Research and Technical Development Manager, Digital Humanities, Western Sydney University

I am Research & Technical Development Manager, Digital Humanities, for the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. I studied at Murdoch University, Perth Australia, and have held positions at The University of Queensland, Curtin University of Technology, The Australian National University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. Most recently, I was a Data Analyst in Research & Development at Murdoch University (Perth) and Technical Officer for the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at The Australian National University (Canberra). In Perth I administered Murdoch University’s ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) data submission. In Canberra I led the design and development of one of the largest digital history and knowledge management projects in the field of Australian Indigenous History.

My publications are in Australian Studies, Book History and Communication and Cultural Studies. My latest book, 'Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom' (2012), examines the literary, economic and cultural interdependence between Australian and British publishers during the twentieth century. Other recent publications include ‘Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?’ (2010), a cultural studies analysis of technology use in humanities research, and ‘Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers’ Authors and Titles within Australian Literature’ (2009), a study of 100 years of publishing in Australia.

I have been engaged in humanities computing research for over a decade. I am proficient in the key technologies and approaches commonly used in digital humanities and digital history projects. In my research I am particularly interested in systems and strategies for measuring and benchmarking research impact across disciplines; the evaluation gap between “born digital” scholarship and traditional research outputs; digital cultural mapping, geo-temporal analysis and big data in humanities scholarship; the interaction between consumerism, technology and cultural transformation; the future of books projected from an historical perspective and from current product developments; the predictive role of creative work in book formats; and open business models in academic publishing.


  • 2013–present
    Research & Technical Development Manager, University of Western Sydney
  • 2010–2013
    Technical Officer, Australian National University
  • 2011–2013
    ERA Submission Administrator, Murdoch University
  • 2008–2009
    University Associate, Curtin University


  • 2011 
    Murdoch University, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, MA in Australian Studies
  • 1995 
    University of Queensland, PGDip in Australian Studies
  • 1993 
    University of Queensland, BA


  • 2012
    Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom, Anthem Press, London, Delhi and New York
  • 2011
    Angus & Robertson and the Case of the Bombshell Salesman, Script & Print, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 69-79.
  • 2010
    A Policy of Splendid Isolation: Angus & Robertson, George G Harrap ..., Script & Print 34.1, Burwood, VIC: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, pp 34-42,
  • 2010
    Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers ..., Antipodes, Brooklyn, New York: American Association of Australian Literary Studies, pp 197-208,
  • 2009
    The Literary Novel and Australian Literary Cultures 1950-2008, (with Richard Nile) in The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, CUP, pp 517-548,
  • 2009
    Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?, Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture, SUP, pp 240-273,
  • 2008
    Reprints, International Markets and Local Literary Taste: New Empiricism and Australian Literature, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, pp 198-218,
  • 2007
    Other Contact Zones, (Iva Polak and Peter Van Der Merwe), Network Books, Perth,
  • 2000
    Futurestext, New Talents 21C: Journal of Australian Studies 63, UQP, pp 139-45,

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies (190404)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Historical Studies (2103)