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About Stephanie Donald

Stephanie (Stephi) Hemelryk Donald is Distinguished Professor of Film in the College of Arts. She leads research and impact activities in the Centre for Culture and Creativity. Her research and supervision covers comparative studies in world cinema and art history in European and Asian contexts, children’s media, migration, place-branding and film, and contemporary visual arts and art history in China. She has served as Chair of the Australian Research Council HCA (Humanities and Creative Arts) panel, and she also served on the 2012 HCA ERA (Excellence in Research) panel in Australia. She was Deputy Convenor of Humanities for the Hong Kong RAE Committee in 2014, and remains a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts (UK), and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences. She has been Visiting Professor at the Institute for Communication at the University of Leeds (2013), at UvA, Amsterdam (2011), and Kings College London (2008). She served as Academic Lead for Refugees and Migrants at the University of New South Wales (2017-2018) and whilst there curated an event on debt and the modern refugee (screened on the worldwide Australia Channel, January 2018). She has contributed to the iCinema Research Centre for Interactive Cinema as a joint director and distinguished professor. Prior to commencing as an academic in Australia and the UK, she worked as an actor.

Department Responsibilities

At the Centre for Culture and Creativity in the College of Arts, and within the Lincoln School of Film and Media, I seek to create collaborative approaches to creative projects and research agendas. Ain my own work I am focussing on refugee film-making, children and migration, and immersive methodologies, while also pursuing the question of socialist feelings and emotions in the era of Xi Jinping Thought in China, PRC.

Subject Specialism

Comparative Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Chinese and Asian Studies; Children, Film and Media; Migration and Film.


  • Advanced Leadership Certificate — Australian Institute of Business, 2016
  • DPhil (PhD) Media Studies — University of Sussex, 1997
  • In-service teacher training (HE) — University of Sussex, 1995
  • MA European Politics and Culture — University of Southampton, 1992
  • Theatre Diploma (Acting) — Drama Studio, London, 1986
  • BA (Hons) Oriental Studies (Chinese) — University of Oxford, 1983


  • Honorary Distinguished Professor — iCinema Research Centre, UNSW,
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University of Leeds — Leverhulme Foundation,
  • Royal Netherlands Visiting Professor Award — KNAW Foundation and the ASSA,
  • Honorary Professor — University of Sydney,
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia — ASSA, Canberra,
  • President: Chinese Studies Association of Australia — Chinese Studies Australia Association,


Consultancies: Cinemedia (Melbourne) Curriculum Corporation - Victoria – Voices and Visions Curriculum Council of Western Australia Kingston University (School of Art) West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. I have also served as committee member for Faculty Reviews for Research Excellence in Creative Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (2016); and at Swinburne University (2011), and general reviews of research and teaching at University of Sydney (2008), University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts (COFA) (2008), University of Canberra (2007). Media outlets include: Radio 2UE ABC Australia Channel (Chinese language programming: Today’s Topics: March 2008, April 2008, and April 2009) ABC Melbourne (Drive) ABC Radio National (Asia Pacific, Life Matters, By design) ABC Triple J (Hack) Hong Kong ABC Radio Eye (7/8/2008) Connect Asia (29/07/08) Radio Q (Qantas) Shanghai Media Group Sunday Herald Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) on the Tibet Crisis (March 2008) Sydney Morning Herald The Australia Channel (Asia Pacific) The South China Morning Post The Straits Times (2008 June and September).

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Research Interests

  • Film Studies

  • Media Studies

  • Chinese Studies

  • Children and Film

  • Childhood and Migration

  • Place-Branding

  • Comparative Cultural Studies

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Royal Society of Arts — Life Fellow
  • Academy of Social Sciences, Australia — Fellow


Master of Creative Enterprise (University of Reading external examiner 2015-2018); Jury, Chinese Narrative film, 1st Global University Film Awards, Hong Kong 2018; Jury, Norwegian peace Film Prize, TIFF, Tromsø 2018;