Kylie Budge

Dr Kylie Budge researches the intersections between people and technology and society. She has an interest in how these connections manifest to produce new knowledge about communication and cultural practices. Her interests include digital and material cultures of art and design; cultural institutions, their audiences and social media; cultures of making; identity; creativity; cultural theory and theories of value.

Kylie is Senior Research Fellow (Urban Living and Society) investigating the creative city phenomenon by exploring the ways in which creative producers (such as artists and designers), cultural audiences, and social media contribute to the development of such spaces and places. She has a particular interest in the ways visual culture is used through social media such as Instagram to construct meanings of self and place. Her work contributes to the fields of cultural studies, media and communication, and cultural geography.

Her PhD research was a qualitative study exploring the nature of the value of artist and designers’ creative practice in relation to the teaching of art and design in Australian universities.

Kylie has published in a range of journals, books, blogs, and other online media including Continuum, Curator: the Museum Journal, the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, International Journal of Art & Design Education, and Australian Geographer.

She previously worked in the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), and prior to that universities in both Australia and Japan.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres.

She is available for consultancy work and can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Analysis of research, policy and practice - especially qualitative analysis
  • Instagram and other social media research - visual analysis, understanding trends, providing interpretations of visitor/customer activity, interests and needs
  • Advice and input into research design
  • Emerging and future trends
  • Thought leadership with expertise in the arts, design, and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museum) sectors.


PhD, 2014, University of Melbourne

Master of Arts, 1998, Education, Macquarie University

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Budge, K 2015, 'Communities of creativity: social media sites as digital spaces for creative learning and teaching', in Flood, N & Coleman, K (eds), Capturing creativity: the link between creativity and teaching creatively, Common Grounds Publishing LLC, Champaign, Illinois, pp. 89-103.

Budge, K 2014, ‘Finding pockets of agency’, Being “in and out”: providing voice to early career women in academia, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 69-78.

Journal Articles

Franks, R & Budge, K 2018, 'Editorial', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 3-6.

Budge, K 2018, 'Encountering people and place: museums through the lens of Instagram' (opens in a new window), Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 107-121.

Budge, K & Burness, A 2018, ‘Museum objects and Instagram: agency and communication in digital engagement’, Continuum, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 137-150.

Budge, K 2017, ‘Beyond folding and gathering: museums attending to the new materiality’, Museum and Society, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 33-42.

Budge, K 2017, ‘Objects in focus: museum visitors and Instagram’, Curator: The Museum Journal, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 67-85.

Budge, K 2016, ‘Learning to be: the modelling of art and design practice in university art and design teaching’, International Journal of Art & Design Education, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 243-258.

Budge, K 2016, ‘The “new” craft phenomena and the contemporary museum’, Craft Research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 79-89.

Budge, K, Lemon, N & McPherson, M 2016, ‘Academics who tweet: “messy” identities in academia’, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 210-221.

Budge, K 2016, ‘Teaching art and design: communicating creative practice through embodied and tacit knowledge’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, vol. 15, no. 3-4, pp. 432-445.

Budge, K 2016, 'Learning to be: the modelling of art and design practice in university art and design teaching', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 243-258.

McPherson, M, Budge, K & Lemon, N 2015, ‘New practices in doing academic development: Twitter as an informal learning space’, International Journal for Academic Development, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 126-136.

Lemon, N, McPherson, M & Budge, K 2015, ‘Academics doing it differently: wooing, hooking up and spinning stories’, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, vol. 3, no. 2.

Budge, K 2015, ‘Social media as conduit in art: understanding connections to communities of practice through professional learning theory’, Visual Inquiry, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 169-179.

Budge, K 2014, ‘Context and performativity in identity choices: artists, designers and the academy’, Educate, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 32-43.

Lynas, E, Budge, K & Beale, C 2013, ‘Hands on: the importance of studio learning in design education’, Visual Inquiry, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 127-138.

Budge, K, Beale, C & Lynas, E 2013, ‘A chaotic intervention: creativity and peer learning in design education’, International Journal of Art & Design Education, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 146-156.

Budge, K 2013, ‘Virtual studio practices: visual artists, social media and creativity’, Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 15.

Budge, K 2012, ‘A question of values: why we need art and design in higher education’, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 5-16.

Budge, K & Clarke, A 2012, ‘Academic development is a creative act’, International Journal for Academic Development, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 59-70.

Budge, K 2012, 'Art and design blogs: a socially‐wise approach to creativity', International Journal of Art & Design Education, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 44-52.

Budge, K & Cowlishaw, K 2012, ‘Student and teacher perceptions of learning and teaching: a case study’, Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 549-565.

Budge, K 2011, ‘A desire for the personal: student perceptions of electronic feedback’, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 342-349.

Clarke, A & Budge, K 2010, ‘Listening for creative voices amid the cacophony of fiscal complaint about art and design education’, International Journal of Art & Design Education, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 153-162.

Conference Papers

Budge, K 2014, 'Merging the real and the virtual: 21st century practices and the studio model', Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference.

Budge, K 2012, 'Learning and teaching in art and design: a conceptual model', Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Budge, K & Gopal, S 2009, ‘Feedback: working from the student perspective’, ATN Assessment Conference 2009: Assessment in Different Dimensions, pp. 74.

Budge, K 2010, ‘The diversification of Australian higher education: is the academy prepared for the challenge?’, 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference.

Wingrove, D & Budge, K 2009, ‘Partnering with the academy to enhance educational integrity: lessons learnt at the coalface', 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity.

Budge, K 2007, 'Working with conceptions of teaching to underpin lasting change', 30th HERDSA Annual Conference.


Budge, K 2014, ‘Creative practice, value, and the teaching of art and design in higher education’.


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