Doctor Kylie Budge

Doctor Kylie Budge

Research Theme Fellow - Urban Living,
Office of DVC & VP, Research and Innovation


I research the intersections between people and technology and society. I have an interest in how these connections manifest to produce new knowledge about communication and cultural practices. My 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.

I am Senior Research Fellow (Urban Living & 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. I have a particular interest in the ways visual culture is used through social media such as Instagram to construct meanings of self and place. My work contributes to the fields of cultural studies, media and communication, and cultural geography.

My 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.

I have 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. For a full list of my publications please click here.

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

I am a member of the Institute for Culture & Society and Digital Humanities Research Group at Western Sydney University, and serve on the Advisory Board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres.

I am 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 & museum) sectors.

Contact me for more information:

Twitter: @kyliebudge


This information has been contributed by Doctor Budge.


  • PhD University of Melbourne

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Office of DVC & VP, Research and Innovation


Phone: (02) 9685 4675
Location: ED.G.66

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 102262 Design Histories and Futures

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101931 Media Memory, 2017
  • 102262 Design Histories and Futures, 2018
  • 101931 Media Memory, 2018


Journal Articles

  • Budge, K. and Burness, A. (2018), 'Museum objects and Instagram : agency and communication in digital engagement', Continuum, vol 32, no 2 , pp 137 - 150.
  • Budge, K. (2018), 'Encountering people and place : museums through the lens of Instagram', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol 7, no 1 , pp 107 - 121.
  • Budge, K. (2018), '[In Press] Making in the city : disjunctures between public discourse and urban policy', Australian Geographer, .
  • 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, vol 60, no 1 , pp 67 - 85.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Cities, Creative Production and Innovation
Field of Research:

Western Sydney University

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