As Associate Dean (Research), Professor Tompkins plays a key role in the academic leadership of the Faculty, with a particular focus on research, working closely with Heads of Schools, Directors of Research, Faculty Research Centres and ISSR. The main objectives of the role are to assist in the facilitation and promotion of the development of strategic direction of research within the Faculty; improvements in the quality and impact of that research and the growth of local, national and international research collaborations.
Professor Joanne Tompkins’ research interests include spatial theories and virtual reality; post-colonial, intercultural, and multicultural drama, literature, and theory; performance theories; and feminist performance.
Professor Tompkins' current research includes 3D visualisation and modelling of theatre spaces; the spatial theory of heterotopia; space in Australian and Canadian theatre; database of Australian performance; multicultural theories and drama, and intercultural performance.
She is the author of articles on: Spatial theory and virtual reality; post-colonial, multicultural, and intercultural drama and theory; Australian drama and literature and Canadian drama; and author of: Unsettling Space: Contestations in Contemporary Australian Theatre. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006; and co-author of: Post-colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics, Routledge, 1996 (with Helen Gilbert); Women's Intercultural Performance, Routledge, 2000 (with Julie Holledge);
She is editor of: "Space and the Geographics of Theatre," a special issue of Modern Drama, 2004; "Theatre and the Canadian Imaginary," a special issue of Australasian Drama Studies, 1996; and co-editor of: Theatre Journal; Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (with Anna Birch); Site-Specificity and Mobility, a Special Issue of Contemporary Theatre Review 2012 (with Anna Birch); Performance and Design, a special issue of Australasian Drama Sudies (with Andrew Filmer and Miranda Heckenberg) 2012; Modern Drama: Defining the Field, University of Toronto Press, 2003 (with Ric Knowles and WB Worthen); Modern Drama 1999-2005; Performing Women / Performing Feminisms: Interviews with International Women Playwrights (with Julie Holledge).