Research

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

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>Gender Inequality in Global Screen Industries Project (ISICon)

Project Team Member: 2016–Present 

 

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

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>The Artists and Entrepreneurs Project

RMIT University – Behavioural Business Lab 

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: Prof Pia Arenius, Prof Robert Hoffmann, and Dr Bronwyn Coate (RMIT University, AUS), Prof Swee Hoon Chuah (University of Tasmania, AUS).

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

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: Prof Deb Verhoeven (University of Alberta, CAN), Prof Richard Maltby and A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith (Flinders University, AUS), Dr Kate Bowles (University of Wollongong, AUS), Dr 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:

Tableau

Gephi

CARTO

SPSS

Stata

 OpenRefine

Python

MySQL

Navicat

NVivo

Cinemetrics

Qualtrics

Netlytic

Wolfram Mathematica

Photoshop

Memberships:

aaDH: Australasian Association for Digital Humanities

ACEI: Association for Cultural Economics International

NECS: European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

HoMER: History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception Network

SSAAANZ: Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

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