Jenny Wilson is a Honorary Fellow with the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research interest centres on the relationship between the university, its management systems and the 'academic tribes ' which inhabit them. She has a particular focus on visual and performing arts disciplines and their position within the research management framework. Her PhD thesis: 'Artists in the University: Repositioning artistic research within the Australian university sector', undertaken through MCSHE and the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, represents the first comprehensive analysis of the relationship between artistic researchers and the university research framework.
She has held senior administrative management positions in Australian and UK universities since 1995. These include in strategic, business, corporate and research development management at Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Sheffield Hallam University and Birmingham City University, where she has typically been responsible for developing research and business strategies and external partnerships for new centres, institutes and funding streams. She current works at Queensland University of Technology as Competitive and Commercial Major Bids Developer for the Creative Industries Faculty and as Project Manager for the Faculty of Health.
Prior to emigrating to Australia, she held specific responsibility for liaison with the European Commission and in 1995, was one of only two UK higher education representatives invited as a consultant to the European Commission Green Paper on Innovation. In 2001, with Professor Ron Johnson, she was commissioned by the Australian Government and the European Commission to produce one of five papers that established the secretariat and operational budget for the Forum on European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST). Jenny has undertaken consultancies for the National Tertiary Education Union , the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council.
Her publications include:
Wilson, J. (2014). Artist-academic as doctoral student: Navigating different expectations, frameworks and identities. In L. Ravelli, B. Paltridge & S. Starfield (Eds.), Doctoral writing in the creative and performing arts: The researcher/practitioner nexus. London, UK: Libri House.
Wilson, J. (2015, under review) The hidden topography of Australia's arts nation: The contribution of universities to the artistic landscape. Australian Universities Review
Wilson, J. (2015, under review) The white cube in the black box: Assessing artistic research quality in multi-disciplinary academic panels. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.
Wilson, J. (2015, under review) Patron or regulator? The Australian university in the contemporary art world. Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management
Wilson, J.(2011). Creative arts research: A long path to acceptance. Australian Universities Review, 53(2). 68-76.
Conference papers and presentations
Wilson, J. (2014). Beyond equivalency: Repositioning artistic research within the University. In Proceedings of The Future of the discipline: Australian Council of university art and design schools annual conference, 2-3 October 2014. Melbourne: University of Melbourne
Wilson, J (2014). Artists in the University: Researchers at the Margins? QUT Faculty of Education Conference: Exchanging Insights from Education Research 10-11 October 2014. Brisbane
Maxwell, I, Holmes, J & Wilson J (2010). The big picture: Disciplinary standards and creative outcomes. (Invited Panel presentation) Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Annual Conference, 29 June – 2 July 2010 Australian National University, Canberra
Wilson, J. (2008). Artists in the University. Future-proofing the Creative Arts in Higher Education. Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Annual Conference 2008. Sites of Activity/ On the Edge. 1-3 October 2008. University of South Australia. Adelaide.
Draper, P. Hall, M. & Wilson, J (2005) Universities, Creativity and the Real World? Conference Proceedings of Speculation and Innovation – New Perspectives in Practice-led Research in the Arts, Media and Design, QUT Brisbane.
Wilson, J (2005). Challenges to Commercialising Creative Arts Outputs. Oiling the Wheels of Change. Australasian Research Managers Society Annual Conference. Canberra, ACT. September 2005.
Kelly, G & Wilson, J (1997). The Education Pathway. The European Union Future of Education Conference. University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy. 1997.