ETHNOGRAPHIC AND USER-EXPERIENCE RESEARCH
2013-2012 Occupying the Commons, New York City/Melbourne, Australia. Ongoing study about integrating urban and online experience to build the resilient capacity of communities. NYC-based fieldwork includes public space activation projects and community self-mobilization following Hurricane Sandy.
2012 Project for Public Spaces. New York City. Comparative user analysis study of key public plazas around New York City for prominent tourist destination client. Sites included Times Square, Herald Square, 911 Memorial. Data collected through methods such as time-lapse filming, behaviour mapping, flow counts and observation.
2011-2010 Social research consulting. Hall & Partners |
Open Mind, Melbourne, Australia. Qualitative studies for public sector (Federal and State government) clients, using ethnographic
techniques (group discussions, depth interviews, video and online ethnography)
in policy areas such as climate change, immigration and refugee experience,
gambling and economic reform. Products have included audience
segmentation, developmental and baselines studies, behaviour change/agenda setting strategy, developing communications products with creative agencies.
2009 Australians’ Attitudes Towards Animal
Farming. School of Design &
Social Context, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. A
qualitative, nation-wide social science study which used photo-elicitation
techniques to identify factors that influence perceptions of animal rights. Coordinated
empirical research activities, led focus groups, produced media catalogue for
project library and reports for key stakeholders. Grant subsequently awarded to develop evaluation matrix for
sustainable factory farming practices.
Screens & the Transformation of Public Space, School of Culture & Communication, Melbourne University, Australia. A
study into the impact of large public screens, based in Federation Square,
Melbourne. Co-ordinated ethnographic research (recruitment, interviews and
observation), visual documentation of empirical site, preliminary qualitative
analysis of research data and production of research reports summarising early
findings. Study subsequently expanded into a pioneering project linking
public screens in Seoul and Melbourne for media events testing the
transformation of public space.
2008-04 Moving Images, the Museum and a Politics of Movement: A Study of the
Museum Visitor. School of
Culture & Communication; School of Historical Studies, Melbourne
University, Australia. PhD dissertation employing ethnography,
social theory and cultural policy analysis to appraise visitor experience in Screen Gallery of The Australian
Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. Contributed
to larger Australian Research Council-funded investigation, The Spatial Impact of
Digital Technology on Contemporary Art and New Art Institutions (2004-07).
Findings used for comparative field investigation between ACMI and similar
international institutions, and for scholarly assessment of curatorial and institutional practices, as
well as the gallery’s public value.
COMMUNICATIONS, ART & DESIGN
2012 'How Much Do I Owe You', No Longer Empty, NYC. As a part of The Wise City, developing a ‘commons
wayfinding system’ to highlight local assets and activate the neighborhood in
Long Island City.
2012 Broken But Not Defeated:
Repair as Design Methodology and Social Practice, Istanbul, Turkey. Co-ran design workshop as a part of invited residency with KUAD Gallery on the occasion of the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennal
2012 Taking the Inside Out, Park(ing) Day, NYC. Held media and information exchange urban street intervention as a part of a 'Beyond Zucotti Park' launch, in association with Van Alen Bookstore.
2012 The Illuminator, NYC. Urban projections
using tactical media van and pop-out library
Occupy Town Square, NYC. Supporting communities to hold 'pop up town
squares' by activating parks, wayfinding and civic revitalization.
2012 Greenpointing Tour, Archtober Month, NYC. Co-coordinated and led
a public urban walking tour highlighting Greenpoint’s histories and encouraging
critique of current revitalization plans.
2011 [co]design studio, pro bono research role at multi-disciplinary design studio working with communities to plan and build sustainable built environments, through projects and design education
2010-2011 Art Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian-English
translator for premier Kyiv-based art journal, distributed throughout Europe
2010 EIDOS Art Development Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine, Communications Coordinator (pro bono)
20011-08, Project Australia, research director (pro bono) at
not-for-profit organisation providing online incubator for social innovation.
2009 Penthouse Mouse Art and fashion event for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Artist curator
2009-08, Genealogies of
Digital Light Web developer for photography research project,
School of Culture & Communication,
Years of Melbourne University Theatre, web & graphic designer for commemorative database and website, Melbourne University
2006 Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
, pro bono researcher to support fundraising activities, Melbourne.
2002 Small Giants Television
Web/visual designer for youth not-for-profit, Melbourne, 2002; 2001 Silver Bullet
website/online game for stage production ‘Catch-22’, Melbourne Fringe Festival
and Twitter: integrating public media platforms A fieldwork study of the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A
live panel, current affairs program, examining the political
potential of public broadcasting in light of its recent integration with
Cabling; Digital Television Recorder Formats. Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University, Melbourne. A baseline review
of submarine cabling literature to support Australian Research Council grant
proposal; review of TV recorder format literature in preparation for launch of
premier digital television journal.
Analysis of Journalism Policy. School of Culture & Communication,
Melbourne University. Overview of key databases and literature to recommend key
research areas for further investigation.
Television News Services. Media & Communications Program, Melbourne
and media content analysis of television news services
for international research investigation.
2009 Tutor Lifestyle & Consumer Culture
, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne
2008 Subject Coordinator City Cultures–Urban Stories, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne
2008 & 2006 Subject Co-ordinator, Media Futures & New Technologies, Media & Communications Program, University of Melbourne
2005-04 Guest lecturer & tutor Media Futures & New Technologies, Media & Communications Program, University of Melbourne
School of Culture & Communication; School of Historical Studies, Melbourne
Diploma in Media & Communications, 2003, University of Melbourne
Modern Languages (German), 2002 University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Media Major), 2001, The Victorian
College of the Arts/The University of Melbourne