> Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN) Project

    CUDAN Open Lab / Tallinn University / Estonia

    Senior Research Fellow / 2020–Present 

The CUDAN project aims at building a new analytical approach, called “Cultural Data Analytics” that integrates quantitative and qualitative methods, including aspects of network science, complexity science, computational social science, science of science, machine learning, data science, design research, visualization, art history, cultural semiotics, digital culture studies, and creative industries’ studies to work with digitized cultural heritage as well as with born-digital data acquired from contemporary platforms. CUDAN Open Lab is a cooperation platform designed to work with multiple external partners, both public and private. Therein the aim is to collect, analyze and use digital cultural data and to develop relevant new analytic methods – all in order to better understand contemporary cultural dynamics and incorporate this understanding into public cultural service designs, and cultural and creative industries’ policymaking processes.


Members: Maximilian Schich, Indrek Ibrus, Marek Tamm, Kai Pata, Ksenia Muhkina, Mila Oiva, Andres Karjus, Yan Asadchy, Hanna Jemmer, Mar Canet Solà, Mark Mets, & Tillmann Ohm (Tallinn University, EE).


> The Kinomatics Project

    Project Team Member / 2014–Present 

The collaborative, interdisciplinary Kinomatics project is one of the first “big data” studies of contemporary global cultural diffusion. It collects, explores, analyses, and represents data about the creative industries with a focus on the spatial and temporal dimensions of international film flow. Through integrating different types of data (demographic data, social media data, technical infrastructure data, economic and financial data, and climatic data), this project explores the value of an “expanded” approach to cultural data. One of the innovative methodologies that the Kinomatics team adapted to cultural data is Social Network Analysis (SNA), which was used to examine the gender composition of creative teams working in cultural industries like cinema or theatre.

Members: ​Deb Verhoeven (University of Alberta, CAN), Colin Arrowsmith (Flinders University, AUS), Bronwyn Coate & Sarah Taylor (RMIT University, AUS), Skadi Loist (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, DEU), Elizabeth Prommer (Universität Rostock, DEU), Paul S. Moore (Ryerson University, CAN), Katarzyna Musial-Gabrys (University of Technology Sydney, AUS), Ben Eltham (Monash University, AUS), Amanda Coles, Alwyn Davidson, & Stuart Palmer (Deakin University, AUS).


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> Gender Inequality in Global Screen Industries Consortium (ISICon)

    Project Team Member / 2016–Present 


The international ISICon project is one of the first multilateral studies of the position of women in film industries across the globe. It aims to understand the preconditions that will result in more inclusive screen-based industries for those who make the content and consume it. The project brings together local and regional data and tackles methodological challenges for assessing local differences and global similarities in data-driven studies. Interdisciplinary, mixed-methods analytical approaches are used to reveal the significance of spatial and network relationships and their interactivity with geographic, social, and economic factors.

Members: Deb Verhoeven (University of Alberta, CAN), Skadi Loist (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, DEU), Elizabeth Prommer & Christine Linke (Universität Rostock, DEU), Amanda Coles (Deakin University, AUS), & Bronwyn Coate (RMIT University, AUS).

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> The Artists and Entrepreneurs Project

    Behavioural Business Lab / RMIT University / Australia

    Project Team Member / 2019–Present


This project uses methods from behavioural economics to profile artists and entrepreneurs both relative to each other and to professional workers. Economic experiments involving over 200 participants were conducted to investigate characteristics such as risk, creativity, and responsiveness to intrinsic motivation.

Members: Pia Arenius, Robert Hoffmann, & Bronwyn Coate (RMIT University, AUS), & Swee Hoon Chuah (University of Tasmania, AUS).​

> Discovery Project: Only at the Movies? Mapping the Contemporary Australian Cinema Market

    School of Communication and Creative Arts / Deakin University / Australia

    PhD Student / 2014–2019

This project considers the enduring appeal of cinemagoing and how it is changing. It provides detailed analyses of formal film exhibition and distribution in Australia by combining economic, cultural, and geospatial research with industry expertise.

Members: Deb Verhoeven (University of Alberta, CAN), Richard Maltby & Colin Arrowsmith (Flinders University, AUS), Kate Bowles (University of Wollongong, AUS), & Bronwyn Coate (RMIT University, AUS).

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Research Skills:

Quantitative methods

Big data

Data analysis

Data visualization

Network analysis

Geo-spatial analysis

Web scraping

Data clean-up

Data alignment

Database construction

Data retrieval

Multiple regression

Non-parametric analyses

Behavioral experiments

Graphic design

Web design

Research Tools:














Wolfram Mathematica



ACEI: Association for Cultural Economics International

NECS: European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

HoMER: History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception Network

NetSci: Network Science Society

aaDH: Australasian Association for Digital Humanities

SSAAANZ: Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand