Dr Ruari Elkington

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation

Personal details


Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation


Film, Television and Digital Media

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BA (Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

Fellow, and an Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), Member and Dialogue facilitator, (2019 ~ Present). Pacific Connect helps to deliver the Australian Government’s agenda to step-up Australia’s Pacific engagement by building stronger relationships between people in Australia and the Pacific. I attended upon invitation the 2019 Samoa Creative Industries, Pacific Connect Network Dialogue alongside my ongoing facilitation of subsequent "virtual" Dialogues in 2020.

Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Peer-reviewed appointment to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network (Future of Information and Entertainment) building on my 2016 AMP “Tomorrow Maker” award and funding

National Executive Committee Membership (2019) to the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA), and institutional membership and ongoing student mentorship and screening facilitation for the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts (AACTA) /Australian Film Institute (AFI).


I am a nationally and internationally recognised leader in developing enterprise and entrepreneurial skills within Creative Industries students. Over the last five years, I have demonstrated faculty and community leadership in successfully embedding Indigenous Australian perspectives in my Bachelor of Creative Industries core unit teaching while ensuring improved cultural safety for our First Nations students. A personal commitment to QUT’s Blueprint 6 goal of Australian Indigenous engagement, success and empowerment continues to motivate me across all domains of my academic practice.

My leadership in teaching is informed by my social constructivist pedagogy, encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves with courage and conviction. I have developed and applied this pedagogy – recognised with an overall rating of “exceptional” in my 2017 ExPREP review – across multiple disciplinary domains (screen studies, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills development, Work Integrated Learning) and several QUT academic work areas (Academic Programs, Film, Screen and Animation, Work Integrated Learning). My teaching philosophy, rigorously developed through multiple HEA fellowships over eight years of teaching experience, believes in the power of an engaged, informed and articulate educator to lead and effect change.

My contributions to the quality of student learning and outcomes have been recognised and awarded at an institutional (Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence, Carumba Institute award and funding), national (Australian Awards for University Teaching 2019 Citation Nomination) and international levels (Triple-E Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year 2020).


Selected publications

QUT ePrints

To find publications by Ruari, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.