Dr Natalia Grincheva, Research Coordinator

Natalia Grincheva

Dr Grincheva is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Unit of Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne. She pursues her career in the field of digital humanities focusing on development of new computational methods to study contemporary museums as important players in creative economy. She is currently working on two books, contracted by Routledge in 2017. The first book, Branding the Global Guggenheim: Cultural Diplomacy in the Neoliberal Age, will explore franchising museum practices as new avenues for contemporary institutional diplomacy and global museum PR. The second monograph, Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age, will contribute to the ‘Museum Meanings’ Routledge series.

Elle Liu, Research Intern

Elle Liu

Elle Liu holds a Bachelor degree in Film Studies with a major in Scriptwriting from the Communication University of China, Beijing. She is currently studying in the Masters of Global Media Communication at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. Her research interests include screen cultures, digital communications, media convergence, journalism practice and cinema studies. Recently, her research has focused on using close textual readings to analyze gender and sexual identities in contemporary queer representations. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Elle Liu was a freelance screenwriter with a primary focus on adolescence, fan subcultures, and cultural translation. She has worked in various media corporations including China Central Television and had artistic practice in the area of Film and Television Production as script coordinator, journalist, and editor.

James Cameron, Research Intern

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James Cameron, Research Intern

James is a Master of Arts and Cultural Management student at the University of Melbourne. In addition to his studies, he is currently a producer for the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, the Producer for the University of Melbourne Law Revue and volunteer staff with the MIFF Industry 37 South Market.
He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Melbourne, with a double major in politics and international studies, and history. He has written academically and creatively; writing a number of short plays and films, as well as directing for stage and screen. He has past experience with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Vision Australia Radio, MIFF and Odeon Cinemas.


Kehui Lin, Research Intern


Born in Guangdong, China, Kehui currently is a graduate of the MA Arts and Cultural Management Program at the University of Melbourne. She has been working and volunteering in different arts organizations across visual art and theatre, which is essential to building up her skills and knowledge in audience development as well as program management. Lin is passionate about exploring the political and economic issues affecting the local art sector and wish to be an art researcher in the future. 

Research Task:

Storytelling --International Tours

Kehui is focusing on tracing stories beyond the quantitative data of ACMI international blockbusters. 


Kun Liu, Research Intern

Kun Liu

Kun Liu is a graduate student of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. As an art student, she has been studying painting for more than ten years. She studied new media and contemporary art at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 2015. Following this, she has worked for China Media Lab as a graphic designer, her job is responsible for media operation and graphic design. She has participated in various projects, including the premiere of a film named Crosscurrent and the promotion activities of film named Shadow Agency.

Maggie Thawley, Research Intern

Maggie Thawley

Maggie Thawley is currently  completing a Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. In her Bachelor of Arts she majored in Creative Writing while also completing her Diploma in Music for classical voice. She also minored in Ancient World Studies where she pursued her interest in stories of ancient cultures. Maggie has experience writing across a broad range of genres and styles such as biography and poetry, and is keen to expand her writing skills. She has been studying writing and editing for five years and is interested in a career in the publishing industry and is especially concerned with transmedia and how digital factors have affected the book marketing landscape.

Phoebe Di Wang, Research Intern

Phoebe Di Wang

Phoebe Di Wang is currently a graduate student in the major of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. The main areas of her academic and professional training are museum studies. She has internship and volunteer experiences in the creative industry both in Melbourne and China, by engaging with different art institutions and organizations such as the Grainger Museum, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Snuff Puppets theatre company, and Nancy’s Gallery. With a profound interest in the research field about the cultural diversity and cross-cultural communications, she was one of the initiators of the publication project: International: Melbourne about international students’ lives in Melbourne. She is pursuing a professional future concerning audience engagement, exhibition management, and museum administration.

Yang (Larissa) Feng, Research Intern

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Larissa is a graduate student at the University of Melbourne majoring in Arts and Cultural Management. Her previous art practice has accumulated her passion for the arts, while her past teaching experience has helped developed her management and people skills. During her graduate study, she has been actively involved in the industry through volunteering in all sorts of arts venues and events including Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Fringe, Mapping Melbourne, Midsumma Festival, and Next Wave.

Eliza Coyle, Research Assistant

Eliza Jane Coyle

Eliza Jane Coyle holds a Bachelor degree with Honours in Art History and Theory and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.

Eliza works in public programming at Yarra Libraries and is passionate about arts and communities. She strives to develop innovative formats that have a strong participation aspect and challenge how we see each other and the world around us.


Jean Hair, Research Intern

Graduate Student, Master of Arts and Cultural Management

Jean Hair is a graduate student majoring in arts and cultural management at the University of Melbourne under the National Arts Council (Singapore) postgraduate scholarship. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Jean was a arts programmer with the National Gallery Singapore, Asian Film Archive, and the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay since 2006. Her research interests include audience development, urban placemaking, social enterprises, and measuring social impact in the arts.