Elizabeth Grierson is Professor of Art and Philosophy at RMIT University, a key researcher and a supervisor of doctorate candidates. She was Head of the School of Art from 2005 to 2012.
Elizabeth is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology, NZ. She is scholarly editor of the academic journal ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communications, Cultural & Policy Studies. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Brighton UK in 1998-99, and well known for her research and advocacy for creative arts in education in New Zealand and the Pacific Region. At RMIT Elizabeth is an active researcher in the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation and in the Design Research Institute’s flagship program, Mediated City. She was the leader of the Design Research Institute’s Intervention through Art program and participated in projects in the Global Cities Research Institute’s inaugural Globalization and Culture program. Elizabeth’s work is known internationally through her many publications, keynotes and conference presentations and her leadership roles in education. Her legal qualifications extend her research capabilities to include issues of law and justice along with education, art and aesthetics. Elizabeth is an Australian Lawyer and an Officer of the Court, admitted at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
- PhD in philosophy of education (University of Auckland 2001). Thesis: The Politics of Knowledge: A poststructuralist approach to visual arts education in tertiary sites
- Juris Doctor (Distinction) (RMIT 2015)
- MA (1st Class Hons.) in Art History (University of Auckland 1990). Thesis: The Art of Louise Henderson 1925-1990
- BA in English (University of Auckland)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law Victoria)
- Diploma of Teaching (Auckland College of Education)
- Licentiate Diploma of Speech and Drama (NZ Speech Board)
- Associate of Trinity College London in Speech and Drama (University of London)
During the Juris Doctor Elizabeth undertook intensive study on European economics, business and finance at the Business Faculty Winter School, University of Aarhus, Denmark. In 2014 she undertook a week’s legal clinic at the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal in conjunction with the RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice. Elizabeth has undertaken research in feminist jurisprudence, and legal approaches to cyberstalking and cyberbullying in Australia and New Zealand. In 2015 Elizabeth completed the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law Victoria, with supervised work experience at the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal Registry and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne. In 2014 she undertook a week’s legal clinic at the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal in conjunction with the RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice.
- Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association [ANZELA]
- Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia [PESA]
- Law Institute of Victoria [LIV]
- International Society of Education through Art [InSEA]
Elizabeth has undertaken many advisory roles in art and education including as an advisor and writer of the Initial Advice Paper and Shaping Paper for the Australian National Curriculum: The Arts, and advisory committee work for the national arts curriculum in New Zealand.
- Advisor and co-writer of Shape Paper, Australian National Curriculum: the Arts.
- World Councillor InSEA International Society of Education through Art (2006-11)
- Board member ACUADS Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools and Art Education Australia
- International committee member Global Studies Association (UK)
- Head of Research at AUT School of Art and Design, NZ (1996-2005)
- Head of School at ASA School of Art, NZ (1994-1996)
- National President ANZAAE Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (2001-05)
- Chair of Royal Society of Arts NZ.