash Art Design and Architecture, Monash University

James Oliver is a transdisciplinary academic with over 20 years of research and teaching experience. The foundations of his research and training are in the social sciences, and his expertise in creative practice is in the methodological considerations of a practice-as-research paradigm. His approach often incorporates ethnographic reflection on social and spatial practices in art, design, performance and film. His wider research interests range across de-colonial practices, public pedagogies and co-producing knowledge. He has also worked in the public sector as an arts development officer and parliamentary speech writer.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Mebourne
  • 2010–2013
    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2009
    Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh


  • 2003 
    The University of Sheffield, PhD (Sociological Studies)
  • 1998 
    The University of Strathclyde, MRes (Social Science)
  • 1996 
    Glasgow Caledonian University, BA (Hons.) Social Science (Poltics with History)