Professor Tara Brabazon

Dean of Graduate Research

1993 …2021

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Research Biography

Tara Brabazon is Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She has worked in nine universities in four countries, holding research professorships in media, creative media, communication and education. She is the author of 19 books and over 200 refereed articles and book chapters, and is a columnist for the Times Higher Education. Her best known books include the Digital Hemlock trilogy (Digital Hemlock: internet education and the poisoning of teaching, The University of Google and Digital Dieting), Enabling University: (dis)ability, impairment and higher education, Thinking Popular Culture: war, writing and terrorism, Unique Urbanity: renewal, regeneration and decay, and From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies.

Tara has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with other awards for disability education, cultural studies and doctoral supervision. In recognition of community engagement, Tara was a finalist for Australian of the Year and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. An awarded speaker, she had delivered hundreds of speeches around the world to business leaders, professional organizations and community groups.

Her research interests include city imaging, creative industries, cultural studies, physical cultural studies, digitization and higher education studies. She is committed to ensuring that Flinders is an enabling university, aligning excellence with social justice in the higher degree programme.

Tara is an expert in - and active user of - social media. Please refer to her podcasts
YouTube Channel (,
Twitter feed (@tarabrabazon), profile(,
LinkedIn profile ( and Pinterest boards (

Research Interests

Tara's research interests cluster around cities and regional development, movement cultures, digitization and information literacy, and popular cultural studies. Tara has published and supervised in all these areas, publishing 19 monographs and over 200 refereed articles and book chapters in these fields.

RHD research supervision

Tara is an international expert in doctoral education and has conducted PhD surgeries for the Times Higher Education. Tara has supervised over 150 Doctoral and Masters theses to completion. She supervises an array of higher degree doctoral genres, including the creative-led doctorate, composed of an artefact and exegesis.  She is also a specialist in the PhD by Prior Publication.  

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma, Southern Cross University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2016

Master, University of New England

Award Date: 21 Dec 2006

Diploma, Curtin University

Award Date: 21 Dec 2001

Bachelor, Central Queensland University

Award Date: 26 Jun 1998

Master, Central Queensland University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

PhD, Murdoch University

1993 → …

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

Master of Arts, University of Western Australia

1991 → …

Award Date: 24 Dec 1992

Bachelor, Murdoch University

Award Date: 20 Nov 1992

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 6 Dec 1991

Master, Deakin University

2020 → …


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