I am a human geographer and Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Management and CMBI (Centre for Mining Equipment, Technology and Service Business Innovation), QUT. My current research focuses on understanding the drivers and networks behind stakeholder engagement in mining projects to better understand how differing stakeholder perspectives emerge. I have a particular interest in the making and un-making of extractive landscapes, and in understanding nonhuman contributions to landscape alterations.
My background lies in design and museum studies, and I have an ongoing professional practice as an artist and visual communicator. Within my research, therefore, I bring an unusual perspective that combines geographic research methods with contemporary design practice.
(2020 - short music films)
This video, created collaboratively with musician cyberBanshee (Hannah Reardon-Smith), explores speculative underground existences. In keeping with our previous collaborative practice this three-video narrative collectively focuses on underrepresented nonhuman experience, in this case the largely hidden subterranean world of groundwater, cave-dwellers and stygofauna, infused with eerie electro-flute soundscapes. In creating a sense of momentum and tension through the works, we consider the impact of anthropogenic change on the largely invisible underground through abstract representations, and move toward a speculative present of sub-terra nonhumans that coexist alongside human interventions below the surface.