Dr Peta Freestone

Hello!

I’m a multi-award winning author, editor, researcher and educator.

For the past decade, I’ve worked in writer and researcher development in Australia, Asia and Europe, spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and STEM. My multidisciplinary academic background and creative work as an internationally published author provide me with a unique and versatile skill set, including the ability to engage a variety of specialist and generalist audiences.

I hold degrees spanning a broad range of humanities and social sciences disciplines, culminating in a multidisciplinary PhD analysing biomedical research fields. During my doctoral candidature, I was a Commonwealth Scholar at The University of Edinburgh, working across the Centre of African Studies and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation. My research focused on the sociopolitical aspects of science and innovation, particularly at the intersection of vaccine development and global health.

After several years working in senior program roles in postgraduate and early career researcher development at the University of Melbourne (and receiving the Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs with fellow educators Dr Katherine Firth and Dr Liam Connell), I returned to Edinburgh. Initially, I managed the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, where in 2016 I won the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science’s award for the Most Effective University Community Building Initiative as the founding editor of the Dangeorus Women Project. The Project was also named in The List‘s annual Top 100 cultural initiatives in Scotland. That same year, I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and moved into writing and independent consulting full time.

As an author, my work has been published in print and online, including novels published in eight languages, and short stories in anthologies from Penguin. My creative practice equips me with a multifaceted understanding of ‘making words happen’, and I bring this appreciation to my workshops, courses and mentoring to help others make their own words happen!

Please get in touch if you’d like to work with me.

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