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Dr Luke Heemsbergen



Senior Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Luke's research and teaching light fires and build bridges between digital communication and political life making new relations and power structures visible and knowable. His work draws from Communication and Science and Technology Studies to engage the social study of diverse technological subjects (e.g. WikiLeaks, 3D printing, Augmented Reality) with diverse national and international partners. Luke is interested in PhD candidates that define new media in the widest terms and consider how these media come to shape our world.

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Research interests

Luke is excited to supervise projects that include but are not limited to considering how physical and digital environments engage each other in sociotechnical systems like Augmented and Mixed Reality Media or 3D printed futures, as well as considering the implications of decentralising creativity and control through digtial means - including via the democratisation of generative AI/creativity. These interests reflect how visibility is managed in the digital to produce new forms of power, rhetoric, and governmentality for our everyday life; reflect on regulatory issues surrounding the above; and offer critical appraisals of disruptive digital media technologies and their politics.

Units taught

Current: ALC702, ALC703, ALR718. Past: ACC100

Media appearances

Luke's research and commentary have been called on in a range of media, including The New York Times, the ABC (TV), Wired, Nine, Australian Financial Review, News Corp, as well as in syndication via The Conversation.

Research groups

Co-convener, Critical Digitial Interfaces and Infrastrucutres.
Co-Lead Immersive Realities Theme, Deakin Motion Lab.
Member, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.


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The Electrified Social and Its Dark Alternatives: Policing and Politics in the Computational Age

Alexia Maddox, Luke Heemsbergen

(2023), pp. 32-45, The Dark Social, B1

book chapter

The Ambivalent Governance of Platformed Chinese Feminism Under Censorship: Weibo, Xianzi, and Her Friends

Yijia Gu, Luke Heemsbergen

(2023), Vol. 17, pp. 3822-3843, International journal of communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Physical digitality: Making reality visible through multimodal digital affordances for human perception

Luke Heemsbergen, Gregory Bowtell, Jordan Vincent

(2022), pp. 187-204, Materializing Digital Futures: Touch, Movement, Sound and Vision, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Distributing Journalism : Digital Disclosure, Secrecy, and Crypto-Cultures

Luke Heemsbergen, Alexia Maddox

(2022), pp. 1-29, Privacy : Algorithms and Society, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Introduction to algorithmic antagonisms: Resistance, reconfiguration, and renaissance for computational life

Luke Heemsbergen, Emiliano Treré, Gabriel Pereira

(2022), Vol. 183, pp. 3-15, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Studying WeChat Official Accounts with novel 'backend-in' and 'traceback' methods: Walking through platforms back-to-front and past-to-present

F Yang, L Heemsbergen, P Marshall

(2022), Vol. 184, pp. 63-78, Media International Australia, London, England, C1

journal article

Making Climate Change Tangible in Augmented Reality Media: Hello My Black Balloon

Luke Heemsbergen, Greg Bowtell, Jordan Vincent

(2022), pp. 1-7, Environmental Communication: a journal of nature and culture, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Radical transparency and digital democracy: Wikileaks and beyond

Luke Heemsbergen

(2021), Bingley, Eng., A1


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, L Heemsbergen, R Fordyce

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

journal article

Conceptualising Augmented Reality: From virtual divides to mediated dynamics

L Heemsbergen, G Bowtell, J Vincent

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 830-846, Convergence, C1

journal article

Digging in Crypto-Communities' Future-Making: From Dark to Doge

Alexia Maddox, Luke Heemsbergen

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 1-9, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

The electrified social and its dark alternatives: policing and politics in the computational age

A Maddox, L Heemsbergen

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 692-705, Continuum, C1

journal article

Transport Emissions: An Augmented Reality with City of Melbourne

Greg Bowtell, Jordan Vincent, Luke Heemsbergen

(2021), Knowledge Week Hub, Meat Market, North Melbourne Town Hall, JO1

Non-Traditional Research Output

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, Futures, C1

journal article

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

L Heemsbergen, A Molnar

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 1-19, Internet Policy Review, 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. 144-158, 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 and Society, 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


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

3D Printing rights & responsibilities: Consumer perceptions & realities

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

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

3D printing: civic practices and regulatory challenges

Luke Heemsbergen, Robbie Fordyce, Tom Apperley, Mike Arnold, Thomas Birtchnell, Bjorn Nansen

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

Social Practices of 3D Printing: Decentralising Control, and Reconfiguring Regulation

Luke Heemsbergen, Robbie Fordyce, Bjorn Nansen, Thomas Apperley, Mike Arnold, Thomas Birtchnell

(), Vol. 4, pp. 110-125, Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

OnTrac at Peter Mac - Educational Modules

Prof Vicki White, Prof Trish Livingston, Dr Luke Heemsbergen, Dr Greg Bowtell, Dr Jordan Vincent

Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

  • 2021: $12,650
  • 2020: $52,500
  • 2019: $52,500

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

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

City of Melbourne Grant - Research

  • 2020: $6,363

Assessment of OCP material accessibility and suitability for clinicians.

Prof Vicki White, Prof Trish Livingston, Dr Luke Heemsbergen, A/Prof Anna Ugalde, Dr Jordan Vincent, Dr Greg Bowtell

Department of Health

  • 2022: $138,500
  • 2021: $148,500

Development of an interactive, digital WHS communication training tool for supervisors and apprentices.

Prof Stefan Greuter, Mr Simeon Taylor, Dr Luke Heemsbergen

Insurance and Care NSW (ICARE)

  • 2022: $104,000


Principal Supervisor

Fan Yang

Thesis entitled: News Manufactories on WeChat: The Word Business, Censorship, and Pseudo-Journalism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor

Danielle McCarthy

Thesis entitled: Folding Into AI: An Ethical Relationship with Technology Through the Arts

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts


Neil Henderson

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

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts