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Audrey is Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is currently Chief Investigator in three Australian Research Council-funded projects on Multiculturalism and Governance: Evaluating Arts Policies and Engaging Cultural Citizenship (LP110100039); The Status of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young People (LP150100291), and; Transforming Cultural Identity: East Asian Media Flows in Australia (DP160100304).
She was educated at Murdoch University and La Trobe University. Before joining the Cultural Studies Program at the University in 1998, she was Senior Research Consultant at the ARC-funded Australian Key Centre for Media and Cultural Policy.
A practitioner of engaged scholarship in action, she has collaborated in partnerships with government and non-government organisations across the arts and youth sectors, such as with the Australia Council; Creative Victoria; City of Whittlesea; Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship; Department of Education and Training, and; the Center for Multicultural Youth, where she has co-developed new industry frameworks on cultural diversity action plans, impact studies and cultural evaluation. She has served as a Ministerial Appointment to the State Government of Victoria’s Multicultural Arts Policy Committee (2009-2012).
She researches in the fields of Sinophone media cultures; cultural policy and development, and; sexuality studies. She has published 6 scholarly books and more than 80 refereed journal articles and research book chapters including Sinophone Cinemas (2014); Transnational Australian Cinema (2013); Queer Singapore (2012) and Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile (2010). She has received AUD$3m in national competitive grants and three university teaching awards for innovation in curriculum (2004), e-learning (2007) and PhD supervision (2012).
She is Governing Board Member of the International Association of Visual Culture, and Editorial Board Member of Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Sexualities Journal of Culture and Society, Cultural Studies Review and Metro Screen Education. She was also Executive Board member of the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute (2011-2013).