PIP SHEA, PhD
I am a digital designer and researcher who feels most at home in the public, community, and tertiary sectors. I am currently working at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the Digital Engagement and Strategy team. I was awarded my PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014.
I have worked as a designer for clients including the BBC, ABC, and the Victorian Government. I have worked as a researcher at Monash University, Queen's University Belfast (UK), the University of Sydney, and the Queensland University of Technology. I have also lectured at Monash University, RMIT, and in the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University (UK). I have published widely on the topics of technology, design, and social change.
As a community cultural development practitioner, I have devised and facilitated projects for Federation Square, Creative Victoria, and the Next Wave Festival. Since 2010 I have been organising, researching, and participating in makerspaces — notably as 1) a director of Farset Labs, a hackerspace and technology charity in Belfast, and 2) as a researcher and writer on a European Union Special Project investigating creative practices in and around Fab Labs in Spain, Ireland, and the UK.
I have also participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), This is Not Art festival (Australia); have been a participating artist at the 2009 International Symposium of Electronic Art (Northern Ireland), the Light In Winter Festival (Australia), the Melbourne Festival (Australia), 2009 Creative Sydney Festival (Australia); and, was a speaker at the 2008 Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures (Australia).
Email: sheapip at gmail dot com