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Photo of Professor Tara Brabazon Professor Tara Brabazon

BA (Hons I) UWA, B Lit Comm Murdoch, B Ed (Distinct) CQU, Grad Dip Inet Stds (Distinct) Curtin, MA (Distinct)UWA, M. Lett Cult. Stds CQU, M. Ed (Hons I) UNE, PhD Murdoch

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst and Dubbo campuses in Australia and the Ontario, Canada campus in Burlington). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and head of the Popular Culture Collective.

Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. She has won six teaching awards, including the Australian National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with others in the areas of postgraduate supervision, disability and cultural studies. She was a finalist for the 2005 Australian of the Year and also for the 2005 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the Community Service category. She is also a well-known columnist on education, having written for the Times Higher Education. Tara’s personal website is www.brabazon.net and she is active on social media sites including academia.edu, twitter (@tarabrabazon) and linkedin. She also has a YouTube channel and a podcast series.

Tara is a specialist first year teacher and experienced doctoral supervisor. She commenced teaching in Universities in 1992 as a Teaching Apprentice in the History Department at the University of Western Australia.  She then went on to work at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Central Queensland University and Murdoch University in Perth. In the UK, she held professorial posts at the University of Brighton and the University of Bolton. She was also the Professor of Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada.

She was the Programme Leader of the Communication and Cultural Studies degree at Murdoch University, the founder and Programme Leader of the Master of Arts Creative Media at the University of Brighton, and the Head of Photography and Creative Media at the University of Bolton, managing 11 degree programmes.  Tara is an awarded doctoral supervisor and candidature manager with an outstanding record of successful completions, while also conducting examinations and institutional audits and validations of postgraduate programmes throughout the world.

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Tara has fulfilled a range of administrative, management and leadership roles in higher education.  A selection is featured below:

  • Head of Photography and Creative Media, University of Bolton, 2012
  • Head of UoA 37, REF, University of Bolton, 2012
  • Member Research and Innovation Committee, University of Bolton, 2012
  • Graduate Studies Committee, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2011-12
  • Reviewer, Irish Research Council, 2011 
  • Chair of the Master of Letters Review Committee, Central Queensland University, 2010-11
  • Fellow, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce), 2008 -
  • Steering Committee, National Art Design Media Subject Centre, 2006-2011
  • Advisory Group, National Art Design Media Subject Centre, 2006 -2011
  • Independent Chair, Doctoral Examinations, University of Brighton 2007-2011
  • Coordinator of the Media Studies Open Days, University of Brighton, 2007-2010
  • Head of the Master of Arts Creative Media 2007-2011
  • Head Media Research Brighton 2006 – 2010
  • Head of RAE Unit of Assessment (UoA 66), University of Brighton, 2006-7 
  • Steering Committee, Academy of Advanced Studies, Murdoch University, 2005-2006
  • University Research and Scholarships Committee, Murdoch University, 2001-2006
  • Coordinator: Creative Arts review (2003)
  • Coordinator: Postgraduate forms and prospectus review (2003)
  • University Lecturer Promotions Committee, Murdoch University, 2001-2004
  • Programme Chair, Communication and Cultural Studies, Murdoch University, 2000.
  • Coordinator – Orientation Day Activities for Murdoch University 1998-2002
  • National Assessor, Commonwealth University Teaching and Student Development, National Teaching Grant Scheme, 1999

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Tara is a prolific researcher and writer, having produced 16 books and 180 refereed articles and book chapters through her career.  She is also an in-demand and award-winning public speaker, with over 50 keynote addresses presented throughout the world.

Tara works at the interface between the knowledge economy and social justice.  Her best known research is in the areas of popular cultural studies, media literacies, sonic media, creative industries and city imaging.  Her research clusters into three areas: 

  1. online learning/information literacy and multimodality,
  2. orality, aurality and sonic media and
  3. educational cities and regional development.

Her most recent books capture the spectrum of these interests.  Books published in 2013 and 2014 include Digital Dieting:  moving from information obesity to digital fitness (2013), City Imaging:  regeneration, renewal, decay (2013), Digital Wine:  How QR Codes facilitate new markets for small wine industries (with Bryn Gandy and Mick Winter, 2014), Unique urbanity:  rethinking third tier cities, degeneration, regeneration and mobility (2014) and Enabling University:  impairment, (dis)ability and social justice in higher education (2014).  

To view some of her keynote addresses and video presentations, please click below.

Digital Dieting

http://altcmu.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/tara-brabazon-keynote-address-video.html

 

PhD Surgery

Turnitin?  Turnitoff

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Books

  • Unique Urbanity, (Berlin:  Springer, 2014) ISBN: 978-9812872685   
  • Enabling Universities, (Berlin:  Springer, 2014) ISBN: 978-3319128030
  • Digital Wine, (Berlin:  Springer, 2014) (written with Mick Winter and Bryn Gandy), ISNB: 978-9812870582
  • Digital Dieting: From Information Obesity to Digital Fitness (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)
  • City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal, Decay (Berlin: Springer, 2013)
  • Digital dialogues and community 2.0: moving beyond avatars, trolls and puppets (Oxford: Chandos, 2012)
  • Popular Music: topics, trends and trajectories (London: SAGE, 2011)
  • Thinking Popular Culture: war, terrorism and writing (Aldershot: SAGE, 2008)
  • The revolution will not be downloaded: dissent in the digital age, (Oxford: Chandos, 2008)
  • The University of Google, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)
  • Playing on the periphery: sport, identity and memory, (London: Routledge, 2006)
  • From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
  • Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music, (Perth: UWA Press, 2005)
  • Digital Hemlock: Internet education and the poisoning of teaching, (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2002)
  • Ladies Who Lunge: Celebrating Difficult Women, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002)
  • Tracking the Jack: A retracing of the Antipodes, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2000)

Refereed articles 

Book Chapters 

  • "Educating Medical Students to Evaluate the Quality of Health Information on the Web," in L. Floridi and P. Illari (eds), The Philosophy of Information Quality, (Berlin:  Springer, 2014) (written with Pietro Ghezzi and Sundeep Chumber)
  • "Brand Wellington," from T. Brabazon (ed.), City Imaging, (Springer, 2013)
  • "Conclusion: Imaging Injustice," from T. Brabazon (ed.), City Imaging, (Springer, 2013)
  • "Introduction: sliced cities," from T. Brabazon (ed.), City Imaging, (Springer, 2013)
  • "Swan Valley Sideways," from T. Brabazon (ed.), City Imaging, (Springer, 2013)
  • "When Bohemia becomes a business: City Lights, Columbus Avenue and the future of San Francisco," from T. Brabazon (ed.), City Imaging, (Springer, 2013)
  • "British colonialism," in P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (eds.), Sociology: Place, time and division: Second Edition, (Melbourne: Oxford, 2012), 179-183
  • "Conclusion: White Men Rule?" from T. Brabazon (ed.) Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: Beyond avatars, trolls and puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2011)
  • "Introduction: New Imaginings," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: Beyond avatars, trolls and puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2011)
  • "The invisible woman," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: Beyond avatars, trolls and puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2011) (with Nazlin Bhimani)
  • "The sound of a librarian," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: Beyond avatars, trolls and puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2011)
  • "YouTube Academy," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: Beyond avatars, trolls and puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2011)
  • "Christmas media," in S. Whiteley (ed), Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008)
  • "She's out of control," from B. Agger (ed.), There's a gunman on campus, (MIT Press, 2008)
  • "Passing the digital door bitch," in T. Brabazon (ed), The revolution will not be downloaded, (Oxford: Chandos, 2008)
  • "What do you do with the other one in a duo?" in T. Brabazon (ed), The revolution will not be downloaded, (Oxford: Chandos, 2008)
  • "Wiring God's Waiting Room: the Greying of Internet Literacy," in T. Brabazon (ed), The revolution will not be downloaded, (Oxford: Chandos, 2008)
  • "Won't get googled again: searching for an education," in J. Lockard and M. Pegrum (eds.), Brave New Classrooms: Educational Democracy and the Internet, (New York: Peter Lang, 2007)
  • "British colonialism," in P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (eds.), Sociology: Place, time and division, (Melbourne: Oxford, 2006)
  • "Going Off-World after the Cabaret," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music, (Perth: UWA Press, 2005)
  • "Not of London anymore," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music, (Perth: UWA Press, 2005) 
  • "You've got about a year," from T. Brabazon (ed.), Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music, (Perth: UWA Press, 2005)
  • "Britain's last line of Defence: Miss Moneypenny and the desperations of filmic feminism," in C. Lindner (ed.), The James Bond Phenomenon, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003)
  • "Neon Girls," from S. Clarke, Football in our time (The Homes of Football), (London: Mainstream Publishing, 2003)
  • "The best on Earth in Perth? Aerobics and feminism," in Bending the Rules: Gender, Sexuality and Australian Sport, edited by Dennis Hemphill and Caroline Symons, (Melbourne: Walla Walla Press, 2002)
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 2000, Vol. 9, (2002).
  • "A pig in space? Babe and the problem of landscape," in I. Craven (ed.) Australian film: Texts and Contexts, (London: Frank Cass, 2001)
  • "Beyond Calais: Michael Palin and the construction of a foreigner," in Europe – Divided or United? edited by Franz Oswald and Maureen Perkins, (Dickson: Southern Highlands Publishers, 2000)
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1999, Vol. 8, (2001).
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1997, Vol 7, (2000).
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1998 (2000).
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1996, Vol. 6, (1999).
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1994, Vol. 4, (1998).
  • 'Australian popular culture and media studies,' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for 1995, Vol. 5, (1998).
  • "Reclaiming the visual world: Beatlemania, Beatle photographs and a female gaze", in P. Hetherington and P. Maddern (eds.), Sexuality and Gender in History, (Perth: Optima Press, 1993)

Selected podcasts

To subscribe to Tara's channel please click here

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