Law, Humanities and The Arts


Lucas Ihlein

Current Positions:

ARC DECRA Research Fellow


Lucas Ihlein is an artist and ARC DECRA Research Fellow in Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. His research uses socially-engaged art to explore cultural innovations in farming, principally in the sugar cane industry in Central Queensland. Lucas is a founding member of Kandos School of Cultural Adapation (KSCA), which in November 2016 hosted Futurelands2, a public forum in rural NSW about transformations in human relationships to land.

Research Interests:

Socially Engaged Art, Environmental Management, Blogging, Collaboration in Art, Organisational Change, Relationality in Contemporary Art, Printmaking.

Professional Activities:

Member, Big Fag Press printing collective; Member, SquatSpace Artist Group; Member, Teaching and Learning Cinema.


Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, 2012
Alfred Deakin Medal for Best Doctoral Thesis in Humanities, Deakin University, 2011.

Research Students

  • Kim Williams : Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment
  • Roselle Pineda : Blossoms from the death of the last summer¬ís bloom: Exploring the role of conflict and care in collaborative art practices in and with communities
  • Scott Chaseling : Between: An Investigation Into Aesthetic Possibilities of Recording Liminality Within Unfamiliar Environments.