People at the Digital Studio

Information about people who are associated with 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.

  • Digital Studio Staff

    Digital Studio Project Officer

    Tom Vasey


    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.

    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 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.

    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.

  • Informatics Support Staff

    Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP)

    • Dr Mitchell Harrop partners and consults on many of the Digital Studio projects and is especially active in the Melbourne History Workshop
    • Greg D'Arcy
    • Geordie Zhang

    SCIP website

  • e-Teaching staff

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

    Mitch Buzza (eTeaching Training & Support Officer and LMS Faculty Representative)
    Phone: +61 3 9035 7549

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

    Daniel Hayward (eTeaching equipment Loans officer)
    Phone: +61 3 8344 1372

    Plus two 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)

    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)

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

    Mr Tom Vasey
    Digital Studio Project Officer

  • Management User Group members

    Ms Marija Grgic
    Faculty Teaching representative (Acting 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)

    Dr Tyne Daile Sumner
    Digital Chamber researchers representative

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

    Mr Tom Vasey
    Digital Studio Project Officer