Project Team


Associate Professor Jillian Hamilton (Queensland University of Technology) was Discipline Leader of Art and Design in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT until 2009 and is  on secondment as Associate Director, Academic Sessional Development in the Learning and Teaching Unit in the Chancellery at QUT.  Through her multi-disciplinary expertise, she has supervised creative practice PhDs across art, design, and film and is a member of QUT’s College of Mentoring HDR Supervisors. She has won several university and national awards for excellence in teaching. Most recently:

  • Australian Awards for University Teaching: Award for Teaching Excellence: Arts and Humanities, 2013
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Learning, 2013
  • Award for Institutional Excellence, National Leadership Summit: Benchmarking leadership and advancement of standards for sessional teaching, 2013

She has published several papers on practice-led research and postgraduate supervision and she organized and chaired the National Symposium: Effective Supervision of Creative Arts Research Degrees, held at QUT in Brisbane on the 7th, 8th February 2013. In September, 2013 was a participant in Participant (2013) Critiquing the North American Design PhD, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Associate Professor Susan Carson (Queensland University of Technology) has had eight years of experience in academic management in higher degree research in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Sue is the Principal Supervisor of a number of Masters and PhD students, all of whom work in creative practice. Sue is a member of QUT’s College of Mentoring HDR Supervisors. In this period she has worked in a variety of HDR roles at discipline and Faculty level and was a Faculty representative on University research committees. Her HDR coordinator role was unusual in the tertiary context in that it was a centralized position in a highly diverse Faculty structure and her responsibilities encompassed Faculty research capacity building activities as well as HDR management. In this time she oversaw the Faculty’s transition from an organizational unit with a small HDR base of 120 students (in 2007) to a 2011 enrolment of 300.

Sue has won several awards:

  • Australian Award for University Teaching-Citation, 2013  
  • Dean’s Award for Leadership, 2008  
  •  Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academic, 2006 

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Associate Professor Barbara Bolt (University of Melbourne) is recognised as an international leader in the emergent field of artistic research and is Associate Director of Research and Research Training at VCA, the University of Melbourne, an appointment that acknowledges her leadership in both traditional research and the new field of artistic research. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (I.B. Tauris, 2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and three co-edited publications, Carnal Knowledges: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2013) with Estelle Barrett, Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (I.B. Tauris, 2007) with Estelle Barrett and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (2007) with Felicity Coleman, Graham Jones and Ashley Woodward. The edited book Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research has been accepted for publication in 2014. She maintains a strong dialogue between practice and theory in her work. Publications such as ‘Whose Joy?: Giotto, Yves Klein and neon blue’ (2011), ‘Unimaginable happenings: material movements in the plane of composition’ (2010), ‘Rhythm and the performative power of the index: lessons from Kathleen Petyarre’s paintings’ (2006), ‘Shedding light for the matter’ (2000) and ‘Im/pulsive practices: painting and the logic of sensation’ (1997) have emerged from this dialogue.

From 2011-2013 she was on the executive of the international Society for Artistic Research (SAR), which is responsible for the online, refereed Journal of Artistic Research (JAR) and is a member of the inaugural editorial board of the Australian refereed journal on artistic research Studio Research and Unlikely: Journal of the Centre for Creative Arts She exhibits with Catherine Asquith Gallery in Melbourne and Gunyulgup Galleries in Western Australia.

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Professor Welby Ings (Auckland University of Technology) is Professor in Design and PhD Programme Leader in the School of Art & Design at AUT University. He holds a Ph.D. in applied narratology and wrote New Zealand’s first multi-disciplinary MA in Art and Design. He has supervised to completion over 30 MA, M. Phil., and Ph.D theses. He is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and an executive member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching. Welby is a multi-award winning designer and filmmaker. His film boy was short-listed for the 2006 Oscars and his recent film Munted has won a number of significant European awards.

Welby has published extensively on education, methodology and creative practice and has been an advisor to both the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the World Bank on issues of creativity and learning. In 2001 he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2013 he was awarded the inaugural AUT University medal for his contributions to research and education.

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Professor Ross Harley (University of New South Wales) is an artist, writer, and educator in the field of new media and popular culture. His work crosses the boundaries of media art practice, cinema, music, design, and architecture. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, and at the Sydney Opera House. An expert in the field of digital media and its impact on the arts and education, he is lead CI on three ARC projects investigating the use of digital databases and networked archives for media arts history in Australia. In 1992 he was the director of the Third International Symposium on Electronic Art (TISEA), and is co-chair of ISEA 2013.

Ross has successfully completed the supervision of many creative practice postgraduate students at both MFA and PhD level since 2001.  In 2008 he won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his innovative use of digital technologies in studio teaching. He is co-Director of the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts, and Head of the School of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Dr Claire Aitchison (University of Western Sydney) is a senior lecturer in the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, at the University of Western Sydney where she works with higher degree research students, supervisors and research academics to support doctoral writing and scholarly publications, research education, supervisor development and policy development.

Her teaching with doctoral scholars was recognised with an ALTC Citation (2008) and she was a joint winner of the UWS Vice Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in HDR Teaching Excellence: a multi-level, institutional approach (2011). Her research into student and supervisor experiences of writing, and of the pedagogy of research writing and publication, has produced numerous outputs including with Professors Barbara Kamler and Alison Lee the successful Routledge publication on doctoral publishing pedagogies (2010) and a forthcoming publication on writing groups for doctoral education (Routledge, 2014). She is cofounder of the professional blog Doctoralwriting and is regularly invited to facilitate writers’ retreats and workshops for academics and research students.

Related publications:

  • Aitchison, C. and Guerin, C. (Eds.) (In Press) Writing groups for doctoral education and beyond: innovations in theory and practice. London: Routledge
  • Aitchison, C. (In Press) Learning from multiple voices: feedback and authority in doctoral writing groups, In C. Aitchison and C. Guerin (Eds.). Writing groups for doctoral education and beyond: Innovations in theory and practice. London: Routledge
  • Aitchison, C. and Mowbray, S. (In Press). PhD women: Managing emotions, managing doctoral studies,  Teaching in Higher Education
  • Aitchison, C. & Paré, A. (2012). Writing as craft and practice in the doctoral curriculum. In A. Lee & S. Danby (Eds.). Reshaping Doctoral Pedagogies: changing programs and pedagogies. London: Routledge.
  • Lee, A., & Aitchison, C. (2011). Working with tensions between writing the dissertation and writing for publication. In T. S. Rocco & T. Hatcher (Eds.), Demystifying the Writing and Publishing Process: A Guide for Emerging Scholars. New York: Jossey-Bass.
  • Aitchison, C., Kamler, B., & Lee, A. (Eds.). (2010). Publishing Pedagogies for the Doctorate and Beyond. London: Routledge.
  • Aitchison, C. (2010). Learning together to publish: Writing group pedagogies for doctoral publishing. In C. Aitchison, A. Lee & B. Kamler (Eds.), Publishing pedagogies for the doctorate and beyond. London: Routledge.
  • Aitchison, C., & Lee, A. (2010). Writing in, Writing out: Doctoral writing as peer work. In P. Thomson & M. Walker (Eds.), Doctoral student’s companion: Getting to grips with research in education and the social sciences. London: Routledge.
  • Aitchison, C. (2009). Writing groups for doctoral education. Studies in Higher Education, 34(8). (A*)
  • Aitchison, C. (2009). Research writing groups and successful thesis writing. In J. Higgs, D. Horsfall & S. Grace (Eds.), Writing Qualitative Research in Practice. Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Lee, A. & Aitchison, C. (2009) Writing for the doctorate and beyond In D. Boud and A. Lee Changing Practices of Doctoral Education pp 147- 164.Routledge: London
  • Aitchison, C. & Lee, A. (2006). Research writing: problems and pedagogies. Teaching in Higher Education 11 (3), 265 – 278.  (A)
  • Doctoral Writing blog.

Research Assistant:

Dr Elizabeth Ellison completed her PhD in 2013 at Queensland University of Technology. It was a study of the Australian beach, examining representations in literature and film. It explored the beach as an example of Soja’s Thirdspace, suggesting a new term – the beachspace – to best capture the complexities of the Australian beach. She is currently working as a Research Assistant on the Building Distributed Leadership project, and also as a Research Assistant to Professor Helen Klaebe (Assistant Dean of Research, Commercialisation, and External Relations). In this role, she is working on the external evaluation team for Artslink Queensland’s Animating Spaces project, a community-based arts event.

Project Manager:

Mr David Burgener is a PhD candidate at University of Queensland.