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Chief Investigators

Professor Bree Hadley
Professor Bree Hadley

Queensland University of Technology

Bree Hadley is Professor in Drama, and Study Area Coordinator – Acting & Drama in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice at QUT, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture and Media Studies (2019, with Donna McDonald), Disability, Public Space Performance & Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers (Palgrave 2014), and articles on diversity, access, and inclusion in the arts in journals, industry press, newspapers, and other platforms.

Associate Professor Eddie Paterson
Associate Professor Eddie Paterson

The University of Melbourne

Eddie Paterson lectures in scriptwriting for theatre, contemporary performance, new media and games at the University of Melbourne. His research explores intersections between performance and everyday life - with a focus on radical writing practices, disability arts and climate politics.

Professor Katie Ellis
Professor Katie Ellis

Curtin University

Her research focuses on disability and the media extending across both representation and active possibilities for social inclusion.

Associate Professor Janice Rieger
Associate Professor Janice Rieger

Queensland University of Technology

Janice is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology.

Associate Professor Michael Whelan
A/Prof Michael Whelan

Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Michael Whelan is an academic, writer, musician and autism advocate. Michael has written music and directed productions for theatre companies and festivals including Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Access Arts, Qld Youth Arts Festival and the Sydney Festival.

Partner Investigators

Caroline Bowditch
Caroline Bowditch

Arts Access Victoria

After 16 years living and working in the UK, Caroline returned to Australia in July 2018 to take up the role as Chief Executive Officer at Arts Access Victoria. She is best known as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield.

Dr Christen Cornell
Dr Christen Cornell

Australia Council for the Arts

Christen is a researcher, writer and project manager with a unique and diverse skill set and over 10 years of experience in the tertiary education sector. Her primary areas of research include cultural studies, cultural policy, Inter-Asia cultural studies and urban studies, while more recently she has become engaged in applied research on the social and cultural impacts of investment in the arts.

Caitlin Vaughan

Australia Council for the Arts

Experienced engagement and impact specialist, program manager and diversity lead with a demonstrated history of working across different sectors. Skilled in strategy, non-profits, partnerships, communications and programs, my focus is on creativity, impact and change.

Steering Committee

To be confirmed
To be confirmed

Higher Degree Research Students

To be confirmed

Queensland University of Technology

Research Assistants

Racheal Missingham
Racheal Missingham

Queensland University of Technology

Racheal Missingham is a Brisbane based deaf theatre maker with over 10 years of experience of dabbling as physical theatre performer, dramaturg and researcher who works in disability arts and culture and mainstream culture.

Jordan Alice
Jordan Alice

Curtin University

Jordan Alice is passionate about disability and the arts as well as living a more environmentally friendly life. She studied interior architecture with an honours in accessible design, she went on to do a postgraduate in art and design and hopes to complete a PhD in art and disability.

To be confirmed

The University of Melbourne