Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries. Her research interests include media education, media audiences and television studies with particular attention to both crime and comedy. Her current ARC Discovery project is entitled Border Crossings: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama (DP160102510). With Kate Darian-Smith (Melbourne) and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW) Sue also holds a current ARC Linkage project (LP 150100202) with partners at the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. Her most recent publications include The Television Crime Drama (Edinburgh UP 2014) and The Media and Communications in Australia (2014) co-edited with Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham. Sue is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and for six years, editor of the academic journal Media International Australia. She is currently joint editor of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. Sue is a frequent media commentator on television and radio in Australia who writes on crime fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Dr. Susan (Su) Ballard is Head of Postgraduate Studies in the Arts, English and Media, and teaches in Contemporary Arts at the University of Wollongong. Working at the intersection of visual culture and environmental humanities, her research is concerned with the ways in which art and writing address big ideas about the environment, technology, and the politics of culture. Through collaborative partnerships and communication projects she facilitates discussions of the role of art, design and media in the age of the Anthropocene. Her recent publications have focused on artistic and other cultural engagements with species extinctions, loss of biodiversity, sound, robots, natural disasters, affect, earthquakes, New Zealand birds, and sympathy, including recent essays in the Art Journal of Australia and New Zealand, Reading Room, Convergence, Environmental Humanities, and Art and Australia. She co-edited The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader with Stella Brennan in 2008, and has a particular expertise in alternative, open access, and collaborative publication formats. From 2014-2016 Su led MECO: the Material Ecologies Research Network at the University of Wollongong. She was a founding trustee of The Aotearoa Digital Arts Network (ADA), New Zealand’s national research network for digital and media arts, and served as deputy chair of the board of The Physics Room contemporary art space in Christchurch, NZ. She is the co-editor of The Fibreculture Journal for Networked Culture. In 2013 she curated the major exhibition Among the Machines for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. With seven others she co-authored A Transitional Imaginary: Space, Network and Memory in Christchurch (Harvest Press: Christchurch, 2015). Su is leading the forthcoming (co-authored) creative non-fiction book 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2018).


Louise Boscacci is an artist-researcher and biologist and Honorary Post-Doctoral Fellow in the C3P. She completed her PhD in Contemporary Arts (Visual Arts), University of Wollongong, in 2016. Recent research on ‘the encounter-exchange’ draws in affect scholarship, mammal extinction histories, making material objects, shadow places, and intersectional writing as part of cross-disciplinary practice and scholarship. She teaches in contemporary arts at UOW and the National Art School, Sydney.

Anne Collett is interested in the relationship between poetry and natural environment, whether in response to extreme weather events like hurricanes/tropical cyclones; disruptive geological events like volcanic eruption, earthquake and associated tsunami; or more generally as the means of connecting people and place, human with non-human. Her most recent research interest in the Bog brings together environmental science/eco-systems, archaeology, aesthetics, story and poetry. She teaches English literatures at the University of Wollongong.

Shady Cosgrove is an Associate Professor, a novelist and academic with research interests in prose fiction and narratology. Her most recent novel, What the Ground Can’t Hold (Picador Australia, 2013), chronicles the lives of nine people trapped in the Andes after an avalanche. Unbeknownst to them, all of the characters are linked by Argentina’s Dirty War. The work explores multiple point-of-view schemas and themes of hope, survival and forgiveness. Shady’s memoir She Played Elvis, published by Allen and Unwin in 2009, was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Prize. The work chronicles Shady’s pilgrimage across America to Graceland to honour the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and explores the themes of family, loss and belonging. Her short fiction has appeared in SoutherlyAntipodesOverlandBest Australian Short Stories as well as Spineless Wonders publications such as Flashing the SquareSmall Wonder and Out of Place. She regularly presents at the Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference and is a member of academic honour society Phi Betta Kappa.

Nicola Evans is a lecturer in Media and Communications. Her current research interests focus on creative re-imaginings of the material book, the intersection of humanities and animal studies, and the emergence of drone cinema. She recently co-edited (with Guy Davidson, UOW) Literary Careers in the Modern Era (2015). Her research has appeared in many film, literary and cultural studies journals including ScreenCulture Theory and Critique,  the International Journal of Cultural Studies,Discourse, The Canadian Journal of Film StudiesLife WritingText and Performance Quarterly andContinuum.  She is also researching new forms of teaching to enable students in arts and sciences to collaborate.

Joshua Lobb is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared in The Bridport Anthology,Best Australian StoriesAnimal StudiesText and Social Alternatives. His plays have been performed at The Actor’s Centre and Belvoir St Theatre. His scholarly work focuses on narrative theory and on Creative Writing pedagogy, with a particular interest in the intersections between critical theory and creative practice. His current creative projects include a series of short stories on human/bird interactions, and a novel, Real LifeReal Life won the LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2014, as well as two residential fellowships at Varuna, the Writers’ House.

Catherine McKinnon lectures into the Performance and Creative Writing Programs. She is a novelist, playwright, and director. Recent research and creative writing has examined unreliable narration, violence and violent energies, and the cultural, social, and ecological changes that have taken place in the Illawarra since 1796. Her current research and writing investigates narratives around atomic energies, specifically the making and dropping of the atomic bomb in the Second World War. Her plays have been produced by the Red Shed Theatre, State Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival, while her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational LiteratureText JournalRealTime and Narrative. In 2008 Penguin published her novel, The Nearly Happy Family. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival and As I Lay Dreamingwon the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. In 2015, she, along with four others, won the Griffith Novella 111 Award. She is currently working with director, Chris Ryan, on a new play, Kin, scheduled for production in 2016 and is completing her novel Storyland, to be published by Harper Collins.


Brogan Bunt has a background in media art. His current work involves aspects of writing, photography and lived action. He has produced the spatial-exploratory documentary Halfeti—Only Fish Shall Visit (2001), software projects such as Ice Time (2005), Um (2009) and Loom (2011), a book, Risking Code: the Dilemmas and Possibilities of Software Art (2008), and the blog-based work, A Line Made By Walking and Assembling Bits and Pieces of the Bodywork of Illegally Dumped Cars Found at the Edge of Roads and Tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment (2013).

Agnieszka Golda is a visual artist. Her collaborations with other artists and researchers produce installation spaces that respond to the complex set of relations between power, feeling (the senses, affect and emotion) and trans-cultural narratives drawn from Slavic folkloric practices and Japanese popular culture of anime. She teaches in Contemporary Arts at the University of Wollongong.

Michael Griffiths research lies at the intersection of concerns about the human and the nonhuman that begin with a version of Foucault’s question, “how are living beings made subjects of power?” His work particularly asks this question in (post)colonial contexts. He teaches in English at the University of Wollongong.

Margaret Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in the Theatre and Performance program. Her primary research interest is in the aesthetics of contemporary Australian theatre and the question of the politics of modes of postdramatic and dramatic performance and the context in which they are presented. Her research has covered work by Australian artists such as The Hayloft Project, Jenny Kemp, The Sydney Front, William Yang and director Benedict Andrews, as well as international artists including Rimini Protokoll, Robert Wilson and Heiner Müller. She is the author of Transfigured Stages: Major Practitioners and Theatre Aesthetics in Australia (Rodopi, 2011) and her work has been published broadly in book collections and journals including Theatre JournalSexualities and Australasian Drama Studies. She is a Chief Investigator on AusStage, the ARC funded digital database for theatre and performance research and her current projects include a longitudinal study of live performance presented by the Australia International Cultural Council. She is a member of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies and the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Lucas Ihlein is an artist and lecturer in Contemporary Arts in the School of The Arts, English and Media. He uses a creative-practice based research methodology (including blogging, printmaking, public events, and scholarly publication) to explore complex environmental management issues, with a particular focus on Australian agriculture. His current research project: Sugar vs the Reef – Socially Engaged Art and Urgent Environmental Problems is the focus of an ARC DECRA Fellowship from 2016-18.

Jade Kennedy is a Yuin man from the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW and has been privileged with the intimate knowledges of his peoples customs, culture and County.

Sukhmani Khorana is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). She has published extensively on news television, diasporic film, and the reception of multi-platform refugee narratives. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, She holds a current ARC Linkage project (LP 150100202) with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. Sukhmani is currently working on a new book project on food and mediated cosmopolitanism in Australia. She has also published creative non-fiction in magazines such as OverlandKill Your Darlings, and Peril, and is co-founder and co-editor of a writing collective called ‘Southern Crossings’.

Jo Law is an artist and an academic. Currently, both of these practices focus on creating mapping tools and perceptual models using different materials and technologies to develop tacit understanding of the world. She teaches in Contemporary Arts and Media Arts at the University of Wollongong.

Siobhan McHugh is Senior Lecturer in Journalism in the discipline of Creative Industries. Her research examines transformations of voice in relation to marginalised groups and in the context of audio storytelling, drawing on the fields of oral history scholarship and radio journalism. An internationally recognised author (of four critically acclaimed social histories including Minefields and Miniskirts (Lothian 2005) and The Snowy: The People Behind the Power (Harper Collins 1995) and documentary-maker before transitioning into the academy, she combines traditional scholarship into the ways in which podcasting technologies and transnational storytelling are driving changes in formats and styles with high-impact practice-based research such as radio documentary. She is Founding Editor of the first journal of critical analysis of the audio documentary form, RadioDoc Review and is on the editorial board of the A-ranked The Radio Journal: international studies in audio & broadcast media. She holds a current ARC Discovery (DP150103082), examining relational agencies in the production of Aboriginal art, is CI on a pending Discovery, SBS Multiplatform Communities: Curating Diversity, and is lead CI of a pending ARC Linkage on the history of SBS’s multicultural radio. She has a forthcoming chapter, The Affective Power of Sound: oral history on radio” in the foremost anthology of oral history scholarship, The Oral History Reader (Routledge 2016).

Teodor Mitew’s research focuses on the Internet of Things, sociable objects, and anticipatory spaces.  He is interested in the notion of enchantment as a translation device linking materiality and data. He teaches in Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong.

Christopher Moore is a researcher in the Digital Humanities, and his research interests include games studies, digital communication and media, intellectual property, affect, digital storytelling and his current focus on the visual analysis of online identity as persona and games studies. He teaches in Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong. @cl_moore

Jo Stirling is a practicing designer. Her research focuses on collaborative creative practice, with a particular interest in design for social change and sustainability. Her current research project The Modern Midden: Visualising Waste through Information Design, explores how visualising information can be employed to address waste generation and product end life in Australia. She teaches in Design at the University of Wollongong.

Wenche Ommundsen is Professor in English Literatures, and has published widely on Australian and comparative literature, as well as on cultural and literary theory. In recent years, her research has focussed on multiculturalism and multicultural writing, with special emphasis on Asian diasporas and on theories of transcultural literary formations. She has been a Chief Investigator on several ARC-funded projects: Australian literature and public culture, Building cultural citizenship: Multiculturalism and children’s literature, and Globalising Australian literature: Asian-Australian writing/Australian writing in Asia, and has had main responsibility for the multicultural subset of the major literary biographical database, AustLit. Her current work, supported through the ARC Discovery grant ‘New Transnationalisms: Australia’s multilingual literary heritage’ (with Michael Jacklin, Tuan Nguyen, Nijmeh Hajjar and Sneja Gunew) records and investigates Australian writing in languages other than English. She is author of many essays, the book Metafictions?  Reflexivity in Contemporary Texts (1993) and has co-edited four books including, most recently, Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalisation, with Michael Leach and Andrew Vandenberg (2010).

Paul Sharrad is Senior Fellow in the English Literatures program. He taught ‘Commonwealth’ or postcolonial writing for many years and helped establish Wollongong’s reputation as a centre for research in this area, running the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, being Secretary for the South Pacific branch of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies, organising conferences and editing the journal ‘New Literatures Review’. Paul’s writing has been published in over 50 journals and by more than 50 publishers across 19 countries. It has promoted literature from PNG, the Philippines, the Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia and India, originally in the context of opening up the traditional studies of canonical British-American works and inspecting the critical assumptions by which ‘postcolonial’ works had been excluded and by which new national canons were made. Two books are central to this project: ‘Raja Rao and Cultural Tradition’ (1987) and ‘Circling the Void: Albert Wendt and Pacific Literature’ (1993). This led to a broader interest in how literary history has been constructed and how postcolonial writing might generate alternative models, collected as ‘Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction’ (2008). A major Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2002-4) brought together scholars in literature and the creative arts to explore relationships between text and textiles. The main publication of several arising was ‘Reinventing Textiles, volume 3’ co-edited with Anne Collett (2004). More recently, research work has included editing the ‘New Literatures’ section of ‘The Year’s Work in English Studies’ across several volumes and editing with Coral Anne Howells and Gerry Turcotte volume 12 of ‘The Oxford History of the Novel in English’ (2016). Another ARC Discovery grant has supported the current work on how the literary career is assembled, focusing on Australian writer, Thomas Keneally.

Ika Willis is a Senior Lecturer in English Literatures. Her research in the field of reception theory extends across the disciplines of Classics, English, and Cultural Studies, and she has published on texts from Harry Potter fan fiction through Xena: Warrior Princess to the Latin epic poetry of Virgil and Lucan. She is the author of a monograph, Now and Rome, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on reception as it intersects with philology, postcolonialism, feminism, queer theory, myth studies, fan studies, and media archaeology. Her current projects include ‘Amateur Knowledges’ with Louise D’Arcens and Leigh Dale (UOW) and a volume on Reception for the New Critical Idiom series. Ika is the co-convener of the Feminist Research Network at UOW; a member of the editorial board for the Journal of  Transformative Works and Cultures; and a member of the Reception Study Society, the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, and the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network.Professor Wenche Ommundsen in the English Literatures Program.

Brian Yecies is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he teaches and researches on transnational film and digital media, entrepreneurship and cultural policy in Asia. His individual and collaborative research appears in a wide range of journals and book chapters across the fields of film and media studies, Asian studies, cultural studies and computer science. With Ae-Gyung Shim, Brian is co-author of Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948 (2011, Routledge), The Changing Face of Korean Cinema, 1960-2015 (2016, Routledge) and South Korea’s Immersive Webtooniverse and the New Media Revolution (forthcoming, Rowman and Littlefield). Currently, he is a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants: “Digital China: From Cultural Presence to Innovative Nation” (2017-2019, with Michael Keane, Haiqing Yu, Susan Leong and Elaine Zhao), and “Mobile Webtoons: Creative Innovation in a New Digital Economy” (2018-2020, with Jack Jie Yang). In the recent past, Brian was a research fellow with the Korean-Foundation and an Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Communications and New Media programme, as well as a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Willing Collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production” (2014-2016, with Michael Keane and Terry Flew), and Council for Australian Arab Relations-DFAT project “Networking Women Entrepreneurs in Sydney and Dubai Innovation Hubs” (2015-2016, with Greg Kerr and Richard Howson).


Tess Barber is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong researching alternative approaches to environment and ecology in Science Fiction.

Eva Hampel is currently researching the liminal space and new materialist thinking in art relating to the natural world.  She is an artist with a long career in environmental planning, currently completing a PhD at the University of Wollongong.

Cameron Hindrum is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong researching The Sand: a novel about cultural and ecological erosion in regional Tasmania.

Douglas Simkin is a PhD student in Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong examining Raw data feeds, guerrilla networks, conflict journalism

Travis Wall is a PhD student in Media and Communications researching Actor Network Theory and Design Thinking

Kim Williams is a visual artist whose recent research and work on climate and waterways in Australia is a means of talking about nature through art.  She gathers her thoughts en plein air and makes multimedia three-dimensional works and drawings.  Currently she is collaborating on participatory environmental projects

Adjunct Members

Graham Barwell has worked extensively on the relations between human cultures and large seabirds and is currently interested in technologically-enabled birds. He taught in Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong. Albatross was published in 2014

Vincent Bicego (PhD) is a multi-disciplined art historian and textile artist. His research has explored Indigenous art production in relation to constructs of landscape, and is increasingly focused on contemporary engagement with pre-contact traditions such as rock art. His own arts practice explores (dis)continuities between the digital and the analogue.

Fernando do Campo is an Argentinian and Australian artist, writer and curator currently based between Melbourne and New York. He launched the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans) in 2015. In 2014 Fernando became the inaugural General Sir John Monash Cultural fellow, completing an MFA at Parsons School of Design, New York in 2016. He is the 2017 guest curator for Devonport Regional Gallery, working with the Tasmanian International Arts festival, and is currently working towards exhibitions and projects for Praxis Gallery (New York), Ararat Regional Gallery (VIC) and the Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. He is represented by Praxis Gallery, Buenos Aires & New York. 

Tracey Clement is an artist, arts writer and PhD candidate in Fine Art at the University of Sydney. Her current research responds to JG Ballard’s novel, The Drowned World, with a particular focus on imagery of the ruined city. She is known for creating artworks that meticulously utilise labour intensive techniques for their conceptual resonance. Clement has exhibited widely, both in Australia and overseas, and her writing is published regularly in numerous art and design magazines.

Dr Laura Fisher is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Sydney College of the Arts, Uni of Sydney. Her research interests span art in the public domain, urban cycling cultures and cross-cultural encounter. Laura’s current project ‘new visions of the rural’ is investigating socially engaged art projects that address the changing circumstances of rural communities around the world.

Bianca Hester is a multi-disciplinary artist whose research involves art in public space, exploring how social, material, ideological and historic forces intersect. Research interests include working critically within contested space, the politics of materiality and the ethics of collaborative engagement. Hester was the inaugural Post Doctoral research fellow in visual arts at the Sydney College of the Arts between 2013-2016 where she co-led the Space, Place and Country research cluster with Dr Saskia Beudel. She currently lectures at Sydney College of the Arts and The University of Wollongong.

Liz Linden is an artist and a PhD student in Visual Arts at UOW.  Her research focuses on appropriated text in contemporary art practice, specifically as an aesthetic and informational element operating critically on globalisation.  She is also American (sigh), watching her Environmental Protection Agency be evicerated from | |

Bridie Lonie is a PhD Candidate at the University of Otago, a Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the Dunedin School of Art, and an Emeritus Member, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. Her research looks at the interdisciplinary nature of understandings of climate change and consequences for the role of art.

Pip Newling is a PhD student researching Re-Telling Belonging: exploring place, race and community through memoir

Simon Pope’s ( b.1966, Exeter, UK) research and art practice is preoccupied with participatory art’s engagement with new materialism and concepts of the more-than-human, asking “who else takes part?” This question formed the basis of his practice-led doctoral study at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2012-15). Formerly a member of the Net.Art group I/O/D, he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Pope was a NESTA Fellowship awardee (2002-05), a Reader (tenured-Professor) in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art (2005-10) and is currently an Associate Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (2014-) and visiting faculty member and supervisor for Transart Institute’s MFA & PhD in New York City and Berlin. He lives in Toronto, Canada. More information at:

Julian Priest is an independent artist living and working in New Zealand and exhibiting internationally. He works with participatory and technological forms exploring themes including infrastructures, time, energy, security, space, environment and communications. Recently he has been making a series of works which explore gravity including a large interactive work for Art Space Auckland and an orbital artwork ‘The Weight of Information’. He was co-founder of early wireless free-network community in London and an advocate for the free-networking movement and has  wide experience in technology, arts and design. He is a member of the Aotearoa Digital Arts trust board and has lectured at the Banff Centre, Whanganui School of Design, A.U.T University and Massey University in Wellington.

Dr Linda Williams is Associate Professor of Art, Environment and Cultural Studies at RMIT University where she leads the AEGIS Research Network for arts and ecology. Her publications can be accessed at