Emma Phillips

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sexuality, feminism, visual studies, photography, class, sport and culture


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Emma Phillips is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communication with the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra.

Her PhD focused on the aesthetic components of the sexualisation debates and the ways that image-making might be informed by classist, sexist and gendered assumptions about women’s sexuality. Emma has fourteen years experience as a professional photographer in Australian media and advertising and ten years experience teaching in communications and photography programs across Sydney and Melbourne. Her work merges her industry skills with traditional research to create unique, practice-based methodologies. She is passionate about collaboration and the elevation of marginalised voices.

Emma is interested in the representational politics of women's sport, issues of power and class in visual culture, beauty and objectification discourses and the interplay between women's sexualities and feminism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Aesthetics of Sexualisation, A study of gendered and classed discourses through the co-creation of representations of sexy selfie takers , University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 13 Apr 2022

Bachelor, Bachelor of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2016


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