PIP SHEA, PhD
I am a researcher and educator with a background in design, technology and community development. I investigate how technology and new organisational forms are shaping creative, civic, and activist practices. I am currently working as a Research and Teaching Associate at Monash University in Melbourne.
I received my PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014. I have worked as a researcher at Queen's University Belfast (UK), Sydney University, and the Queensland University of Technology, and have lectured in the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University (UK).
As a community cultural development practitioner, I have devised and facilitated projects for Federation Square, Arts Victoria, and the Next Wave Festival. Since 2010 I have been organising, researching, and participating in makerspaces. I have been a director of Farset Labs, a hackerspace and technology charity in Belfast, and worked 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 published widely on the topics of technology, innovation, and social change.
As a designer, I have worked across visual and online projects for various clients including the BBC, ABC and EMI Records. 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).