People at the Digital Studio

Assistant Dean, Digital Studio

Professor Rachel Fensham

Professor Rachel Fensham
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.

Project Officer, Digital Studio

Tom Vasey

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Tom is a professional who has worked primarily in museums and libraries. He has a particular interest in how digital technologies are transforming the ways people discover and interact with cultural collections. He began his career promoting cultural collections, initially at Museum Victoria and then at the Australian War Memorial. More recently Tom has been working with the archives and heritage collections at Newcastle Library, leading on digitisation projects, the development of an online collections discovery platform, and the management of digital born acquisitions.

Working in the Digital Studio, Tom is interested to further explore how digital technologies can remake encounters with cultural collections; expanding access and reforming discovery behaviours.


Fellows and resident researchers

The Digital Studio is mentoring of a community of digital humanists through the Digital Chamber and by hosting international fellows and visiting researchers.

Find out more about fellowships and residencies

Digital Chamber Researchers

  • Dr Tyne Daile Sumner

    Tyne is a researcher and teacher in English and Theatre Studies. Her research interests include 20th Century American literature, surveillance, confession, privacy, media, and Digital Humanities. Tyne is currently the Engagement Consultant for the new Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL) project. The aim of this national project is to bring together data, digital research tools, and services to enhance the skills and output of the HASS research community. Tyne is also a Senior 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 The Digital Research Skills Cookbook: An Introduction to the Research Bazaar Community. Tyne's key digital projects in 2018 include the creation of 'Surveilit,' an interactive online database exploring the relationship between surveillance and literature as well as DigiCom, an SSAF Grant-funded project that will explore the 'Tech Journey' of 5 PhD candidates who are using digital tools in their research. Get in touch with Tyne if you'd like to know more about Omeka trainings, the HASS DEVL or the Digital Research Skills Cookbook. She's also on Twitter at @tynedaile.

  • Dr Mia Martin Hobbs

    Mia an early career oral historian, with a research focus on transnational histories and memories of war and conflict, trauma, and reconciliation. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in 2018, where she teaches American and Southeast Asian history. Mia’s doctoral research was an oral history with Australian and American Vietnam veterans who returned to Việt Nam after the War. She has published on veteran memories and war narratives in The Australian Journal of Politics and History and written on contemporary issues surrounding veterans’ returns to Vietnam for The Conversation.

  • Dr Lynne Kent

    Lynne is currently working as research assistant on the ARC Linkage project "Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People" (2015-2018). Her research engages in interdisciplinary dialogue across the fields of new materialism, digital media, theatre and performance. She has a recent publication in the Journal of Science and Popular Culture and is currently writing a chapter for book Routledge publication, Western Theatre in Global Contexts. Non-traditional research outputs include www.thinkmaking.net, a series of audio podcast interviews with leading Australian puppeteers on the use of new technologies and materiality. Lynne sits on the advisory board as the Australasian representative of the International Research Commission for Puppet Theatre and regularly teaches on the use of objects and images in performance practice.

  • Dr Jessica Megarry

    Jessica recently completed her PhD in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her work explores the politics and ethics of the network society from a feminist perspective, and she is particularly interested in analysing how transformations in time, space and surveillance are shaping feminists’ ability to politically organise in the era of social media. Jessica is currently involved in two collaborative research projects: one investigating tensions of inclusion/exclusion in relation to LGBTIQA+ organising, and the other looking at contemporary experiences of feminist consciousness-raising groups. She has been published in Feminist Media Studies and Women’s Studies International Forum.

  • Nell Ustundag

    Nell is an inter-disciplinary scholar and collections specialist with multi-faceted experience in cross-cultural environments and public institutions. She holds degrees in Politics and Art Curatorship, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Applied Anthropology and Law. Nell has held professional appointments at a variety of institutions in Australia and abroad including Museums Victoria, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, National Gallery of Victoria and Museum Productions (NYC). Her Doctoral project, entitled Cross-Cultural Encounters: Pacific Exhibitions and the Making of Meanings, explores the form and function of Pacific exhibitions in Australia, with a particular focus on visitor experience and impact.

  • Jean Dinco

    Jean is a Phd student in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in using digital tools in media analysis to scrutinise how social media opinion leaders frame the Rohingya crisis as opposed to traditional media in UN Security Council permanent member countries. Her past research has analysed HIV/AIDS-related reports in the Philippines, media sentiments towards LGBTQ communities in Nepal, and the impact of securitisation on marginalised communities in Indonesia. Jean wrote a chapter about the status of human rights in the Philippines for the forthcoming book Human Rights Outlook in South East Asia 2018, scheduled for release in December 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Jean has worked as a Public Information Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    Jean also paints in watercolour, and her latest artwork about the Rohingya crisis will be included in a commemorative art publication in Canada. Previously, her artwork has been used as part of the 2015 Public Governance Ministerial Meeting in Helsinki, Finland and the 2019 Embracing Our Differences exhibit in Florida, USA. She has directed short films, and her film, Rainbow X, exploring transgender rights in the Philippines, won the Top Award from the International Association of Business Communicators. In 2018, Jean was invited to speak at Human Rights Campaigns’ Global Innovative Summit in Washington D.C. about her film projects. She tweets at @imajeaned.

  • Catherine Nunn

    Catherine is a PhD candidate at the Grimwade Centre, SHAPS, researching Australian artists use of materials abroad from 1885-1914. She is a painting conservator and has worked for over 20 years in the industry in galleries and conservation studios in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She now runs her own consultancy, Catherine Nunn Art Restoration, while also engaged in her doctoral studies. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in art conservation, and her past research projects have focussed on the materials and techniques of Australian Post-Impressionists artists (E. Phillips Fox and Ethel Carrick), conservation histories and object biography.

  • Alex Shermon

    Alex is currently completing a minor thesis in the School of Culture and Communications. His work uses digital qualitative analysis tools to explore the discourse of conservative media commentators in Australia. He has recently finished the Digital Studio Internship Program where he worked with Dr. Mary Tomsic to curate and display books by children for children using the online web-publishing platform Omeka. He has previously done similar work with the Baillieu Library curating digital collections of the University of Melbourne's first Chancellor, Redmond Barry. He is also a Community Coordinator for NVivo and Omeka at Research Platform Services, where he runs regular training and meetups for Graduate Researchers.


Digital Studio colleagues and partners

  • Informatics Support staff

    Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP)

    • Greg D'Arcy
    • Geordie Zhang

    SCIP website

  • Arts eLearning/eTeaching

    Co-located with the Digital Studio on level 3 of the West Wing of Arts West, the Arts eLearning/eTeaching unit supports teaching staff with integrating technology in their teaching, to develop innovative blended learning approaches and teaching materials, to stimulate active learning, and enhance student engagement.

    Meredith Hinze (Manager, eLearning /eTeaching)
    Email: m.hinze@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 3573

    Mitch Buzza (eTeaching Training and Support Officer and LMS Faculty Representative)
    Email: mitch.buzza@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 9035 7549

    Daniel Hayward (Equipment Loans and eTeaching Support Officer)
    Email: arts-equipment@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 1372

    Grace Quiason (eTeaching Media intern)
    Email: g.quiason@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 xxxx

    Vacant (eTeaching Production and Learning Officer)
    Email: xxx@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 9035 3974

    Plus two casual video production staff.

  • Digital Studio Steering Committee

    Steering Committee members

    Professor Rachel Fensham
    Assistant Dean, Digital Studio

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

    Dr Stephen Giugni OAM
    Research Platform Services representative (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)

    Associate Professor Paul Gruba
    Petascale Campus representative (Academic Convenor, Humanities and Social Sciences)

    Mr Tom Vasey
    Digital Studio Project Officer