People at the Digital Studio

Information about people who are associated with the Digital Studio.

Professor Rachel Fensham
Professor Rachel Fensham

Assistant Dean, Digital Studio

Professor Rachel Fensham

Professor Rachel Fensham is a dance and theatre scholar with a history of research development in the digital humanities. She is Lead Chief Investigator (CI) on the ARC Linkage project, "Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People" (2015-2018) and CI on the LIEF project for AusStage 6 which has developed an interoperable Theatre and Dance Platform at the University of Melbourne. She established the Digital Humanities Incubator (Melbourne, 2014-5) and in the UK, she launched the Digital Dance Archives and Move Research. Forthcoming publications include editing a section on "Making and Assembling" for the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research and a long article on issues in dance research for a forthcoming Methuen Handbook. With Professor Peter M. Boenisch, she is co-editor of the Palgrave book series, "New World Choreographies" which has just launched its seventh title.

  • Digital Studio Staff

    Digital Studio Project Officer

    Tom Vasey


    Digital Studio Admin Assistant (Casual)

    Nat Cutter


    Nat is a current PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, researching the experiences and impact of English expatriates in seventeenth-century North Africa. He is interested in cross-cultural engagement, social networks, evangelicalism, millennialism, diplomacy, and piracy.

  • Digital Studio Research Fellows

    Dr Natalia Grincheva

    Dr Grincheva is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Unit of Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne. She pursues her career in the field of digital humanities focusing on development of new computational methods to study contemporary museums as important players in creative economy. Her first book, Branding the Global Guggenheim: Cultural Diplomacy in the Neoliberal Age, explores franchising museum practices as new avenues for contemporary institutional diplomacy and global museum PR. The second monograph forthcoming in 2018, Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age, will contribute to the ‘Museum Meanings’ Routledge series. It will explore online museum spaces as sites of social activism and digital diplomacy through several case studies of the largest museums in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

    Dr Megan Upton

    Megan is the Project Manager for the Creative Convergence project. Her research interests include theatre and young audiences, arts-based pedagogies, and performance analysis.

    Ms Tyne Daile Sumner

    Tyne is a PhD Candidate in English and Theatre Studies. Her research interests include 20th century American literature, surveillance, confession, privacy, Digital Humanities, and archives.  Tyne is currently the Cultures and Community Engagement Officer for the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (HASS DEVL) project, the aim of which is to bring together data, digital research tools, and services to enhance the skills and output of the HASS research community. She is also a Research Community Coordinator for Research Platform Services, where she supports the open-source web-publishing platform Omeka and runs trainings, events, and workshops in the Digital Humanities space. In this role, Tyne recently co-edited a digital research skills textbook, which you can read more about here. One of Tyne's key digital projects in 2018 is the creation of 'Surveilit,' an interactive online database exploring the relationship between surveillance and literature.

    Mr Emad Alghamdi

    Emad Alghamdi is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Linguistics. His research focuses on understanding videotext complexity for language learners. Before starting his PhD, Alghamdi completed an MA in English (TESOL) and an MS in Educational Technology in the USA. He founded KAUx, a MOOC platform, and led several educational technology projects in Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in Videotext Complexity, Multimodality, NLP, and Machin Learning.

    Mr Andrew Fuhrmann

    Andrew Fuhrmann is a Research Fellow for AusStage, LIEF17. His research interests include digital collections for the performing arts, poetics and contemporary dance and performance analysis.

    Mr James Lesh

    James is a PhD Candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. His thesis examines the place of urban conservation in the twentieth-century Australian city. He is interested in the relationship between cities, heritage, people and technology. He is the Digital Project Officer for the Melbourne History Workshop project.

  • Digital Studio Interns

    Mr Septi Rito Tombe

    Master of Information Systems, School of Engineering

    Septi currently works on a project under the Creative Convergence, mapping data from the project partners combined with various sources, such as socio-economical data of the local area. This tool will show the patterns of each company's performing arts tours in Victoria in recent years. He has also done a review of some research training material (D3.js) that had been very helpful for me to complete my main project.

    Ms Tracy Zhou and Ms Rachel Liu

    Master of Information Systems, School of Engineering

    Tracy and Rachel are working together on a project under the Melbourne History Workshop, focused on discovering and modelling appropriate technologies and methods to display digital 3D models and historical information on buildings in a Melbourne CBD block. They have explored a variety of possible methods for 3D model building. The current prototype of 3D model is built with CSS 3D transforms to present basic functionalities. For better effects and some advanced functionalities, they will change to OpenGL to implement them if time allows. They have also completed the layout on another prototype building for historical information showing without 3D effects, and are adding functionalities to this system; for example, adding a road marking on map to show a specific street when a viewer’s mouse hovers over a street name.

  • Informatics Support Staff

    Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP)

    Greg D'Arcy
    Mitchell Harrop
    Geordie Zhang


  • e-Teaching staff

    Meredith Hinze (Manager, eLearning /eTeaching)
    Phone: +61 3 8344 3573

    Mitch Buzza (eTeaching Training and Support Officer and LMS faculty representative)
    Phone: +61 3 9035 7549

    Cameron Dunlop (eTeaching Production and Learning Officer)
    Phone: +61 3 9035 3974

    eTeaching equipment Loans officer
    Phone: +61 3 8344 1372

    Plus three casual production staff.

  • Steering Committee members

    Steering Committee members

    Professor Rachel Fensham
    Assistant Dean, Digital Studio

    Ms Donna McRostie
    Research and Collections representative (Acting Director, Research and Collections, University Library)

    Associate Professor Sarah Maddison
    Assistant Dean, Research (Academic, School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS))

    Ms Lucy Ayers
    Partnerships representative (Partnerships Manager, Faculty of Arts)

    Mr Stephen Giugni OAM
    Research Platforms representative (Associate Director, Research Platform Services)

    Mr Ken Clarke
    Engineering representative (Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI))

    Ms Catrionadh Dobson
    Business Developments representative (Senior Business Development Manager, Faculty of Arts)

    Ms Eliette Dupre Husser
    Research representative (Research Manager, Faculty of Arts)

    Mr Tom Vasey
    Digital Studio Project Officer

  • Management User Group members

    Ms Kate Gascoigne
    Faculty Teaching representative (Manager Strategy, Planning and Resources Unit)

    Ms Bernie Farrell
    Facilities/OHS representative (Facilities, OHS and Records Manager, Strategy, Planning and Resources)

    Ms Ailie Smith
    eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) representative (Research Archivist)

    Mr Lyle Winton
    Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) representative (SCIP Platform Manager)

    Ms Mary-Louise Edwards
    Scholarly Information representative (Arts Librarian, Scholarly Information)

    Ms Kim Doyle
    Graduate Student group representative

    Ms Meredith Hinze
    e-teaching rep (Manager, eLearning/eTeaching, eTeaching Unit)

    Mr Tom Vasey
    Digital Studio Project Officer