Academic Biographical Overview

Nikos Papastergiades has studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to the University of Melbourne he was a lecturer and the Simon Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. He is the director of the Research Unit in Public Culture at the University of Melbourne, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Member of Clare College Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at the University of Tasmania School of Art, Advisory Board Member to the University of South Australia School of Art and Architecture, and co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture.

With an H-index of 19, there is evidence that his research publications have achieved considerable impact. His work is consistently cited and acknowledged by academic peers such as Professor Ulrich Beck (LSE) and the Director of Development Policy Eimi Watanabe (UNDP). Nikos is the sole author 7 books and editor or co-editor of over 13 collections. His book The Turbulence of Migration has been reprinted 3 times and is one of the most highly cited books in the Arts Faculty at the UoM. His articles have been published in top ranking international cultural studies journals and a number of his essays have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Collectively, Nikos’ research has attracted over $3,380,119 in competitive Australian Research Council grants since 2004. Nikos is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project: Art precincts and cultural participation in networked public space, and a chief investigator on LEIF project, and have recently finalised research on another ARC Linkage Project which culminated with the 2016 publication of Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces, published by Hong Kong University Press.

Research Interests




Contemporary Art

Theories of Politics and Aesthetics

Public culture and Urbanism

Academic Qualifications

1991 Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Cambridge
1984 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Melbourne

Current and Previous Academic Appointments

2017 Director of Research Unit of Public Culture
2015-16 Executive Member of Research Unit of Public Culture
2012-15 Director of Research Unit of Public Culture
2009 Head of Media and Communications Program
2008 Deputy Head, School of Culture and Communication
2007 Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
2005 Willy Brandt Guest Professor, University of Malmo, Sweden
2004 Associate Professor and Reader & Acting Director, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne
2002 Senior Lecturer C, Deputy Director, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne
2001-02 Senior Lecturer C and Head, Centre for Ideas, VCA, University of Melbourne.
1999-02 Simon Fellow, Sociology Department, University of Manchester.
1998 Lecturer B, Department of Sociology, Culture & Communication, UNSW.
1992-97 Lecturer B, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester.
1985-87 Lecture A, Department of Political Science, The University of Melbourne.