BA (English & Journalism), Hons (Literature & Cultural Studies), GradCert (Writing, Editing & Publishing), PhD (Literature & Critical/Cultural Theory)
I am a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. My research to date has explored the intersection between geography and the humanities, crossing a number of disciplines including literary, media, and communication studies as well as human-computer interaction. My VC fellowship project focuses on geocultural research and the digital spatial turn, and examines how geospatial technologies have been and can be employed within humanities and cultural research to map unfolding socio-cultural phenomena. As part of this fellowship, I am collaborating with the Urban Informatics Research Lab on a project that examines how location-based or geo-social media contribute to urban placemaking.
In past projects, I co-founded (with Jane Stadler and Stephen Carleton, University of Queensland) the Cultural Atlas of Australia, a digital mapping project and cultural heritage resource. The Cultural Atlas of Australia investigates the cultural and historical significance of location and landscape in Australian narrative fiction and presents the first national survey of narrative space spanning Australian novels, films and plays. The project was funded through an ARC Discovery grant 2011 – 2013.
Before taking up the VC fellowship at QUT, I was a senior lecturer in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at The University of Queensland. I have previously held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, and in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland. My publications include two research monographs, namely Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity (Routledge 2008) and Contagious Metaphor (Bloomsbury Academic 2012). I also have a scholarly book, Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives (co-authored with Jane Stadler and Stephen Carleton), forthcoming with Indiana University Press.