Thor Kerr is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University’s School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Western Australia. Dr Kerr’s research focuses on media and public representation in negotiations of urban space, particularly in relation to environmental issues, colonisation and Aboriginal heritage. His latest book, To the Beach, examines public controversy and policy making around ‘sustainable’ coastal property development. His previous (co-authored) book, Setting up the Nyoongar Tent Embassy: a Report on Perth Media, investigated the systemic shaping of popular news reports that criminalised Aboriginal activists.
Dr Kerr has made scholarly contributions to Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies and Borderlands e-journal. He is a member of the management group of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute of research at Curtin University and co-founder of FuturArc magazine. Before entering academia, Thor spent a decade directing the development of BCI Asia’s architectural media and information services from Singapore after working in journalism and publishing in Melbourne, Jakarta and The Hague.