Researcher biography

Alasdair is Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and an Australian Compassion Council Scholar. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, a member of the RMIT Contemporary Art and Social Transformation research group and Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Photoforum. In 2018, he was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he worked with staff on the development of innovative pedagogic approaches that promote the flourishing of both students and the wider community.

Alasdair is a writer, curator and researcher who works worldwide, especially in Asia and Latin America. He has twenty years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He has served as President of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia, Chair of the Conference of European Photographers and was for more than ten years the editor/managing editor of Photofile magazine.

A polymath, Alasdair has worked as an artist, curator, writer, editor, researcher, historian, policy advisor, photographer and filmmaker, integrating each experience into an expansive worldview. His academic research spans a wide range of paradigms to build a powerful argument for collaborative and participatory culture. It is an argument that sets the social, historical, economic and political context for understanding the arts in the public sphere within the frame of evolutionary psychology, neurophysiology, sociobiology and mental health.