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Caroline Austin is a future thinker, artist, designer and community engagement specialist. She has fifteen years of experience in the humanitarian sector and extensive experience in implementing and coordinating communication and engagement with communities’ programming. She develops experimental approaches to imagine new ideas, with the aim of addressing the challenges posed by complex, disruptive events. She has supported multiple strategic thinking forums, including future thinking around the development of a Communications Leadership Model for International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, in support of a Council of Delegates Resolution (, aimed at Strengthening Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Coordination and Cooperation. 

She is a Director of the Global Resilience Collaborative and a researcher, lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. She frequently consults and collaborates with resilience specialists, designers, social scientists, scientists, engineers, artists and industry leading dialogue on a wide range of issues. As a Director she leads future thinking on a wide range of issues related to resilience, including the "Re-imagining Resilience" initiative that has been designed to promote the future thinking and best practice in the emerging space of resilience. 

Caroline co-founded >3 (@greaterthan3), an experimental art and design initiative, focused on generating dialogue and bringing together practitioners from different fields to explore how trans-disciplinary creative strategies can be used to address wide-ranging issues related to complex, disruptive events through projects, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and participatory artworks. 

Caroline studied business, international humanitarian law, design and art at Melbourne University and the Queensland University of Technology. Her Masters by Practice at Queensland University of Technology uses design and art to explore the future impacts of technology on individuals.


2016                        Masters of Fine Arts (Practice Led Research)

Queensland University of Technology

2009                        Masters of Public and International Law

University of Melbourne

1999                        Bachelor of Laws and Business

Queensland University of Technology

1976                        Born, Brisbane, Australia


2016                        Absence ≡ Presence, QUT Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove.
2015                      Modes of Absence, Presence, Hotel Orient, Brisbane.

2015                        The New Book, H Block Gallery, QUT.
2013                        Personal Geographies, Attic Studio, Bangkok, Thailand.


2016                        Movement in Life, Anywhere Festival, Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank.


2015                        Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards 2015, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane. 

2011                        Young Outstanding Alumni, Queensland University of Technology for outstanding contribution to society.


Rees, J. 2016. Contemporary Art Awards: Finalist Exhibition 2015. 23 January-23 June 2016, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, Queensland.

Art Almanac, Contemporary Art Awards 2015, February 2016, pg 127

Deans Book, 2016, Outstanding Projects, Creative Industries.