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Dr Vahri McKenzie

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7809, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU5.137
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7809
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.137  


Vahri is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University's South West Campus.

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2016 - ECU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

  • Practice-led research, writing
  • Practice-led research, contemporary performing arts
  • Creative arts research methodologies
  • Creative arts research pedagogy


  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2008.
  • BAHons (Bachelor of Arts Honours), The University of Western Australia, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Only the Envelope: An artistic exercise in data retention investigates our complicity in sharing personal information in the public sphere,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $4,555.
  • Case Studies and Vignettes: A social work - arts collaboration,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,470.
  • The Other Writing Group,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $3,644.
  • Moving Knowledge: using memory and music to investigate choreographic processes,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $5,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • McKenzie, V., (2012), Using the Spectrum to Theorise Apparent Opposition in Creative Writing Doctorates. The Creativity Market: Creative Writing in the 21st Century, 148-162, United Kingdom.

Journal Articles

  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for creative artists. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 6(2), 159-173, Bristol, UK, DOI: 10.1386/jdsp.6.2.159_1.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Extending Underscore Alchemy. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, December(39), 35-42, Braddon, ACT.

Conference Publications

  • McKenzie, V., (2016), Entering the Regional Scene with a Contemporary Lysistrata. Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Drama Theatre & Performance Studies, 1(June 21-24 2016), 57-67.

Creative Works

  • McKenzie, V., (2015), Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for Creative Artists. Contact Improvisation Newsletter, Northhampton, MA, USA.
  • McKenzie, V., Pilla, S., (2015), Nurture. Artists at the Helm, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Freedom in surrender. dancewest, September 2014, Perth, Australia.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Against the grain. Gargouille, Melbourne, Australia.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), A visceral kind of understanding. dancewest, Perth, Australia.
  • McKenzie, V., (2013), Philogyny #2. Poetry d'Amour 2014: Love poems, Inglewood, WA.
  • McKenzie, V., (2013), I Shine, Not Burn. Knitting and other stories, Witchcliffe, WA.
  • McKenzie, V., (2012), Fool Asleep. Fringe World Festival 2012, The Treasury Mess Hall.
  • McKenzie, V., Lehrer, J., Ben-Ary, G., McKee, A., (2014), Telephone. inConversation, Spectrum Project Space.
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