Dr Luke Heemsbergen



Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Luke's research and teaching lights fires and builds bridges between digital communication practices and everyday political and professional life. His core research engages shifts to socio-political visibility afforded by digital communications that open and radically decentralise communication practices. 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 interfaces of digital media, technology, and the political.

Units taught

ACC100, ACC302, ALC702, ALR718, ALC703


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 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 GDPN, 


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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


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


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


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

Luke Heemsbergen

(2018), Secret Killers ?After WikiLeaks?: Mapping, evolutions, and taxonomy of radical leaking, 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


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

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

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

  • 2020: $1,909


No completed student supervisions to report