See also: Previous Board Members
Professor Joseph M. Siracusa: President
Joseph is Professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Born and raised in Chicago, he studied at the University of Denver and the University of Vienna and received his PhD from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is internationally known for his writings on the history of nuclear weapons, diplomacy, and global security. He is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio and Television. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston and New York, the University of Queensland (Brisbane), and for three years served as a visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University (Brisbane) where he specialized in issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and counter-terrorism.
Dr Helen Sykes AM: Vice President
Helen is the Director of Future Leaders, President of the Trust for Young Australians, Chair of The Australian Collaboration, Associate of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Member of the Future Justice Executive and Summit Governor of the Hillary Institute. She has published and edited many books.
Sarah Blatchford: Secretary
Sarah is the Regional Director of Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia. She graduated from the University of Exeter with Combined Honours in French and German in 1989 and began her career as Nuclear Business Analyst with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) under its prestigious graduate management training program. She entered into academic publishing when she joined Blackwell Scientific Publications in Oxford in 1993 to undertake marketing of the company’s scientific, technical and medical textbook program. Although her studies encompassed literature and linguistics, Sarah’s career, with the AEA, Blackwell and now with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, has required high levels of adaptability to work with scientists, academics and learned societies across the subject spectrum. When she joined Taylor & Francis in Melbourne 2003, the company published 25 journals edited from Australasia; this has now built to a publishing program of 90 ANZ journals, each providing an important forum for the publication of research in its respective field. Most of the company’s journals are in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and Sarah has worked tirelessly to build the Australasian program, providing through Routledge’s excellent publishing services, local support on local time for its ANZ-based journal editors whilst enabling them to enjoy all the benefits of working with an international publishing company. She is Convenor of the Scholarly & Journals Committee (SJC) of the APA, holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Publishers Association, and brings extensive experience of the business & industry and academic & research sectors through her career spanning twenty-five years.
Alec Coles OBE
Alec has been CEO of the Western Australian Museum since 2010: the State’s museum with branches in Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany. He was previously Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in North East England for eight years. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, a wildlife conservation charity in North East England. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia, an Executive Member of the Council for Australasian Museum Directors, a Board member of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Advanced Studies, and Chair of International Council of Museums (ICOM) Australia. He is committed to developing and demonstrating the public value of museums. He is currently driving Western Australia’s initiative of a new State Museum and aspires to create a museum that is owned and valued by all West Australians and admired by the world. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Museums. In March 2017, he was awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Western Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Arts.
Professor Barbara de la Harpe
Barbara is Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. For eighteen years she has been involved in teaching and academic professional development in higher education. Her background is in science education and educational psychology, and her fields of expertise include learning; generic skill development; university change management; and teacher professional development. Her PhD study was on student learning and she is widely published in learning and teaching.
Professor Terry Flew
Terry is Professor of Media and Communications and Assistant Dean (Research) in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. He is a Chief Investigator with the Digital Media Research Centre, and is the author of 11 books (three edited), 54 book chapters, 85 refereed academic journal articles, 15 reports and research monographs, and has been an editor of 13 special issues/themed sections of academic journals and refereed conference proceedings. His work has been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Polish and Turkish. He has been involved with projects that have received $4.2 million in Australian Research Council and other research funding. He was a member of the ARC College of Experts for the Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel from 2013-15, and in 2012 was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts in the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation round. He is the President-Elect of the International Communications Association (ICA), where he has been an Executive Board member since 2013, serving as a member-at-large representing Oceania and Africa from 2012-14, and Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division from 2015-17. He is an Executive Board member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), having been ANZCA President in 2009-2010, and has been ANZCA Vice-President and Treasurer, as well as organiser of the 2009 ANZCA Conference in Brisbane.
Dr Eliza Goddard
Eliza is a Research Fellow within the Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement theme of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of New South Wales. Eliza is an applied philosopher and her research focuses on the social and ethical implications of emerging health care technologies. As the Executive Officer of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), she has contributed to research on women’s underrepresentation in philosophy in Australia and was a Chief Investigator on the ‘Forward Thinking: Learning and Teaching Philosophy in Australia’ project, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Associate Professor Jo Lindsay
Jo is a sociologist in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. As past President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), she has a long-term connection with the association. At Monash, Jo leads the Research Impact Portfolio in the School of Social Sciences and is on the executive of Monash Infrastructure Institute. Her research focuses on the sociology of families, consumption and the environment. Her books include Consuming Families: Buying, making, producing family life in the 21st century (2013) with JaneMaree Maher and Families, Relationships and Intimate life (2014) with Deborah Dempsey.
Professor Julian Meyrick
Julian is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University. He is a theatre historian and cultural policy analyst, as well as an award-winning theatre director. Previously he was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company, where he was responsible for establishing Hard Lines, a new play development programme. He has published widely on the Australian theatre, culture, and cultural policy. He is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Projects: AusStage Phase 5 (LE140100024) and Laboratory Adelaide: Accounting for Culture’s Value in the Arts, Cultural Organisations and Events (LP140100802). Julian is Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and a member of the Currency House editorial board. The Retreat of Our National Drama, his second Currency House Platform Paper, was published in 2014.
Professor Heather Zwicker
Heather is Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. She moved to UQ in October 2018 from the University of Alberta, where she held positions as Vice-Dean of Arts (2011-14) and Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (2015-2018). Under her direction, the University of Alberta became the first in Canada with a Professional Development requirement for Master’s and PhD students. She also co-founded BRiC, the Banff Research in Culture residency, in which advanced graduate students, postdocs, and junior professors in the humanities work alongside visual artists and curators at the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In 2017, she spearheaded the designation of “Research at the Intersections of Gender” as one of three pan-university Signature Areas for the University of Alberta. A cultural studies researcher, Heather brings postcolonial and feminist theories to bear on problems such as stereotypes, universities, classrooms, and cities. Key areas of exploration have included nation (especially Northern Ireland), stereotype (in particular, pre-9/11 stereotypes of Irish terrorists), the local (with an emphasis on Edmonton writing), public intellectualism (pursued through graduate seminars designed for non-academic tracks, and through writing for larger audiences), gender, and digital humanities. She holds a PhD from Stanford University (1993) and is the winner of several awards, including a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.