Personal details

Professor Helen Klaebe
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Communication and Media Studies, Film, Television and Digital Media
+61 7 3138 9664
+61 7 3138 1304
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Identifiers and profiles

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
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Advance HEA, UK
  • Member of the International Oral History Association (IOHA)
  • Member of the Oral History Association of Australia (OHA)
  • Accredited Professional Historian with the Australian Council of Professional Historians Association Inc

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


Background Professor Helen Klaebe is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research & Engagement) in the Division of Research and Innovation.  She leads research development and training engagement activities; contributes to the development of QUT’s research-intensive culture; develops and manages an international standard training culture; and manages and provides advice on supporting higher research degree research. Previously Klaebe was the Dean of Research and Research Training in the Division of Research and Commercialisation (2016-18) and Assistant Dean of Research & International Engagement in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty from 2012-2015. From 2008-2011 she was the Head of Post Graduate Coursework in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty, and also undertook a Qld Smithsonian Fellowship in Washington D.C. Klaebe is a Professor of Creative Industries, with her contributions to research in the areas of: creative writing; transmedia storytelling; oral history; public history, the participation and multiple stakeholders and blending traditional and social history together; historical place-based experiences/exhibitions; and in the evaluation of the economic, cultural and audience impact of public art programs. Her decade+ research reputation has been built on implementing creative ways of writing and presenting popular historical non-fiction for communities, institutions and organisations. Klaebe regularly consults as a public historian particularly focusing on engaging communities in storytelling, and regularly designs and manages co-creative media workshops for a range of commercial and public sector organisations. Clients have included: Department of Housing, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum, FKP Property Group, Gold Coast City Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Museum of Brisbane, and Brisbane City Council. Klaebe is a Chief Investigator on ARC The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model (LP180100477), and was a Chief Investigator on two previous ARC Linkage projects: Digital Storytelling and co creative media: the role of community arts and media in propagating and coordinating population- wide creative practice (LP110100127) and Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future: Embedding Narrative and New Media in Urban Planning (LP0882274). She is also 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

  • 2014   Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Finalist (Leadership)
  • 2011    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Finalist (Teaching)
  • 2011    Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship
  • 2011    Dean’s Award (Academic Management)
  • 2010    Vice Chancellors Performance Award (Research)
  • 2010    Dean’s Award (Leadership)
  • 2009   Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (Teaching & Learning)
  • 2009   Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Finalist (Partnerships and  Engagement)
  • 2007    Dean’s Award (Commercial Research)
This information has been contributed by Professor Helen Klaebe.


Community and industry research partnerships have included:

  • Australia Council
  • Arts Queensland
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Brisbane Writer’s Centre
  • Burnie City Council
  • Cardwell and District Historical Society
  • Department of Communication and the Arts
  • FKP Pty Ltd
  • Flying Arts
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Kelvin Grove Urban Village
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Oral History Association of Australia (Qld)
  • Queensland Museum
  • Performing Arts Connections Australia
  • Red Ridge Interior Queensland
  • Regional Arts Australia
  • Regional Australia Institute
  • Remote Area Planning & Development Board
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • South Bank Corporation
  • Queensland State Archives
  • State Library of Queensland
  • SeniorNet (Ipswich)
  • Sunshine Coast City Council
  • Thuringowa Public Library
This information has been contributed by Professor Helen Klaebe.


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


Awards and recognition

Reference year
Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship 2011/12 for the project 'New Evaluation Methodologies for Public Programs in Cultural Institutions' at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington DC.
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
Queensland Rhodes Scholarship selection committee member 2013-2016
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
elected Vice President International Oral History Association 2010-2014

Research projects

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

The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Digital Storytelling and Co-Creative Media: The Role of Community Arts and Media in Propagating and Coordinating Population-wide Creative Practice
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Co-Creative Media;Community Cultural Development;Digital Storytelling;Digital Media;Community Arts;Community Broadcasting
Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future: Embedding Narrative and New Media in Urban Planning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Community Engagement;Community Informatics;New Media;Urban Planning