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Deb Verhoeven

University of Technology Sydney
Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta
Deb Verhoeven (@bestqualitycrab) is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Prior to taking up a position in Canada she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

An agitator, commentator and critic, Verhoeven was recognised in 2013 as Australia’s most innovative academic. Verhoeven is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities. Her recent research has addressed the vast amounts of newly available ‘cultural data’ that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities.

Deb is Director of the Kinomatics Project, an interdisciplinary study that collects, explores, analyses and represents data about the creative industries. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of online research resources such as the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI); WIDGET (the Workplace Inclusion Diversity and Gender Equity Tool), the Cinema and Audiences Research Project (CAARP) database and The Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) an online archive of live music information. She served as inaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2008-2011) and as CEO of the Australian Film Institute (2000-2002).