Kate Thompson is the Associate Professor of Digital Pedagogies in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology. She is the leader of the Digital Learning for Change (DL4C) Research Group and the Research Engagement Leader for the Visualisation and Interactive Solutions for Engagement and Research (VISER) team. She is one of the lead editors of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, and in 2021 she became the inaugural Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Digital Resident.
Kate has more than fifteen years of research experience at universities in Sydney and Brisbane. During that time, she has demonstrated leadership of, and participation within, research grants totalling approximately $7 million including local and international projects, research for government and industry bodies, as well as the establishment of research infrastructure at several institutions. With a background as an environmental scientist, her PhD explored the different ways in which school students learn about complex socio-environmental systems using simulation models. The current focus of Kate’s research is the design of opportunities for learning at the intersection of digital and physical learning environments. Digital pedagogies, understanding complex socio-environmental systems, collaborative learning, and the development of innovative methods to inform design for learning in complex learning environments are important themes in her research.