Dr Luke Heemsbergen



Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Luke’s research and teaching light fires and build bridges at the intersection of digital communication and political life. His core research stream engages how radical decentralisations of communication technologies and practices afford shifts in society. This includes considering new formations and functions of publics through radical transparency, the social-political implications of distributed 3D printing, and the study of visibility through media such as Augmented Reality.

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Research interests

Luke is happy to supervise projects that somehow consider the blurring of physical and digital life (including 3D printing and AR), the implications of decentralising creativity and control through digital means, or how visibility is managed in the digital age to produce new forms of power. He's also interested in regulatory issues surrounding 3D printing in medical practice and critical appraisals of blockchain's emancipatory rhetoric.

Units taught

ACC100 & ALC702


Transparency, New Media, Internet, Governance, 3D Printing, WikiLeaks, Social Media,
  • 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 articles and comemtnary 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

Member ADI, Member GDPI, 


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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


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


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


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

L Heemsbergen, L Heemsbergen, A Daly, A Daly

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

OnTrac at Peter Mac - Educational Modules

Dr Greg Bowtell, Dr Jordan Vincent, Dr Luke Heemsbergen

  • 2019: $52,500


No completed student supervisions to report