Dr David Rousell is Senior Lecturer in Creative Education at RMIT, where he teaches across the areas of art and design education, critical policy studies, and education futures.
David Rousell is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Education at RMIT University, where he is a core member of the Creative Agency Lab and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre.
He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, and adjunct Research Fellow at Southern Cross University. He currently teaches and coordinates courses across the areas of art and design education, critical policy studies, and education futures. His courses bring a strong commitment to social justice and creative pedagogies to address the shifting landscapes of 21st century teaching and learning. His research combines theoretical work in affect and sensory studies, new materialisms, and post-humanism with his professional background as an environmental artist, designer, and arts educator. David has published widely across the fields of environmental and sustainability education, arts education, childhood studies, media studies, and the philosophy of education. His work also contributes to methodological innovations in education and social research, focusing on the development of new methods that combine artistic, digital, and ethnographic approaches to social mapping.
Many of David’s recent projects have focused on multi-sensory and immersive re-imaginings of local places and institutions in response to the onset of climate change, mass extinction, and ubiquitous digital mediation at planetary scale. His research has brought public attention to the diverse impacts of climate change on the lives of children and young people through major exhibitions in universities, galleries, museums, libraries, and community art spaces in Australia and internationally. Other significant outputs include the co-development of an inquiry-led Climate Change Curriculum that has been taken up by over 25 primary and secondary schools across Australia. His current book projects include Immersive Cartography: A speculative adventure into research-creation (Routledge, 2021) and Climate Change Imaginaries: Encountering the Anthropocene with children and young people (Springer, 2021, co-authored with Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles).
Links to David’s creative research projects can be found at:
- 2013- 2018 Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, School of Education
- 2012-2013 Graduate Diploma of Education, (Secondary Visual Arts/Design), Southern Cross University, School of Education
- 2002-2003, Bachelor of Visual Arts (3D specialization), University of South Australia, Adelaide
- 1999-2000, Certificate in Design, Wanganui Polytechnic, New Zealand
Selected National and International Exhibitions:
- Rousell, D., Trafi-Prats, L., Begum, R., de Freitas, E., (2019). Memories of the Future. Workshop, exhibition and film screening at Ausland, Berlin, Digital Anthropologies 7.
- Rousell, D., de Freitas, E., Trafi-Prats, L., Hohti, R. (2019). Remixing Thick Time. Exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery, in collaboration with Young Contemporaries (age 16-25)
- Rousell, D., Hohti, R., and Chalk, H. (2019). Inheriting the Anthropocene. Exhibition at Manchester Museum, in collaboration with Young Adventurers (age 11-14)
- Rousell, D., and de Freitas, E. (2018). Superpositions. Exhibition at Birley Art Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with Z-artists (age 11-13).
- Rousell, D. (2017). Lures for Feeling: Selected works from the States and Territories project (2014-2016). Solo exhibition at the Summer Institute for Qualitative Research, Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Rousell, D., & St Clair, J. (2016). CubeWalk Soundtrail, Location-based audio walk and mobile application exploring stories of place from students and staff. Lismore campus, Southern Cross University.
- Rousell, D. (2015). CubeWalk. Permanent installation of public artworks with accompanying conceptual framework. Lismore campus, Southern Cross University.
- Rousell, D., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2015). Past Now Future. Curated traveling exhibition of children and young people's art, research and writing about climate change. 7 public libraries across NSW, Australia (10,000 + viewers).
- Rousell, D. (2014). Terraforms, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
- Rousell, D. (2013). Cubic Reflections, interactive installation at Southern Cross University
- Rousell, D. (2012). Autumn, group exhibition at Gallery Sikabonyi, Vienna, Austria
- Rousell, D. (2011). Art Live, group exhibition at CATM gallery, Chelsea, New York
- Rousell, D. (2011). Mindscape-Convergence, solo exhibition at Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
- Rousell, D. (2010-11). Ranamok Glass Prize finalists exhibition, Canberra Glassworks and national tour
- Rousell, D. (2008). Sculpture en Verre, group exhibition at Luniverre Gallery, Paris, France
- Rousell, D. (2007). Aurora Australis, solo exhibition at Luniverre Gallery, Cordes, France
- Rousell, D. (2005). Incandescence, group exhibition at Nexus Artspace, Adelaide
- Rousell, D. (2004). Sympatico, video installation and performance at the Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Rousell, D. (2004). NatureCulture, video installation at South Australian Living Artists Festival
- Rousell, D. (2022). Accidental Creatures: Whitehead’s Creativity and the Clashing Intensities of More-Than-Human Life In: Qualitative Inquiry, , 1 - 12
- Rousell, D.,Harris, D.,Wise, K.,MacDonald, A.,Vagg, J. (2022). Posthuman Creativities: Democratizing Creative Educational Experience Beyond the Human In: Review of Research in Education, 46, 374 - 397
- Rousell, D. (2022). Performing rebellious theory and methodology: Going all city In: Doing Rebellious Research in and Beyond the Academy, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands
- Rousell, D. (2022). Animist pedagogies and ending of world: Rituals for the pluriverse In: Doing Rebellious Research in and Beyond the Academy, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands
- De Freitas, E.,Trafi-Prats, L.,Rousell, D.,Hohti, R. (2022). A poetics of opacity: Toward a new ethics of participation in gallery-based art projects with young people In: Visual participatory arts based research in the city: Ontology, aesthetics, and ethics, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Lasczik, A.,Rousell, D.,Irwin, R.,Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, A.,Lee, N. (2022). Walking with a/r/tography: An orientation In: Walking with A/r/tography, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland
- Rousell, D.,Penaloza Caicedo, A. (2022). Listening for futures along Birrarung Marr: speculative immersive experience in environmental education In: Australian Journal of Environmental Education, , 1 - 20
- Rousell, D.,Wijesinghe, T.,Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, A.,Osborn, M. (2021). (In Press) Digital media, political affect, and a youth to come: rethinking climate change education through Deleuzian dramatisation In: Educational Review, , 1 - 22
- Evans, S.,Harrison, M.,Rousell, D. (2021). Teaching in the afterward: undoing order-words and affirming transversal alternatives In: Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education, , 1 - 19
- Hohti, R.,Rousell, D.,MacLure, M.,Chalk, H. (2021). Atmospheres of the Anthropocene. Sensing and rerouting dis/inheritances in a university museum with young people In: Children's Geographies, , 1 - 15
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