Personal profile


I work mainly in the field of applied aesthetics. I am particularly interested in the connections between aesthetic concepts and theories of meaning. My current research program is a conceptual investigation of images and image theory. I am also in the early stages of a project looking at signalling protocols in nature, which uses an aesthetic approach for the study of animal patterns and colours. A number of representative recent publications can be found on my academia site:

I have supervised graduate projects in political philosophy and aesthetics, as well as in the critical theory tradition. A number of my former graduate students hold ongoing academic positions in Australia and abroad. One of my former Masters students has won the Vice-Chancellor's award for Masters Thesis Excellence (2008); and three of my former PhD students have won the Mollie Holman University medal for excellence in doctoral research (2009, 2017, 2020). 

I am currently on secondment to the Australian Research Council where I am working as the Executive Director for the Humanities and Creative Arts (2023-2026). I will not be taking any new graduate students while I am on secondment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Executive Director, Australian Research Council (ARC)

Feb 2023 → …

Research area keywords

  • Aesthetics
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Images and Image Theory
  • Theories of Meaning