Dr Courtney Pedersen

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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Victorian College of the Arts)

Courtney Pedersen is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at QUT. She was previously the Academic Program Director for the School of Creative Practice and the Head of Discipline for Visual Arts. She has supervised postgraduate research, coordinated Honours research and taught undergraduate units in the Visual Arts at QUT since 2006.  Her research interests include gender, creative practice-led research, and visual arts pedagogy. She completed her PhD, an exploration of feminism, genealogy and social history through public installation art, in 2005. Prior to that, she was a practising artist for over 10 years, having studied photography at the Victorian College of the Arts in the early 1990s. She has been a member of the reviews editorial team for the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, was a co-director of the feminist artist collective LEVEL, and a board member Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space in Brisbane. She continues to serve on the board of Eyeline Publishing. Courtney is currently affiliated with the Creative Industries Faculty Research Group for More-Than-Human Futures.


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Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award
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Member of the editorial panel for reviews, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art.
  • Art As Change: A Study Of Childhood Social Justice-based Arts Pedagogy Inspired by Socially Engaged Art in New York City
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Lyndal O'Gorman
  • Anna Piaggi, the embodiment of fashion performance and identity
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Tiziana Ferrero-Regis
  • Empathic gestures: exploring affect and gesture as emergent phenomena within the presence of potential
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kiley Gaffney, Dr Clare Dyson, Professor Robert Schweitzer
  • Living Kantha: A Creative Interpretation of Bengali Women's Traditional Practices
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Leah King-Smith
  • Artists as Living A(na)rchivists: An Examination of Living Archives as Participatory Media for the Artist- Run Sector
    Professional Doctorate, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rachael Haynes
  • The Influence of Digital Geographies on Public Art: The Evolution of Online Creative Practice
    MPhil, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Sophie McIntyre