Dr Benjamin Matthews

Dr Benjamin Matthews


School of Creative Industries (Design and Natural History Illustration)

Career Summary


I am a Lecturer in Design in the School of Creative Industries, with an interest in strategic communication design, design management, the post-industrial circumstances of the creative industries, emergent network cultures and media art.

My scholarly approach is transdisciplinary, and includes engagement with: design; organised networks; creative teams; innovation; media work; celebrity; collaborative cultures; urban/street cultures; visual culture; emergence; translatability; mimetic theory; and media anthropology. 

I also collaborate with artists to write catalog essays and to curate cross platform media.

I completed an cross-disciplinary PhD at in 2010 (English and Communication), before moving into media industry roles in Newcastle and Sydney for several years, and was eventually invited to contribute to new undergraduate and masters programs during 2016 with UTS, and 2017 at Western Sydney University.

I have a passion for connecting teaching and learning with contemporary industry practice and growing strong networks of interaction with prospective employers and creative institutions.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Collectivism
  • Design
  • Digital Communication
  • Emergence
  • Globalisation
  • Media Work
  • Network Cultures
  • Organised Networks
  • Post-Industrial Journalism
  • Precarity
  • Social Enterprise
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Design
  • Transdisciplinary Design
  • Transdisciplinary Innovation


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120303 Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice 50
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Burns LS, Matthews BJ, Understanding Journalism, SAGE, 288 (2018)

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Burns LS, Matthews BJ, 'First Things First: Teaching Data Journalism as a Core Skill', Asia Pacific Media Educator, 28 91-105 (2018)
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Matthews B, 'Anti-hierarchical culture in media-based creative collectives: sketching originary analyses', Anthropoetics, 22 (2017)
2017 Matthews B, 'Precarity, globalism and resistance in emergent collectivism: the case of Enspiral', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 11 (2017)
2017 Burns LS, Matthews BJ, ' Post-Industrial Journalism as a Creative Industry', World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 11 1543-1551 (2017)
2015 Matthews B, 'Virality and the new ostensive: Ai Weiwei s leg-gun meme', Anthropoetics, 21 (2015)
2015 Matthews B, 'Victimary Thinking, Celebrity and the CCTV Building.', Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology, 20 (2015)
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Matthews B, 'Review of Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene (2018)

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Matthews B, 'The New Hypothetical Continents Collaborative Archive', New Hypothetical Continents: Experimenting With U/Dystopia, Parsons, The New School, New York, USA (2019)
2007 Matthews BJ, 'Problem of the real: Interpretation and literary anthropology', Research Higher Degree Student Congress 2005. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E2]
2007 Matthews BJ, 'Staging the significance of literacy interpretation', Research Higher Degree Student Congress 2006. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E2]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Matthews BJ, others, Wolfgang Iser and literary anthropology, University of Newcastle (2010)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,000

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20191 grants / $5,000

Faculty of Education and Arts New Start Grant$5,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme New Start Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD SafeSpace VR: An Assistive Technology Based Virtual Reality (VR) Application PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Dr Benjamin Matthews


School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Design and Natural History Illustration

Contact Details

Email ben.matthews@newcastle.edu.au
Fax (02) 4921 5896
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Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308