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Lecturer, UNSW Sydney

Dr Scott East is a Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture where he teaches museum studies and art theory. He is a CI on an ARC LIEF project The Australian Cultural Data Engine and is committed to engaged research with the cultural sectors having presented his research in policy, academic and industry settings.

Scott completed a doctorate on an ARC-Linkage Grant investigating the roles of museums in discussions of climate change. And was previously a CI on an ARC Linkage project digitising the Kaldor archive.

Scott has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in museum education, modernism, cultural theory, museum studies and contemporary art at a number of institutions. In addition, he has worked as an Educational Developer providing professional development to academic staff as well as in Science Communication and Community Development.

Research interests include museums and institutions, culture, gender, sexuality, disability studies, queer theory, transnational feminisms, practice-led research, cultural policy and critical and creative pedagogies.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, Arts, Design & Architecture
  • 2017–2018
    Director of Global Engagement, UNSW Australia (Art & Design)
  • 2013–2016
    Director, Student Experience, UNSW Australia (Art & Design)


  • 2013 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD (Culture and Society)
  • 2007 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), First Class
  • 2006 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual) & Bachelor of Science (Human Geography)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Australian Cultural Data Engine
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2021
    Digitising Kaldor Public Art Projects Archive
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Museum Studies (210204)
  • Art Theory (190103)