Dan Harris

Dan Harris is Professor and Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, School of Education at RMIT, is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Co-Director of Creative Agency research lab: www.creativeresearchhub.com . Harris is editor of the book series Creativity, Education and the Arts (Palgrave), has authored over 100 articles/book chapters, 17 books, plays, films and spoken word performances, and is a proud member of the DERC Executive.



Creative Industries and Education in Australasia (ARC Future Fellowship 2017-2021)

Young people, digital play and diversity (Social Cohesion DEET funding)

What’s Your Story Melbourne? (Melbourne City Council 2018), co-investigator Stacy Holman Jones

Creative Capacities in Education and Policy (ARC DECRA) 2014-2016

Art/Hope/Culture (Victoria Womens’ Trust & Maribyrnong City Council 2012-2014), co-investigator Enza Gandolfo


They are the author of over 100 articles and book chapters, as well as 17 books, including:

Harris, D. (2021). Creative Agency. (Palgrave)

Harris, A., Luka, M.E., & Markham, A. (Eds.) (2021). Massive/Micro Autoethnography: Creative learning in COVID times. Springer.

Holman Jones, S. and Harris, A. (eds.) (2020). Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies. London: Routledge.

Iosefo, F., Holman Jones, S. and Harris, A. (eds.) (2020). Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography. London: Routledge.

Hjorth, L., Harris, A., Jungnickel, K. & Coombs, G. (2019). Creative Practice Ethnographies. NY: Lexington.

Harris, A. and Holman Jones, S. (2019). The Queer Life of Things. NY: Lexington/ Rowman & Littlefield.

Holman Jones, S. and Harris, A. (2018). Queering Autoethnography. NY: Routledge.

Co-edited the following journal special issues

2016 Continuum on ‘Creativity and Sexualities’, co-edited with Yvette Taylor.

2016 Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, co-edited w Stacy Holman Jones.

2015 – UNESCO Observatory Multidisciplinary Research in the Arts “Critical Approaches to ABR” co-edited with Mary Ann Hunter & Clare Hall.

2014 – Departures in Critical Qualitative Research “Creative Pedagogies” co-edited with Stacy Holman Jones.

2011 – New Community Quarterly (special issue, guest co-editors, Harris, A., Ollis, T. and Campbell, L.). Vol 9, No 3, Summer 2011. Issue 35.


  • 2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher (Monash University, Faculty of Education)
  • 2011 Women in Leadership award, Victoria University
  • Secomb Travel Award, 2008
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (PhD) 2007-2010
  • Patrick White Playwriting Award (finalist), 2006

Research interests

Digital media, performance theory and practice, cultural/sexual/gender diversities, ethnographies, creativity, design, practice-led research, feminist theory, posthum.


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DERC’s research on COVID continues to surge ahead

July 21, 2020

We may have been in lockdown, but that didn’t stop DERC researchers from launching several projects to study the pandemic.