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Senior Lecturer — Writing, Editing, Publishing, University of Southern Queensland

Kate Cantrell is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher working at the intersection of creative writing, mobility studies, and social justice. Her research specialisation is contemporary accounts of wandering and narrative representations of illness, immobility, and displacement. She has published over 40 journal articles, conference papers, and essays, as well as industry articles in high-profile outlets such as Times Higher Ed where she is a regular contributor. Her short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry appear in highly-esteemed magazines and journals such as Overland, Meanjin, and Westerly, among others. The first Arts researcher in Queensland to be awarded a Smart Futures Fellowship ($23,000), Kate's research on wandering has attracted external funding and often attracts media interest. She has produced commissioned output for community organisations such as Surf Life Saving Australia; government bodies such as Tourism QLD; and NGOs such as UNANIMA International. She has also consulted on global campaigns at the United Nations, where she continues to build globally significant partnerships through her arts advocacy.

An experienced teacher, Kate has taught at top universities in Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and she has an established record of teaching excellence in both Creative Writing and Literature, and in cognate areas of Professional Writing and Communication, and Editing and Publishing. She has a collection of national and international teaching awards and grants ($17,116), and has an emerging reputation as an expert in first-year experience and engagement. In 2019 and 2020, she was awarded consecutive teaching and learning citations for building reading resilience through trauma-informed pedagogy (2020) and supporting professional learning through student partnership (2019).


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer - Writing, Editing, Publishing, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2015–2016
    Post-Doctoral Researcher - Education, University of Oxford
  • 2014–2016
    Visiting Lecturer - Creative Writing, City, University of London
  • 2011–2014
    Associate Lecturer - Creative Writing, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2016 
    University of Oxford, Masters - Higher Education and Applied Linguistics
  • 2014 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD - Creative Writing and Literary Studies
  • 2008 
    Queensland University of Technology, BCI - Creative Writing (1st Class Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programmes (AAWP)
  • Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW)
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW)
  • Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • English Teachers’ Association of Queensland (ETAQ)
  • International Society for Travel Writing (ISTW)
  • National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Queensland Writers’ Centre (QWC)


Australian Delegate 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60, United Nations); Heinrich Böll Writer-in-Residence (Ireland, 2016); Stiwdio Maelor Writer-in-Residence (Wales, 2015); Katharine Susannah Prichard Emerging Writer-in-Residence (Australia, 2013); Australian Delegate (UNANIMA International, United Nations, 2010); Travellers’ Tales Writer-in-Residence (Spain, 2009); Queensland Smart Futures PhD Fellow (2009-2011).