Our People

Professor Julian Meyrick

Professor Julian Meyrick is Professor of Creative Industries at Griffith University, at the Gold Coast campus. He is also Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and author of histories of the Nimrod Theatre and the MTC, a Currency House Platform Paper, and numerous articles on Australian theatre, cultural policy and contemporary dramaturgy. View profile

Dr Tully Barnett

Dr Tully Barnett is Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at Flinders University. She is a Chief Investigator for the Lab Adelaide project. She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award for a project on “Digitisation and the immersive literary experience” looking at literary and object engagements with new technologies including mass digitisation projects, digital reading experiences and new media literatures. View profile

Professor Robert Phiddian

Professor Robert Phiddian is Professor in English Literature at Flinders University and is a scholar of satire. Robert was the Founding Director of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (2011-2018) and is now a board member of the organisation.  He teaches in literary studies and his research areas are Jonathan Swift, political cartoons and the public humanities. View profile

Heather Robinson

Heather Robinson is a PhD candidate at Flinders University working with the Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture project.  She comes to the PhD candidature after a career in the arts, culture and collecting sectors. She has served as Executive Producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.  Her research considers the cultural value that accrues around libraries, using the State Library of South Australia as a case study. View profile

Elise Silson

Elise Silson is a Research Associate with the Laboratory Adelaide project, and a PhD candidate in English Literature and Histories of Systems of Thought at Flinders University. She has been designing and undertaking research projects on identity and values formation, well-being and community dynamics since 2005, while also working as a freelance writer and editor.

Alex Cothren

Alex Cothren is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University. A previous winner of both the Carmel Bird and Peter Carey Awards for short fiction, he has writing published in Meanjin, Island, Overland Online, The Conversation and Australian Book Review, and he co-edited Westerly’s South Australia Special Issue in 2018.

Elizabeth Weeks

Elizabeth Weeks is a Research Assistant with the Laboratory Adelaide project. She completed her Honours degree in philosophy, looking at how literature illuminates and expands the meaning of moral conceptions. Elizabeth is currently researching the power of handmade things and the role of Instagram in supporting small makers.