Consultancy services

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities has a variety of researchers who offer applied services to the market with the focus of driving the Centre’s expertise, research and knowledge into projects that impact government, industry and communities.

We can help you find the expertise you need for a research project, litigation case, or evaluation venture, or we can design a tailored education or information-sharing program for your school or organisation. Download our research capability statement (PDF 85KB).

Areas of research

The Centre brings together some of Australia’s most accomplished humanities scholars and is recognised internationally for excellence in research, with significant strength in:

  • Digital humanities
  • The history of violence
  • social research
  • Mining
  • Mobility and migration
  • Indigenous and diaspora studies
  • The material history of the book
  • Women's writing
  • Linguistics research focusing on endangered languages in our region
  • Wine studies research

You can tap into the following areas of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities research excellence:

  • Computational stylistics and analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Language, communication and culture
  • Renaissance literature
  • Women’s writing
  • Pop culture
  • Australian literature
  • Latin and Classical Greek literature
  • Myth, legend, folklore and fairytale
  • Gender, culture and sexuality
  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • European history
  • History of violence
  • Massacre in history
  • War and society
  • Aboriginal history
  • Colonialism
  • Domestic labour and service
  • Environmental history
  • Wine history
  • Drama, theatre and performance studies
  • Musicology and ethnomusicology
  • Music performance
  • Social change and development
  • Mobility and migration
  • Diaspora studies

Featured researchers

Dr Hedda Askland

Social research, evaluation and consultancy services

Dr Askland is an anthropologist who can provide expert advice on the impact of development on communities.  Through the field of social and environmental anthropology, Dr Askland’s research explores questions of development induced displacement and resettlement. She also investigates questions of land use and land use change (in particular as it relates to extractive industries), kinship, displacement and home.

As part of her ongoing research on land use and, specifically, the social impact of mining, she has provided independent expert advice in relation to the:

  • Wilpinjong Extension Project (NSW Planning Assessment Commission)
  • Bylong Coal Project (NSW Planning Assessment Commission)
  • Bylong Coal Project – Revised Project (NSW Independent Planning Commission)
  • Rocky Hill Coal Project and Strathfield Modification Project (Land and Environment Court

Hedda and her team are available for:

  • Media requests
  • Speaking requests
  • Consulting / advising
  • Research collaboration
  • Evaluation and research services
  • Peer review

Professor Marguerite Johnson

School and community programs on myth, legend, folklore and fairytale

An expert in Classics, Marguerite offers school and library programs with age-appropriate information sessions and activities on myth, legend, folklore and fairytale.

Marguerite and her PhD students research various facets of ancient Greek and Roman stories with a focus also on modern retellings in film, television, popular culture and literature. The team provides workshops, public lectures, information sessions and activities for all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Topics include:

  • The hero’s journey: famous stories of famous men
  • Monsters and myth: stories about defeating our fears
  • The women of myth and legend: feminine strength
  • Fairytales: stories old and new
  • Choose your own adventure: what hero or heroine are you?
  • Why we need stories: the power of myth and fairytale

Marguerite and her team are available for:

  • Media requests
  • Speaking requests
  • Consulting / advising
  • Research collaboration
  • Workshops

Professor Rosalind Smith

Renaissance literature, building research cultures and grant writing

Rosalind Smith is a professor of English, with expertise in Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare and women’s writing, as well as contemporary Australian literature. She has worked with galleries, libraries, archives and museums to bring their collections to life through digital technologies, and has presented at schools and libraries on aspects of early modern literature and culture. A former ARC College of Experts member of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel (2015-17), her experience as a successful grant writer and leader of large collaborative research teams and projects has meant that she is called upon to consult for research groups across the higher education sector. She is a current ARC Future Fellow (2018-2021) and has held competitive external grants totalling over $2 million.

Previous projects include:

  • Research workshop facilitator
  • External panel member
  • Invited speaker at HSC study days nationally
  • Extension 2 English mentoring
  • School consultation for all aspects of secondary English curriculum, including the preparation of reading guides

Associate Professor Jesper Gulddal

Literary history consultation services

Jesper Gulddal is a literary historian with expertise in the history and theory of the novel. Particular research interests within this area concern mobility, migration and border control in literature as well as crime fiction as a global literary genre; he has also published extensively on anti-Americanism in European literature. Jesper has previously worked as a consultant on a number of publishing and translation projects.

Jesper and his team are available for:

  • Media requests
  • Speaking requests
  • Consulting / advising
  • Translation / publication projects
  • Research collaboration

Dr Bill Pascoe

Consultation and software development for digital humanities

Dr Bill Pascoe is a digital humanities specialist with a work history in research software development and a PhD in English. Digital Humanities can transform research and engage the public. Dr Pascoe uses a rapid bricolage approach to collaborate closely from idea formation, through prototyping to project delivery within budget. He combines practicality with rare sensitivity to the divergent, often idiosyncratic, IT needs of Humanities. With decades of experience, he offers practical and insightful consultation and solution design for IT and web projects related to humanities and the GLAM sector or research in general.

Dr Pascoe has extensive hands on experience consulting, designing, project managing and developing research IT projects and in delivering seminars and short courses:
  • a broad portfolio of research software development projects, including the Colonial Frontier Massacres project, EMWRN archive of early modern women's writing, Stylometry software, Virtual Biobank end to end high resolution 3D medical image processing on high performance computing network, and urban water modelling software
  • creating writing and reading workshops for the Hunter Writer's Centre
  • a series of NUPSA hosted workshops and lectures introducing topics in philosophy
  • a workshop on technology and ethics for Ynot Technologies' Incubator Tank
  • 'Intro to code' and 'Digital Mapping' short courses for DH Downunder summer school and for start up events
He is available for consultation and solution design for digital archives, exhibits and web applications for galleries, libraries, museums and other humanities or research related projects and seminars and workshops in:
  • Introduction to Code (no-maths or science needed)
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Semiotics
  • Creative Writing and Reading
  • Digital Mapping
  • Digital Humanities
  • Issues in artificial intelligence
  • Technology and Ethics