Dr Sarah Casey
Dr Sarah Casey leads the project. She leads the Communication program area at USC. She completed a PhD in Media and Communication at Griffith University in 2015. She is the coauthor of Media and Society (6th Edition), and her sole-authored book (due to be published in 2020) is called #Heroines. Sarah was inspired to start working on projects around drought as she comes from a Queensland farming family, and admires the strength and resilience of the people she has known all her life, but she has seen many people in the bush almost reach breaking point due to increasing challenges to life on the land. As such Sarah is passionate about off-farm income sources, and helping people to stay in the regional, remote, and rural communities that they love.
Sarah also leads the Real Stories of Country Women projects, and is passionate about using various forms of media to share stories about life in the bush. Prior to working in academia, Sarah worked in Tokyo, then spent a decade working for large financial organisations, as well as in communication, in Australia and the UK.
Phone: +61 7 5456 3544
Personal website: tba
Dr Gail Crimmins
Dr Gail Crimmins is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In addition to coordinating a suite of Programs in Creative Industries, Gail is committed to supporting people and communities in regional and rural Australia who are impacted by severe weather events. She was recently a part of the research team in the Real Stories of Country Women project, a project designed to learn and share the coping strategies of women living in drought impacted areas of the Surat, Roma and Charleville regions of South West Queensland. The project supported the development of a series of mini-documentaries which give voice to women in rural Australia.
Gail is currently developing, with Dr Sarah Casey, the second stage of that project in which they will record and publish a podcast series focusing on the resilience and strength of women in the Australian outback.
Phone: +61 7 5456 5954
Dr Karen Sutherland
Dr Karen Sutherland is a social media and public relations educator, researcher and consultant with more than 20 years industry experience in marketing, public relations and communication roles for organisations such as ABCTV, Fremantle Media, and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. As the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Social Media), Dr Sutherland is dedicated to demystifying the technology for local business, community, and non-profits.
Dr Sutherland’s work has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and she is currently writing a book about social media management, due for release in 2020.
Dr Sutherland has also presented her research at conferences and industry events in Australia, New Zealand and Portugal, led Social Media Study Tours to Vietnam and Hong Kong and regularly delivers social media workshops and coaching sessions to clients from a range of industries
Phone: +61 7 5456 5277
Associate Professor Sandy O’Sullivan
Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan is a Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) academic, researcher and creative practitioner. Their research and teaching include queer studies, art and design, built environment, music, performance, and cultural representation, with a particular focus on First Nations’ agency and aspiration.
Sandy was the inaugural director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research and across that role completed an ARC funded review of 470 national and international museums that examined their capacity to engage and represent First Nations’ Peoples; continues to work across the museums, curatorial and interpretation space.
An enduring Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, Sandy is the recipient of multiple national competitive ARC and OLT grants and awards and has given keynotes nationally and internationally. Sandy’s research focus is on empowering and engaging national and international First Nations’ Community/ies, scholars, industry, and practitioners in agentic and aspirational approaches to nation(s)-building through the creative industries.
Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro (Research assistant)
Laura Rodriguez Castro, PhD, is a resident adjunct research fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University. Her research focuses on the intersections of decoloniality, feminisms and rurality. She is also interested in visual, participatory and arts/research methodologies. Her doctoral research involved a participatory visual project with rural women in Colombia.
In 2019 she was awarded the Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Advancing Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ground: Women’s Oral Testimonies and Historical Memory in Colombia’.
Recent publications include a journal article entitled ‘The Embodied Countryside: Methodological Reflections in Place’ in Sociologia Ruralis, and a book chapter with Springer entitled 'Feeling-Thinking for a Feminist Participatory Visual Ethnography'. She is also co-author of a chapter about rural women’s geographies in the Routledge Handbook of Feminist Geographies (forthcoming 2020).
Dr Penny Holliday
Dr Penny Holliday is a researcher in Australian literature and cultural studies. As a cultural geographer, her interests include fictional representations of place in Australian literature.
Penny is the co-founder of public reading groups within the QUT Art Museum and The USC Art Gallery and is a curator of literary events within the gallery space. Her current role is teaching professional communication in the School of Business and Creative Industries at The University of Sunshine Coast.
We are also in consultation with
Katrin Terton – web and graphic design