Dr Emma Blomkamp is an Honorary Research Fellow. Emma's research and practice focuses on creative and participatory approaches to systems design and evaluation, especially through policies and services that aim to improve health and wellbeing.
Emma’s jointly awarded PhD from the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne explores the design, delivery and evaluation of arts and cultural programmes by city councils in Australia and New Zealand. Her doctoral research highlighted the opportunities and difficulties in using wellbeing measures to evaluate local cultural policy. She also holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Film Policy and studied Media and Cultural Management at Sciences-Po Paris.
Emma now works as Co-Design and Evaluation Lead for strategic design consultancy Paper Giant. She was Research Coordinator for The Policy Lab at The University of Melbourne from late 2016 to mid 2018, after several years' work in a social innovation agency, specialising in human-centred research and leading projects for public sector and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand. She also has experience in governance roles with cultural organisations and has taught at universities in Australia, New Zealand, France and Cambodia.
Emma co-edited the 2015 book Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement
(Palgrave Macmillan). Her research on co-design, cultural policy, local governance and evidence-based policy has been published in books and journals including Evidence & Policy
and the International Journal of Cultural Policy