Students are taught by academics and professionals affiliated with many leading institutions in the city. These instructors also draw on their networks to give students access to other prominent leaders in their fields who share insights about working on significant case studies in the region. Learn more about each of our instructors below.
Dr. Meera Atkinson (Ph.D., Western Sydney University) is an Australian writer of creative nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and scholarly essays and her work has appeared in many publications, including Salon.com, Best Australian Poems 2010, Best Australian Stories 2007, Meanjin, and Griffith Review.
She is the author of Traumata, published by UQP in 2018, a monograph, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017, and co-editor of Traumatic Affect (2013), an international volume of essays. Meera was a recipient of the 2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residency and the 2017 Varuna Dr Dark Flagship Fellowship for non-fiction.
Dr. Megan Carrigy (Ph.D., University of NSW) is Associate Director for Academic Programs at NYU Sydney. Before joining NYU, she was the Education Projects Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She is the author of The Reenactment in Contemporary Screen Culture (Bloomsbury 2021).
Her research interests include national, transnational and First Nations cinema, film theory, virtual reality, remakes, genre and spectatorship. She is also a former programmer for the Mardi Gras Film Festival where she built partnerships with local and international distributors, filmmakers, festivals and community organisations.
Dr. Robyn Dalziell's (Ph.D., University of Sydney) career started out in creative arts, as a design student at NIDA. This was followed by a complete change of direction in health sciences, which led to graduation as a Registered Nurse. Utilising this training and education she undertook trial and clinical education roles, which led to higher level roles supporting and managing molecular science, genetic and epidemiology research programs and projects.
She then extended her qualifications to Masters level (Science in Medicine), and then a Ph.D. (Medicine, Genetic Epidemiology of Skin Cancer). Her most recent roles have been in senior academic roles in medical, health, public health/ epidemiology, health services and clinical education.
Dr. Jane Elkington (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) has worked for many years in public health research, planning and policy development. Her research interests include injury prevention and the impact of the environment on health. Jane is a board member of Youthsafe and an Associate Director at Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd, consulting in the areas of health and health services.
Jane’s previous work roles include research into heavy vehicle crashes, teaching at Macquarie University and managing her own consulting business with projects including risk assessments in abattoirs, aged-care facilities and mortuaries. Jane received a national Kidsafe award for her work on the prevention of scalds to children while with the NSW Health Department.
Dr. Dashiell Moore (Ph.D., University of Sydney) is an early career researcher at the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the Dame Leonie Kramer Prize in Australian Poetry for the best dissertation on Australian poetry at the University of Sydney in 2021.
His research interests lie in Indigenous studies, postcolonial literature, and comparative literary studies, having published scholarly journal articles in some of the leading journals of these fields, including Textual Practice, Journal of West Indian Literature, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment, and Overland. His current research focuses on the relationship between rootedness and rootlessness in Aboriginal Australian and Caribbean literature, which is the subject of a future monograph, entitled, Rooted or Rootless?
Dr. David Varga (Ph.D., University of Technology Sydney) is a screen director, cinematographer, and sound designer who has worked in more than 20 international locations from Mongolia to Uruguay. His work includes short documentaries published by the Guardian and other international mastheads, as well as feature-length and short films screened at festivals in Australia and overseas.
He is a former producer for television (SBS and Foxtel) and has held senior media strategy roles for international events including the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Vivid Sydney. As an academic David has taught at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and University of Technology (UTS) in a wide range of media, film, and cultural theory subjects.
Petronella Vaarzon-Morel (M.A., Indiana University) is a sociocultural anthropologist whose interests include Indigenous relations to the land, personhood, visual culture and human-animal relations. Over many years she has conducted research with Indigenous groups in Australia for Aboriginal land claims and a wide range of other matters including the 'stolen generations' and Aboriginal history.
In collaboration with Warlpiri she co-authored the book Warlpiri Women’s Voices. She is co-editor (with L. Barwick & J. Green) of the book Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, 2019. Her pedagogic background includes a period teaching introductory
anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney.
Dr. Andy West (DBA Newcastle University) is currently a Lecturer at University of Technology Sydney in Business Statistics, Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics. His research and consultancy interests are marketing strategy, marketing analytics and consumer behaviour.
His current research projects are Workplace Integrated Learning in higher education and Sports Marketing. Industries Andy has consulted include media (Nielsen), finance (Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Zurich Insurance, American Express), consumer goods (Reckitt Benckiser), Sports Marketing (Athletics Australia and Athletics NSW) and not-for-profit organisations including Amnesty International and Special Olympics.