Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Verena Thomas
Position(s)
Principal Research Fellow
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Design
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 7096
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Tech., Sydney)

Keywords

Communication and Social Change, Communication for Development, Arts-based Research, Visual Methodologies

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

Biography

Verena Thomas is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney. Her research interests include communication and social change, communication for development, health communication, arts-based research approaches, visual methodologies and participatory design.

Verena has developed innovative and creative approaches to localising research in cross-cultural contexts. She is the founding Director of the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea, which she led from 2012-2016. Verena has led over 20 projects funded by donor agencies, government and non-government partners. She has extensive experience in research and media capacity building in the Pacific region.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Verena Thomas.

Publications


Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Community-in-the-loop: exploring community experience of artificial intelligence for social good and the implications for ethical development and accountability in developing contexts
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch
  • UNDERSTANDING TRANSFORMED PERPETRATORS OF SORCERY VIOLENCE AND THEIR ROLES IN DEVELOPING PREVENTION STRATEGIES IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Christina Spurgeon, Associate Professor Jackie Kauli
  • Implementing gender education in early childhood learning in Papua New Guinea: Documenting perspectives from teachers
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jackie Kauli, Dr Oksana Zelenko
  • Capturing and Sharing Experiences of Settlement Communities in Papua New Guinea - Understanding Migration, Safety and Processes of Mediation
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Professor Elinor Buys, Associate Professor Jackie Kauli
  • Peace Journalism and Conflict Reporting Practices in Myanmar
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Angela Romano
  • THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY BASED ARTS IN SUPPORTING SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV) IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG)
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jackie Kauli
  • Using Creative Visual Methods to Facilitate Community Cultural Engagement in Water Management in the Solomon Islands
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Christina Spurgeon
  • Sustaining heritage through creative conversation, community engagement, innovative design and enterprise
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jeremy Neideck

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)

  • BUAI: The musical identity and knowledge system of the Gunantuna people of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (2018)
  • Communicating Climate Change Adaptation from Indigenous Knowledge (2016)