Dr Claire Hansen is a Lecturer in English and Writing within the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University. She is also Co-Coordinator of the English Major. Claire completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, where her research focused on the use of complexity theory in Shakespeare studies and in education.

Claire is a member of the Shakespeare Reloaded project, an ongoing collaborative project exploring innovative approaches to teaching and learning at secondary and tertiary institutions. She assists in the management of the Shakespeare Reloaded website.

Her book, Shakespeare and Complexity Theory, was published by Routledge in 2017. Claire has also published on Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, education, early modern dance, and female characters in renaissance literature. 

Claire's interests include Shakespeare studies and early modern drama, place-based learning, ecocriticism, pedagogy, complexity theory, and the public value of the humanities. 

Current research projects

Place-based Shakespeare

Claire's current research is centred on Shakespeare and place. She has recently published articles in TEXT Journal and Critical SurveyAs part of her place-based project, Claire has collaborated with local theatre company TheatreiNQ and is collecting data on secondary and tertiary student experiences of place in relation to the teaching and learning of Shakespeare.

JCU Blue Humanities Lab

Claire is co-chair of the JCU Blue Humanities Lab, a multidisciplinary research initiative centred on the ‘blue’ spaces of our world – reefs, oceans, rivers, and inland bodies of waters.

The Heart of the Matter

In 2018 Claire launched a Health Humanities working group at JCU. The group's first initiative is "The Heart of the Matter", a multidisciplinary investigation into figurative and literal representations of the heart. Find out more about The Heart of the Matter.

In 2020, Claire produced a podcast with Dr Bríd Phillips (Lecturer in Health Humanities at University of Western Australia) on 'What is (health) humanities for?'. You can access the podcast here.

Claire also has a forthcoming article in the journal Medical Humanities.

  • EL1008: Telling Tales: Approaches to Narrative (Level 1; TSV)
  • EL1009: Great Books (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EL2097: Remaking Shakespeare (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EL3100: Green Worlds: Environment and Literature (Level 3; TSV)
  • Shakespeare studies - early modern literature and drama, women in early modern drama, Shakespeare and ecocriticism, Shakespeare and pedagogy, Shakespeare and place
  • Ecocriticism and place-based learning
  • Complexity theory
  • The health humanities and medical humanities - and the public value of the humanities
  • Pedagogy - approaches to teaching and learning Shakespeare, Shakespeare studies in secondary and tertiary environments, complexity theory in education, place-based learning. ecocritical approaches to teaching
  • Shakespeare; early modern drama and literature; poetry; theatre; performance; ecocriticism; digital literature; narrative theory; adaptations; the history of English literature; approaches to storytelling
  • 2012 to present - Researcher and Website Manager, Shakespeare Reloaded Project
  • 2012 to 2017 - Lecturer, Unit Coordinator, Tutor, University of Sydney
  • 2015 - Lecturer, University of Wollongong
  • 2015 - Unit Coordinator, University of New England
  • 2013 - Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Bursary
  • 2014 - ANZSA Postgraduate Bursary
  • 2013 - University of Sydney Grants-in-Aid Scholarship
  • 2013 - Teaching Award - Dean's Citation for Excellence in Teaching in Tutorials (University of Sydney
  • 2013 - University of Otago Travel Bursary for Postgraduate Advanced Workshop on Interdisciplinarity
  • 2012 - Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (University of Sydney)
  • 2010 - Beauchamp Literary Prize for Best Literary Essay (University of Sydney)
  • 2009 - Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
  • 2009 - University of Sydney Honours Scholarship
  • 2008 - NSW Journalists’ Prize for Australian Literature (University of Sydney)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Australian Postgraduate Award

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Claire Hansen from 2013 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Self-help as Literature: Literature as Self-help (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A Call to Art: Expressing the affective power of Art in times of emergency through historical, literary experience. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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