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Professor Helen Klaebe

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
Research and Business Development

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Name
Professor Helen Klaebe
Position(s)
Assistant Dean (Research and International Engagement)
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
Research and Business Development
Discipline *
Film, Television and Digital Media, Sociology, Communication and Media Studies
Phone
+61 7 3138 9664
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MA(Res) (Queensland University of Technology), MEd(HigherEd) (Queensland University of Technology), BA(CreativeWrtgProd) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Council Member of the International Oral History Association (IOHA)
  • National Committee Member of the Oral History Association of Australia (OHAA)
  • Accredited Professional Historian with the Australian Council of Professional Historians Association Inc
Keywords

Community Engagement, Creative Writing, transmedia storytelling, Lifewriting, Digital Storytelling, Memoir, Oral History, Public History, New Media, Urban Renewal

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background   Helen Klaebe is Assistant Dean, Research, Commercialisation and External Relations in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. From 2008-2011 Helen was the Head of Postgraduate Studies (Coursework) in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. Her PhD examined new approaches to participatory public history using multi-art form storytelling strategies, including oral history and digital storytelling. Her Master of Arts (research) project included producing an oral history collection for Outward Bound Australia (OBA) — recording its challenges and achievements over the past 50 years. Helen is also a Chief Investigator on one current Research Council Linkage project Digital Storytelling and co creative media: the role of community arts and media in propagating and coordinating population- wide creative practice (LP110100127). This work develops on from her work examining new approaches to participatory public history using multi art form storytelling strategies to engage the community with their local history, and her previous ARC Linkage Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future: Embedding Narrative and New Media in Urban Planning (LP0882274) 2008-2010. Her public history work pioneered new development methods towards the application of using digital storytelling in community history projects, as part of a socially sustainable approach to urban development. Her other contributions to research are in the areas of creative writing, copyright and ethical considerations regarding public participation and multiple stakeholders and blending traditional and social history together, building on her reputation for implementing creative ways of writing popular historical non-fiction for organizations and collaborative partnerships between tertiary institutions and industry. Klaebe regularly consults as a public historian particularly focusing on engaging communities, and regularly designs and manages co-creative media workshops for a range of commercial and public sector organisations. Klaebe’s particular strengths lie in:

  • organising, working, training and talking with communities and industry
  • identifying synergies
  • initiating and managing partnerships.

She has used these skills for an array of project management and community undertakings during the last twenty years, most recently as the social historian/curator of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village Sharing Stories and the Mill Albionhistory projects. She is the author of:

  • Onward Bound: the first 50 years of Outward Bound Australia (2005)
  • Sharing Stories: a social history of Kelvin Grove (2006).

Academic achievements

  • 2011    Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship
  • 2011    Dean’s Award (Academic Management)
  • 2010    Vice Chancellors Performance Award (research)
  • 2010    Dean’s Award (leadership)
  • 2007    Dean’s Award (commercial research)
This information has been contributed by Professor Helen Klaebe.

Experience

Community and industry research partnerships

These have included:

  • Australia Council
  • Arts Queensland
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Brisbane Writer’s Centre
  • Cardwell and District Historical Society
  • FKP Pty Ltd
  • Flying Arts
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Kelvin Grove Urban Village
  • Oral History Association of Australia (Qld)
  • Queensland Museum
  • State Library of Queensland
  • St. Peter Claver College
  • SeniorNet (Ipswich)
  • Sunshine Coast City Council
  • Thuringowa Public Library
This information has been contributed by Professor Helen Klaebe.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future: Embedding Narrative and New Media in Urban Planning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882274
Start year
2008
Keywords
Community Engagement, Community Informatics, New Media, Urban Planning

Supervision