Doctor Jason Ensor

Doctor Jason Ensor

Acting Associate Librarian, Resources and Digital Services,
Office of University Librarian

Manager, Engagement Strategy and Scholarly Communication,
Library Systems

Research & Technical Development Manager - Digital Humanities,
Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Dr Jason Ensor works at the forefront of academic technologies. With nearly two decades in arts-humanities historical research and public-facing digital business, he has built a reputation for developing, supporting and fostering the innovative use of technology within higher education as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. A highly productive professional and scholar, Jason is Manager, Library Digital Infrastructure, at Western Sydney University where he oversees numerous digital services across multiple campus libraries. Holding a Doctorate, a Masters and a Bachelors in arts-humanities fields (Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies), Jason is also ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundations certified in IT Service Management, PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) Foundations and Practitioner accredited in Project Management. and a 2018 graduate of the Western Sydney University Inspire Leadership program. He is currently completing a Diploma in Digital Information Management and accreditation in Business Analysis, Change Management, Lean Management of Risk, Lean Foundations and Managing Successful Projects.

In his research and technical positions, Jason provides management and technology expertise as well as enabling, developing and coordinating high-end digital infrastructure projects. Embracing core values that mix integrity with innovation, he has primary responsibility for designing and managing digital infrastructure, as well as frequently giving direct scholarly and methodological consultation for individual digital humanities research projects through their full life-cycle. Outside academia, Jason is an experienced business professional in web software development and print publishing. He is a distinguished speaker on research problems and digital solutions, presenting regularly in national and international forums.

In 2017-2018, Jason is Visiting Professor in Digital Humanities at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria, Canada, and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, Radboud University, The Netherlands. In 2018, as a Australian book historian by trade, he will convene the 26th conference for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, an international scholarly event being held for the first time in Sydney, Australia.

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  • PhD Murdoch University
  • MA University of Queensland
  • PGDip(Aus Studies) University of Queensland
  • BA University of Queensland

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (2013 - 2017)
  • DHCommons (CenterNet) (2014 - 2016)


  • Australian Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Library Information Systems

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Office of University Librarian
  • Library Systems
  • Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Phone: (02) 9852 5029
Location: T.5.40
Penrith (Kingswood)

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  • Ensor, J. (2012), 'Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970 : the getting of bookselling wisdom', : Anthem Press 9780857285669.

Chapters in Books

  • Nile, R. and Ensor, J. (2009), 'The novel, the implicated reader and Australian literary cultures, 1950-2008', The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, Cambridge University Press 9780521881654.
  • Ensor, J. (2009), 'Is a picture worth 10,175 Australian novels?', Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture, Sydney University Press 9781920899455.

Journal Articles

  • Maor, D., Ensor, J. and Fraser, B. (2016), 'Doctoral supervision in virtual spaces : a review of research of web-based tools to develop collaborative supervision', Higher Education Research & Development, vol 35, no 1 , pp 172 - 188.
  • Burrows, S., Ensor, J., Henningsgaard, P. and Hiribarren, V. (2016), 'Mapping print, connecting cultures', Library and Information History, vol 32, no 4 , pp 259 - 271.
  • Ensor, J. (2011), 'Angus & Robertson and the case of the "Bombshell Salesman"', Script and Print, vol 35, no 2 , pp 69 - 79.
  • Ensor, J. (2010), '"A policy of splendid isolation" : Angus and Robertson, George G. Harrap and the politics of co-operation in the Australian book trade during the late 1930s', Script and Print, vol 34, no 1 , pp 34 - 42.
  • Ensor, J. (2009), '"Still waters run deep" : empirical methods and the migration patterns of regional publishers' authors and titles within Australian literature', Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, vol 23, no 2 , pp 197 - 208.
  • Ensor, J. (2008), 'Reprints, international markets and local literary taste : new empiricism and Australian literature', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol Special Issue 2008, no The Colonial Present , pp 198 - 218.

Conference Papers

  • Robbins, S. and Ensor, J. (2016), 'Strategic publishing using Journal Finder', Victorian Association for Library Automation. Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Vic..

In his research Jason is particularly interested in systems and strategies for measuring and benchmarking research impact across disciplines; the evaluation gap between ‘born digital’ scholarship and traditional research outputs; digital cultural mapping, geo-temporal analysis and data-use in humanities scholarship; the interaction between consumerism, technology and cultural transformation; the future of books projected from an historical perspective and from current product developments; the predictive role of creative work in book formats; and open business models in academic publishing.

Jason’s latest book, Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom (2012), examines the literary, economic and cultural interdependence between Australian and British publishers during the twentieth century. Other more recent publications include: ‘Strategic Publishing Using Journal Finder’ (2016), a library sciences approach to organising existing information relating to journals and impact in ways that are relevant to the Australian situation; ‘Doctoral Supervision in Virtual Spaces’ (2016), a synthesis of research on combining digital technology with pedagogy in order to innovate doctoral supervision; ‘Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?’ (2010), a cultural studies analysis of technology use in humanities research; ‘Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers’ Authors and Titles within Australian Literature’ (2009), a study of 100 years of publishing in Australia; and ‘The Novel, the Implicated Reader and Australian Literary Cultures, 1950–2008‘ (2009), a study of Australian fiction by examining the way it has been moulded by the publishing industry, including pulp publishing, and the changing tastes of readers (cited in Australia.Gov.Au).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ensor.

Current Projects

Title: Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Simon Burrows, Jason Ensor and Rachel Hendery
Years: 2016-06-13 - 2019-06-12
ID: P00022619
Title: Angus and Robertson Collection for Humanities and Education Research (ARCHivER) [via Monash Uni]
  • Department of Education and Training (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jason Ensor and Simon Burrows
Years: 2016-05-16 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00023456

Previous Projects

Title: Developing a Sustainable Model for the Preservation of the 'Mutual Cultural Heritage' of Dutch who made Australia and New Zealand Home [via Curtin Uni - no funding to Western Sydney Uni]
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Western Researchers: Jason Ensor
Years: 2015-01-15 - 2015-01-31
ID: P00023164
Title: Ageing Creatively: Creative Writing as a Tool for Healthy Ageing
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Anthony Uhlmann, Paul Arthur, Christopher Davis, Denis Burnham, Esther Chang, Jason Ensor, Rachel Hendery, Rachel Morley and Melinda Jewell
Years: 2015-03-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022526


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