Tracey Benson holds a PhD in New Media Arts and Technology from the Australian National University and runs bytetime, a small company specialising in arts education, cross-media production, strategic communications, online solutions and community engagement.
She has been working with the web and screen based media since 1996, starting with digital arts, then moving to lecturing in web design, digital video, graphic design, interactive design and digital media theory. More recent teaching at university includes media cultures and cross-media production. Since 2004, Tracey has been working primarily in government as a communications, web, IT project and program manager. Program management experience has focused on the environment and sustainable behaviour change programs.
Tracey often collaborates with cultural owners and guides: working with Indigenous communities, scientists, historians, artists and technologists. Community and audience engagement are key areas of focus and this is echoed in her work with government on sustainability behaviour change programs and in the university sector.
She is focused on building networks between core organisations to develop programs focused on environment, cultural identity, art, technology and place. This interest is articulated through the TransArts Alliance. Tracey has had leadership roles in a number of community-based organisations: a founder of Women and Arts (WandA), a moderator on the online community -empyre-, co-founder of Dorkbot CBR, a Board Director of Ethos Global Foundation and a Trustee of the Intercreate Trust based in New Zealand.
Tracey is an Adjunct Professional Associate at the Institute of Applied Ecology at University of Canberra. She is currently working with Yorta Yorta researcher, Lee Joachim on an intergenerational knowledge sharing project, Way of the Turtle.
Travel is one of her great passions and Tracey writes about her travel adventures at www.geokult-travel.com