“I walk along a narrow ledge
of sandstone at the water’s edge,
and thought like water takes its own
shape in the hollows of the mind.”
(Littoral – Gwen Harwood)

Initially an outlet for existential angst and carpal-tunnel syndrome, aerial acrobatics has become my favourite group activity. I am now a researcher by day and an acrobat whenever my bosses are not looking/ anyone else is. Inspired by combining my background in coral reef ecology and interest in creative research approaches, I recently completed my PhD about designing and developing interactive games for science communication in fisheries. I work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Regulatory Institutions Network at the ANU, on a project about how regulation can improve quality of life and citizen engagement in our democracy.

This site is started as a collection of vignettes about my experiences working in science communication and fisheries conservation. I wanted to document my unease and hopes about usefully working in the poorly-organised space between science, arts, sustainable development, games and governance. Wishes for Fishes, published by the Griffith Review, is a short piece explaining why I think games are important tools for creating a better world.

Now I use the site as a repository for my unscheduled rants about research, gender politics, environment and sustainability, and my arts practise.

Thanks for stopping by – Deb Cleland

Please get in touch via: Twitter | Academia.edu | Fenner School | RegNet

ART: My banner and feature photo were drawn by the sublimely talented Millie Rooney from Hobart, Tasmania. You can check out more of her stuff at Asparagus Revolution and follow her on twitter @delightntfright


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