Dr Luke Heemsbergen



Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Luke's research and teaching lights fires and builds bridges between digital communication practices and everyday private, professional, and civic life. His core research engages shifts to socio-political visibility afforded by digital communication technologies. This includes substantive focus on distributed transparency mechanisms and evolving interfaces of the digital-material world including 3D printing and Augmented Reality.

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Research interests

Luke is happy to supervise projects that inlude but are not limited to considering the blurring of physical and digital life through Augmented and Mixed Reality Media, 3D printing applications, and the implications of decentralising creativity and control through these digital means; how visibility is managed in the digital to produce new forms of power, rhetoric, and governmentality; regulatory issues surrounding the above, including 3D printing in medical practice, and critical appraisals of disruptive digital media, technology, and their politics.

Units taught

Current: ALC702, ALC703, ALR718. Past: ACC100


Augmented Reality, Digital Democracy, Internet, Governance, New Media, Privacy, Transparency, Social Media, WikiLeaks, 3D Printing
  • Apps
  • Communication
  • Consumer protection
  • Democracy
  • Information technology
  • International relations
  • Internet/world wide web
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Mediation
  • Policy
  • Politics
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance
  • Technology
  • Technology and justice
  • Terrorism
  • Virtual worlds/social networking

Media appearances

Luke's research and commentary have appeared in a range of media, including The New York Times, The Age, and The Australian, as well as in syndication from The Conversation.

Research groups

Co-convener, Global Digital Publics Network,
Co-Lead Immersive Realities Theme, Deakin Motion Lab,
Member Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation


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Comparative analysis of China's Health Code, Australia's COVIDSafe and New Zealand's COVID Tracer Surveillance Apps: a new corona of public health governmentality?

F Yang, Luke Heemsbergen, Robbie Fordyce

(2021), Vol. 178, pp. 182-197, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Conceptualising augmented reality: from virtual divides to mediated dynamics

L Heemsbergen, G Bowtell, J Vincent

(2021), pp. 1-17, Convergence, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Digital swadeshi and 3D printing intellectual property in India: The multi-level perspective, causal layered analysis and backcasting

T Birtchnell, A Daly, L Heemsbergen

(2020), Vol. 122, pp. 1-10, Futures, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

VPNs as boundary objects of the internet: (mis)trust in the translation(s)

Luke Heemsbergen, Adam Molnar

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 1-19, Internet Policy Review, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Another dimension of digital: 3D printing and intellectual property in Asia

Angela Daly, Jiajie Lu, Luke Heemsbergen

(2019), pp. 104-118, Digital transactions in Asia: economic, informational, and social exchanges, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Blockchained to what (end)? A socio-material provocation to check distributed futures

Luke Heemsbergen, Alexia Maddox, Robbie Fordyce

(2019), pp. 212-212, Blockchain and Web 3.0 : social, economic, and technological challenges, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Killing secrets from Panama to paradise: understanding the ICIJ through bifurcating communicative and political affordances

L Heemsbergen

(2019), Vol. 21, pp. 693-711, New media & society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

3D-printed futures of manufacturing, social change and technological innovation in China and Singapore: the ghost of a massless future?

L Heemsbergen, A Daly, J Lu, T Birtchnell

(2019), Vol. 24, pp. 254-270, Science, technology and society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Positioning innovation and governance for 3D printing in clinical care: an Australian case

Luke Heemsbergen, Robbie Fordyce

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 161-169, Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Secret Killers "After WikiLeaks": Mapping, evolutions, and taxonomy of radical leaking

Luke Heemsbergen

(2018), pp. 1-3, AoIR 2018 : Transnational Materialities : Selected Papers in Internet Research 2018. 19th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal, Canada, E1


Leaking boats and borders: the virtu of surveilling Australia's refugee population

L Heemsbergen, A Daly

(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 389-396, Surveillance and society, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Social practices of 3D printing: decentralising control, and reconfiguring regulation

L Heemsbergen, R Fordyce, B Nansen, T Apperley, M Arnold, T Birtchnell

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 110-125, Australian journal of telecommunications and the digital economy, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Things, tags, topics: thingiverse's object-centred network

R Fordyce, L Heemsbergen, T Apperley, M Arnold, T Birtchnell, M Luo, B Nansen

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 63-78, Communication research and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

From radical transparency to radical disclosure: reconfiguring (in)voluntary transparency through the management of visibilities

Luke Heemsbergen

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 138-151, International journal of communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

journal article

A collective case approach of theory building in media and politics: Towards understanding transparency and governmentality through design and affordance

Luke Heemsbergen

(2015), pp. 75-88, Researching for social change: ethics, methodologies & responsibility, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Designing hues of transparency and democracy after WikiLeaks: vigilance to vigilantes and back again

L Heemsbergen

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 1340-1357, New media & society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

3D printing and university makerspaces: surveying countercultural communities in institutional settings

Robbie Fordyce, Luke Heemsbergen, Paul Mignone, Bjorn Nansen

(2015), Vol. 7, pp. 192-205, Digital culture & education, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

The power of precision air strikes and social media feeds in the 2012 Israel-Hamas conflict: 'targeting transparency'

Luke Heemsbergen, Simon Lindgren

(2014), Vol. 68, pp. 569-591, Australian journal of international affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Radical transparency in journalism: digital evolutions from historical precedents

Luke Heemsbergen

(2013), Vol. 6, pp. 45-65, Global media journal - Canadian edition, Ottawa, Ont., C1

journal article

Whistleblowing and digital technologies: an interview with Suelette Dreyfus

Luke Heemsbergen

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 67-71, Platform: journal of media and communication, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

OnTrac at Peter Mac - Educational Modules

Dr Greg Bowtell, Dr Jordan Vincent, Dr Luke Heemsbergen

  • 2020: $52,500
  • 2019: $52,500

City of Melbourne - Visual representation of a tonne of CO2.

Dr Greg Bowtell, Dr Jordan Vincent, A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Luke Heemsbergen

  • 2020: $6,363


Associate Supervisor

Neil Henderson

Thesis entitled: Concerning: a Technique for Critique in a Digitally Mediated Civilisation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts