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CQCM research

The School of Creative and Performing Arts fosters a dynamic, innovative and collaborative research culture with a focus on applied research with a practical or professional focus. Staff and higher degrees students conduct research in both arts practice and scholarship. Staff and postgraduate students are conducting research in a wide range of creative areas that include music, theatre, performance, multimedia design, visual arts, creative and professional writing and the creative industries. As creativity lies at the core of all our programs, it is also reflected in not only the topics of our research but also the approach we take. Whether internal or studying by online, research students can complete a creative work, which they present for examination together with a written exegesis dealing with the critical and cultural contexts of the work, or a conventional thesis on an aspect of the creative and performing arts. The School also hosts an annual research symposium for staff and research students that focuses on sharing research in progress and collaboratively assisting participants towards achieving high-level publication outcomes.

Staff Research Profiles

Professor Donna Lee Brien

Assistant Dean, Research and Postgraduate

BEd Deakin, MA (By Research) UTS, PhD QUT, GCHighEd UNE

AAWP (Executive Committee), Convenor, Creative and Performing Arts Special Interest Group, LTERC, AHA, PopCAANZ

Professor Brien researches in the areas of creative nonfiction writing and publishing particularly food writing and memoir, as well as in the creative industries, creativity, the ethical dimensions of nonfiction writing and publishing, and postgraduate supervision and examination. Current work focuses on food writers and their influence. She is on the editorial committees of a number of scholarly journals, and has won a national award for her postgraduate supervision.

Professor Judith Brown

EdD CQU, MAA CQ, Dip Ed UQ, Hons B Mus U. Adelaide, LMusA, AMusA


Dr Brown's research interests include autoethnography, flow in collaborative music performance, lifelong learning in the performing arts, and the education of the professional performer with a particular interest in piano accompaniment and all forms of collaborative performance.

Associate Professor Steven Pace



Dr Pace's research includes work in the areas of digital media, human-computer interaction, experience design, game design, web design, the flow experiences of computer users, autoethnography and grounded theory.

Dr Ashley Holmes


Dr Holmes' research includes fi ne art practice especially lens-based and interactive media, interactivity in public art, interactivity in social media, interaction design, virtual collaboration, team-based work integrated learning, and creativity in science and art. He trains and examines emerging researchers in these and related fields and is an active editorial reviewer.

Dr David Cashman

David Cashman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education in the Arts with a specialisation in Popular Music at CQUniversity. As a researcher, he is interested in live music and space. More specifically, his work examines sonic tourism, though his recent work has addressed regional music scenes.