Emma Duester

SCD Emma Duester
School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Professional Communication
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Hanoi
Email: emma.duester@rmit.edu.vn
Phone: +44 752 7750 906

Emma joined RMIT Vietnam is 2019 and is currently teaching contextual courses in the School of Communication and Design. Emma is also leading a research team exploring the digitization of the art and culture sector in Hanoi, Vietnam. Emma received a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2017. She is the author of 'The Politics of Migration and Mobility in the Art World: Transnational Baltic Artistic Practices Across Europe', published by Intellect in 2021. She has also been Associate Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, the University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • PhD Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 2017
  • MA Transnational Communications and Global Media, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 2011
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 2016
  • BA (Hons) Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2009



Currently, Emma’s teaching areas include:

  • New Media, New Asia
  • Mass Media in Asia
  • Exploring Asian Popular Culture
  • Modern Asia

Previously, Emma has taught courses on: 

  • Advertising and Promotional Communication
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Media History and Politics
  • Audiences, Publics and Networks
  • Mass Media to Multimedia
  • Research Methods for Media and Communication

The creative industries, art and culture sector, digital technologies, transnational communication

  • 'The Politics of Migration and Mobility in the Art World: Transnational Baltic Artistic Practices across Europe', Intellect Books, 2021. 
  • ‘International Careers and Cross-border Exchanges: Transition or Continuity in the Baltic Art Worlds from 1960 until Present’ in International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. Intellect. Volume 12, Issue 2 Summer 2016. 
  • ‘Artists’ Cross-border Mobilities for Work: A New Way of Looking at Migration?’ in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. Double blind peer-reviewed. Intellect. Volume 6, Issue 2. Spring 2016. pp. 247-265
  • ‘Artwork on the Move and an Aesthetics of Home’ in The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Peer-reviewed. 2015. Volume 11, Issue 2. Common Ground Publishing. pp. 13-26.
  • ‘For Necessity of Pleasure? Towards a Geopolitics of Artists’ Mobilities’ in NASHS2015: New Approaches in Social and Humanistic Sciences, editors: Antonio Sandu, Ana Frunza, Gabriel Gorghiu & Emilian Ciongaru, published by Editografica, May 2016. Peer-reviewed. ISBN: 9788875877286
  • ‘Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula’ in Journal of Media Practice. Book Review. Routledge;Taylor & Francis. Peer-reviewed. 2015. Volume 16, Issue 3. pp. 281-281.
  • ‘Travelling Art Cultures: Transcultural Identities Illustrated by Baltic Artists’ in Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World. Peter Lang. 2015. pp. 185-197.
  • ‘Artist Mobility and the Baltic City: Revealing a Transnational Art World’ in Networking Knowledge, 2014, Volume 6 Number 4. Peer-reviewed. Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association.


  • ESRC Award for my Doctoral studies (2012-2016)
  • Internal Research Grant at RMIT as Early Career Researcher (2020-2021)


MA and BA Dissertation supervision at previous institutions

Internal Research Grant at RMIT 2020

  • September 2015 – July 2019 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Media, Culture, and Language, Roehampton University
  • January 2015 – September 2019  Associate Lecturer, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
  • September 2017 – March 2018  Module Leader, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • September 2015 – July 2018  Associate Lecturer, Department of Digital Technology and Computing, Greenwich School of Management
  • September 2013 – May 2016  Associate Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London