Research Team

The CAMRA research is being undertaken by a network of researchers located in four universities (New England, Sydney, UTS, Wollongong) and in seven regional project locations and within partner cultural agencies.

The pooled capacity of these researchers has already contributed to a greater understanding about the density, character and value of cultural industries in each region.

I am an economic geographer and completed a PhD as part of CAMRA in 2012. My thesis examined the surfboard industry and was focused on east-coast Australia, southern California and Hawai'i. My broader research interests include: cultural industries and manufacturing; labour geographies, industrial restructuring and technological change; cultural heritage and historical economic geographies.

Andrew Warren
University of Wollongong

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong studying under Chris Gibson's supervision. My project is concerned with the conceptual binary of Day and Night and how that plays out within debates about cultural infrastructure, heterotopia and the right to the city.

As an honours student (as part of CAMRA) I completed a research project on the Oxford Tavern, which is a pub and live music venue in Wollongong.

Ben Gallan

Carolyn is a visual artist and casual academic at Sydney College of the Arts. She is also a criminology research candidate at the Sydney Law School, researching the nature of traditional, live, human witness testimony in the adversarial criminal jury trial, and exploring how that is being modified by the use of video technologies.
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Carolyn McKay
University of Sydney

As Project Manager for Arts and Culture with LGSA, Chloe's role is to:

· Work toward the implementation of the five key objectives contained in the Fourth Cultural Accord between Arts NSW and the LGSA to further arts and cultural development, these being:

· Encourage the incorporation of provisions for local arts and cultural development into councils' Community Strategic Plans.

· Gain a better understanding of existing arts and cultural infrastructure across NSW and approaches to meeting future needs, including possible principles for future development of arts and cultural infrastructure.

· Provide Aboriginal people with greater opportunities to participate in, share and strengthen their culture through arts practice, and develop careers and businesses in the arts and cultural sector.

· Encourage councils to explore local initiatives to provide artist studios and residency programs, develop creative enterprise hubs and support local creative industries.

· Engage with councils and other organisations to encourage the development of local capacity, and councils' facilitation of connections between local arts and cultural groups.

Chloe has experience as a Community Planner (Cultural Development) with Port Stephens Council; Community Development Coordinator and Integrated Planning Coordinator with Great Lakes Council; Health Promotion Officer with Mid North Coast Area Health Service and ran her own multimedia business producing websites, CD-ROMs and design projects for clients such as Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Government and Non-Government Organisations. With qualifications in Business, Multimedia and Community Service Coordination, Chloe is currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management through the UTS Centre for Local Government.

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Chloe Beevers
Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA)

I'm a geography postgrad student based at the University of Wollongong. My research interests centre around adapting geospatial technologies to cultural research, especially in relation to the cultural or 'creative' industries.

My thesis research involves the application of mental maps and GIS to interview-based methodologies. This blend of methods was deployed in the Creative Tropical City project, an ARC linkage grant that mapped Darwin's creative industries.

Chris Brennan-Horley
University of Wollongong

Chris Gibson is Professorial Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong, ARC Future Fellow and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research. His research interests include cultural industries, regional development, tourism and festivals. He is the author of Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity and Place (Routledge, 2003) and Deadly Sounds, Deadly Places: Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Australia (UNSW Press, 2004).

Chris Gibson
University of Wollongong

Jim Walmsley is a Professor of Geography at the University of New England. He is particularly interested in the changing nature of Australian society and what that might mean for regional development. His principal current concern is with what people for in their leisure time, how this relates to changing lifestyles, and how leisure time activity, especially cultural activity, influences social wellbeing.

Jim Walmsley
University of New England

Katrina Fox is a freelance journalist & editor. She writes opinion columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC's The Drum Unleashed website. Her articles have appeared in a variety of mainstream consumer magazines and newspapers as well as specialist and niche publications. She is editor-in-chief of The Scavenger online magazine for alternative, progressive news, features and commentary with a strong social justice ethos.

Katrina is currently a site producer for the Culturemap website and content editor for the Empty Spaces website.


More information about Katrina can be found on her website.

Katrina Fox

Lisa Andersen is senior researcher on the Australian Research Council-funded CAMRA Project and manager of the Empty Spaces Project. She is also community engagement coordinator for UTS Shopfront Community Program at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her research interests are audience and market development, cultural industries and regional development, community cultural development, and community-engaged research, and she has practiced theatre for 25 years.

Lisa Andersen
University of Technology, Sydney

Paul Ashton is Professor of Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests cover cultural heritage, Australian history and public history. He is also on the Dictionary of Sydney's board and editorial management committee. Paul is co-editor of the Journal Public History Review. His recent publications include 'People and Their Pasts: Public History Today'(Palgrave Macmillan 2008) co-edited with Hilda Kean (Ruskin College, Oxford), and co-author of 'History at the Crossroads' (Halstead Press, 2010) with Paula Hamilton (UTS).

Paul Ashton
University of Technology, Sydney

Rosalia Catalano is a writer and musician. Her publications include the UTS anthology 'Nine Tenths Below' (Halstead Press 2005), 'Mitsu: The Dark Witch and the Dream Wilderness' (Trafford 2010) and 'Isabel Likes to Daydream' (La La Land 2010). She is currently assisting with research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS, and is managing the Culturemap community area of the Empty Spaces and CAMRA website.

Rosalia Catalano

Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. Most of his work is inspired by the way people and time tangle together in places. This means he's interested in the past, present and future of places. What holds our places together through time? And what pulls them apart?

Ross Gibson

Tara is a many-media maker, a mum, an anthropologist and managing director of TRAX.

Tara Prowse