Ben Menadue is an Adjunct research fellow at The Cairns Institute with particular interests in cultural history, pedagogy and transformative approaches to education and research design, and digital approaches to the narrowing of the perceived gap between arts and sciences in contemporary research. He was awarded his PhD at James Cook University cum laude in 2019 and took up a position as Academic Development Manager at the University of Suffolk in the UK in December 2019. He retains strong links to the JCU community, having spent 11 years working for the university across a range of project, research management and teaching positions and is happy to receive invitations to join advisory panels for postgraduate research as well as opportunities to collaborate in multidisciplinary research undertakings.

His primary source  for his digital humanities research into social and cultural factors is science fiction, science fiction audiences and the role science fiction plays in indicating contemporary and historical interests and expectations in human culture. This is reflected in social psychology, science communication and promotion and he has written articles on science and science fiction related topics for The Conversation and other news sites.

  • Science Fiction
  • Digital Humanities
  • Communication
  • Genre
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Research Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Digital Literacy
  • Psychology
  • English
  • 2019 to present - Academic Development Manager, University of Suffolk (UK)
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2019 - PhD College of Arts, Society & Education, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2019 - Lecturer / Tutor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Research Business Manager, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Project Development Officer, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2008 - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, Plymouth (UK)
  • 1998 to 2002 - Masters in Business Administration, Open University (UK)
  • 1994 - MA (Cantab), Cambridge University (UK)
  • 1987 to 1990 - BA(Hons), Cambridge University (UK)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2020 - Medal for Excellence in Higher Degree Research
  • 2018 - People's Choice Award for best conference presentation 'Research Insights and Zones of Convergence' Conference
  • 2018 - Finalist: 'Visualise Your Research' James Cook University
  • 2018 - Outstanding contribution to student learning award (Team), James Cook University Pathways Programme
  • 2015 to 2018 - Postgraduate Research Scholarship (APA)
  • 2019 - Adjunct Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute
  • 2017 to 2019 - Postgraduate Fellow of The Cairns Institute

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