Dr Teresa Swist

Photo of Teresa SwistTeresa Swist is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. She is a member of the Young and Resilient Research Centre (opens in a new window) and previously was part of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre's Safe and Well Online project (researching social communications in the promotion of young people's safety and wellbeing).

Teresa's doctoral thesis 'Becoming a creative practitioner in a complex society: Fostering a capability approach in higher education pedagogy' explored student, academic and professional perspectives of creativity from a social-ecological perspective.

Her research interests span the interplay of knowledge, cultural and creative practices and unfolding discursive-material relations. Teresa has a background in secondary school teaching and management, as well as higher education professional development.


  • PhD, 2012, Macquarie University
  • MEd, 2006, Deakin University
  • DipEd, 1999, University of New South Wales
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, 2010, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, 2007, University of Sydney
  • BA, 1995, Charles Sturt University

Research Focus

  • Social change
  • Methodologies
  • Digital culture
  • Pedagogy
  • Creativity

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015: Western Sydney University Research Excellence through Partnership award: Safe and Well Online team (with Dr Philippa Collin)
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Charles Sturt University
  • 2008-2011: Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Swist, T & Collin, P (in press), ‘Playing with zombie problems: gender-digital-play assemblage in online campaigns’, in D Parry, CW Johnson & S Fullagar (eds), Digital dilemmas: transforming gender identities and power in everyday life (opens in a new window), Palgrave Macmillan.

Swist, T & Magee, L 2017, 'Academic publishing and its digital binds: beyond the paywall towards ethical executions of code' (opens in a new window), Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 240-259.

Swist, T & Collin, P 2017, 'Platforms, data and children's rights: Introducing a "networked capability approach"' (opens in a new window), New Media & Society, vol. 19, no. 5 pp. 671-685.

Swist, T, Magee, L, Phuong, J & Sweeting, D 2017, ‘The labour of communicating publics: participatory platforms, socio-technical intermediaries and pluralistic expertise’, Communication and the Public, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 210–225.

Swist, T, Hodge, B & Collin, P 2016, '"Cultural making": how complexity and power relations are modulated in transdisciplinary research' (opens in a new window), Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, DOI:10.1080/10304312.2016.1186606.

Swist, T & Kuswara, A 2016, 'Place-making in higher education: co-creating engagement and knowledge practices in the networked age' (opens in a new window), Higher Education Research & Development, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 100-114.

Collin, P & Swist, T 2016, 'From products to publics? The potential of participatory design for research on youth, safety and well-being' (opens in a new window), Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 305-318.

Ang, I, Rowe, D, Magee, L, Wong, A, Swist, T, Rouillard, D & Polio, A 2016, Mapping culture: venues and infrastructure in the City of Sydney (opens in a new window)(PDF, 11.6MB), Western Sydney University, Penrith.

Spears, BA, Taddeo, CM, Collin, P, Swist, T, Razzell, M, Borbone, V & Drennan, J 2016, Safe and well online: learnings from four social marketing campaigns for youth wellbeing (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Spears, BA, Taddeo, CM, Barnes, A, Collin, P, Swist, T, Webb-Williams, J, Kavanagh, P, Drennan, J, Razzell, M & Borbone, V 2016, Connect. Challenge. Do. Design and evaluation of Goalzie: a goal-setting campaign to promote help-seeking for wellbeing (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

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