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Biography

I am a Lecturer in Anthropology/Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Science. I have previously worked as a Research Fellow at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, where I was employed in a research capacity since completing my PhD in July 2009. I hold a Candidata Magisterii (Can.Mag.) degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, majoring in social anthropology, and a Masters of Social Science and a PhD (Sociology/Anthropology) from The University of Newcastle, Australia. I am a past recipient of the highly competitive L. Meltzers Høyskolefond (2001, 2002) and the Commonwealth Government funded International Research Scholarship, and in 2007 I won The University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Science Publication Prize. For my PhD, I conducted an ethnographic study of East Timorese living in Australia, specifically focusing on how political unrest and national crisis affect exiles’ experiences of self, community and nation. Both my past and present research have been published in books and international refereed journals, and presented at international conferences.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 15/02/2010
  • Master of Social Science, University of Newcastle, 30/06/2005

Research

Research keywords

  • Diaspora and exile
  • East Timor
  • Ethnography
  • Identity
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Social anthropology
  • Social change and development
  • Youth

Research expertise

My research background is in the field of social and cultural anthropology. Through my postgraduate studies (Master of Social Science (research) and PhD) I have explored issues related to migration, diaspora, exile, home, community, identity and belonging. Whereas my Master thesis considers the question of a particular group of young East-Timorese exiles in the immediate aftermath of the Indonesian occupation and explores the impact of the Australian Government's immigration policies on the situation of this particular group of asylum seekers, my PhD focuses on issues related to the broader diasporic community. My PhD thesis, entitled 'East Timorese in Melbourne: Community and Identity at a Time of Political Unrest in Timor-Leste', considers how political unrest and national crisis affect exiles’ experiences of self, community and nation. It is an ethnographic study of East-Timorese expatriates’ lives after the realisation of independence in East Timor that aims to improve the understanding of the ways in which expatriates and diaspora communities experience and relate to violence and radical political change in their home country.

My key professional interests surround issues related to forced movement, exile, democracy, conflict resolution, development, and political, social and environmental change. Through my research, I have gained an in-depth understanding of complex issues related to nationbuilding, migration, immigration policy, communal structures, violence and unrest, and challenges related to policy and practice in developing countries. My emerging research blends my past work on social change and development with the themes of resources, environmental change and resilience. I have a strong interest in the question of ethnographic field research and, more particularly, methodological and ethical issues related to doing research in volatile communities and with vulnerable groups.

My research expertise also incorporates the themes of creativity, architectural education and design practice. In the period 2010-2014, I worked at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, where I managed a two-year ALTC project that explored the question of creativity in the context of design and architecture education. This project considered the question of creativity in architecture and design and questioned how creativity, as an aspired learning outcome of the design disciplines, can be assessed. As part of my work at SABE, I was also part of two interdisciplinary teams that worked on research project that considered (a) the themes of cultural built heritage, resilience and natural disasters, and (b) ethnography, architectural practice, creativity and management.

Languages

  • English
  • Norwegian

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160104Social And Cultural Anthropology50
160800Sociology50

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
  • Member - European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Member - Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Collaboration

As part of my work at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, I worked in a research team with members from a number of universities, including: RMIT University, Deakin University, the University of Tasmania, Monash University, and Queensland University of Technology. I have also worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams based at The University of Newcastle, which included the disciplines of anthropology, indigenous studies, architecture, construction management, architectural history and design.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • SOCA1020 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • SOCA3850 Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World

Teaching expertise

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Indigenous People in the Contemporary World

Social Science Research Methods

Social Change and Development

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Askland HH, 'My Life as a Chameleon: Finding the Anthropological Self through Interdisciplinary Collaboration', Collaborative Anthropologies, 6 244-267 (2013) [C1]
2007Askland HH, 'Habitus, practice and agency of young East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 8 235-249 (2007) [C1]

Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney, 355 (2012) [A3]
2010Williams AP, Ostwald M, Askland HH, Creativity, Design and Education: Theories, Positions and Challenges, Australian Learning & Teaching Council, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 199 (2010) [A2]

Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Assessing creativity: Revisiting the literature', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 1-16 (2012) [B1]
2012Askland HH, Ostwald M, 'Assessing creativity: Academic and student perceptions', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 47-62 (2012) [B1]

Co-authors: Michael Ostwald

2012Askland HH, Williams AP, 'The challenge of teaching creativity', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 29-46 (2012) [B1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2012Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'Models and matrices', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 63-80 (2012) [B1]

Co-authors: Michael Ostwald

2012Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'Assessment regimes: Patterns of creative evaluation in architecture and design', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 81-100 (2012) [B1]

Co-authors: Michael Ostwald

2012Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Overarching issues, strategic considerations and practical responses: Final thoughts on assessing design', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 289-298 (2012) [B1]
2012Askland HH, 'Reflective journal review', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney 255-270 (2012) [B1]
2011Williams AP, Gu N, Askland HH, 'Virtuality - Offering opportunites for creativity', Design Creativity 2010, Springer, London 183-190 (2011) [B1]

Co-authors: Ning Gu, Tony Williams

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Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Askland HH, ' Circulating Stories: East Timorese in Australia and Questions of Post-Independence Identity', Oceania, 84 105-120 (2014) [C1]
2013Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Project organizations as organizational fields: expanding the level of analysis through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 3 116-126 (2013) [C1]
2013Askland HH, 'My Life as a Chameleon: Finding the Anthropological Self through Interdisciplinary Collaboration', Collaborative Anthropologies, 6 244-267 (2013) [C1]
2011Williams AP, Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'The relationship between creativity and design and its implication for design education', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5 57-72 (2011) [C1]
2007Askland HH, 'Habitus, practice and agency of young East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 8 235-249 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Gajendran T, Askland HH, Dainty A, Brewer GJ, 'Cognitive interests, epistemological space and aspirational identity: How does identity form part of construction?', Conference Proceedings Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, WO65, WO89, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84: International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
2012Mackee J, Askland HH, Askew L, 'Maintaining place: Resilience as a means of protecting cultural built heritage in the face of natural disasters, a theoretical overview', RICS COBRA 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Jamie Mackee

2012Jones WM, Askland HH, 'Design briefs: Is there a standard', Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Antwerp, Belgium (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Wyn Jones

2012Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Project organisations as organisational fields: An exploration of construction projects through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Working Paper Proceedings. Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Rheden, The Netherlands (2012) [E1]
2011Williams AP, Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'In search for unity: Finding a disciplinary approach to design creativity', Proceedings of IASDR2011, 4th World Conference on Design Research, Delft, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
2011Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Assessing creativity: Proposition', Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE2011), London (2011) [E1]
2011Ostwald M, Askland HH, Williams AP, 'Assessing creativity as an aspired learning outcome: A four-part model', Conference Proceedings 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, Sydney, NSW (2011) [E1]
2011Askland HH, Williams AP, Ostwald M, 'Finding common ground: A disciplinary approach to creativity', Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE2011), London (2011) [E1]
2011Askland HH, Williams AP, Ostwald M, 'Teaching creative design: A challenging field', Proceedings of the Desire'11 Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
2010Williams AP, Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'The design studio, models of creativity and the education of future designers', Proceedings of the DESIRE'10 Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Aarhus, Denmark (2010) [E1]
2010Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Creativity and design: An educational dilemma', On the Edge. Conference Papers of the 44th Annual Conference of ANZAScA, Auckland, NZ (2010) [E1]
2010Askland HH, Williams AP, Ostwald M, 'From ambiguity to complexity: Conceptualising creativity in the context of formal design education', Conference Proceedings: The First International Conference on Design Creativity (IDC2010), Kobe, Japan (2010) [E1]
2010Williams AP, Askland HH, Ostwald M, 'Changes in students' attitudes toward architectural education', All Ireland Symposium on Built Environment Education. Abstracts and Papers, University of Ulster, Ireland (2010) [E1]
2010Askland HH, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Changing conceptualisations of creativity in design', Proceedings of the DESIRE'10 Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Aarhus, Denmark (2010) [E1]
2010Williams AP, Ostwald M, Askland HH, 'Assessing creativity in the context of architectural design education', Conference Proceedings. Design & Complexity: Design Research Society International Conference, Montreal (2010) [E1]
2010Askland HH, 'Fighting for the homeland: East-Timorese refugees and the reproduction of locality in exile', Crisis and Imagination. EASA 11th Biennial Conference. Conference Programme and book of abstracts, Maynooth, Ireland (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants5
Total funding$39,500

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2014 (1 grants)

Network for Youth Research Outside the Northern Metropole$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Pamela Nilan, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Conjoint Professor Andy Furlong, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Julia Coffey, Doctor Hedda Askland, Doctor Lena Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400957

2012 (4 grants)

Structures of Architectural Practice: an ethnographic study of six architectural design practices in Sydney$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Chapman, Doctor Hedda Askland, Mr Ramsey Awad
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020122012
GNo:G1201026

Structures of Architectural Practice: an ethnographic study of six design practices in Sydney.$10,000
Funding Body: NSW Architects Registration Board

Project Team
Doctor Michael Chapman, Doctor Hedda Askland, Mr Ramsey Awad, Associate Professor Lindsay Johnston, Professor Lawrence Nield
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020122012
GNo:G1200828

New Staff Grant 2012$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Hedda Askland
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020122012
GNo:G1200558

Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2012: Culture and Contest in a Material World, The University of Queensland, 26 -28 September 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Hedda Askland
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200931
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132016PhD (Architecture)Co-SupervisorGoing Digitally Native: An Ethnographic Study of Digital Technology in Architectural Education
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Dr Hedda Askland

Work Phone(02) 4921 7067
Fax(02) 4921 6933
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PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
W344,
Behavioural Science,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/hedda-askland