Rimi Khan

SCD Rimi Khan
School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Professional Communication & Digital Film and Video
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Email: rimi.khan@rmit.edu.vn

Rimi’s academic research examines the connections between creativity, cultural economy and citizenship. Her most recent projects focus on creativity and global youth cultures, and ethical fashion economies in Asia. She is the author of Art in Community: the Provisional Citizen (2016, Palgrave). Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam she was a Senior Research Fellow at University of Melbourne where she worked on a number of projects with stakeholders from the creative industries and multicultural sector.

  • PhD, University of Melbourne (Cultural Studies), 2013
  • BA, Murdoch University (First Class Honours), 2002



Cinema Studies; Asian Cinema; Cultural Intelligence; Cultural Policy

Creative labour; ethical fashion; global youth cultures and cultural participation. 


  • Khan, R. (2016). Art in Community: The Provisional Citizen. London: Palgrave MacMillan 

Refereed journal articles: 

  • Khan, R. (forthcoming). ‘The global is a place: More-than-local networks and collective design communities at Aranya’. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
  • Khan, R. (2019). ‘“Be Creative” in Bangladesh? Mobility, Empowerment and Precarity in Ethical Fashion Enterprise’. Cultural Studies. Special Issue: Mobilities, Borders and Precarities in Asia’s New Millenium. 33(6), pp1029-1049. 
  • Thorner S., Edmonds F., Clarke M., Thorpe K., Khan R., Huebner S. (2019), ‘The Living Archive of Aboriginal Art: Maree Clarke and the Circulation of Photographs as Culture-Making’, Mapping Meaning Journal, 3, pp.39-63.
  • Khan, R., and Laurie, T. (2017). ‘The Concept of Minority for the Study of Culture’. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 31.1: 1-12.  
  • Khan, R. (2017). ‘Researchers, Bureaucrats and the Lifeworlds of Cultural Policy’. International Journal of Cultural Policy 23(3): 1-13. 
  • Khan, R. (2016). ‘Doing Good and Looking Good? Women in Fast Fashion Activism’. Women and Environments International 96-97: 7-9. 
  • Khan, R., and Yue., A. (2015). ‘From Everyday Life to Policy: Capturing the Complexities of Cultural Participation’. Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement. Eds. Lachlan. MacDowall, et al., London: Palgrave MacMillan.  
  • Khan, R., Wyatt., D and Yue., A. (2015). ‘Making and Remaking Multicultural Arts: Policy, Cultural Difference and the Discourse of Decline’. International Journal of Cultural Policy 21.2: 219-234.  
  • Khan, R. (2014). ‘New Communities, New Attachments: Planning for Diversity in Melbourne’s Outer-Suburbs’. Journal of Intercultural Studies 35.3: 295-309.  
  • Khan, R. (2013). ‘Rethinking Cultural Capital and Community-based Arts’. Journal of Sociology 49.2-3: 357-372. 
  • Khan, R. (2010). ‘Creating a Profile: Reworking ‘Community’ at Footscray Community Arts Centre’. Local Global Journal 7: 134-148.  
  • Khan, R. (2010). ‘Going “Mainstream”: Evaluating the Instrumentalisation of Multicultural Arts’. International Journal of Cultural Policy 16.2: 184-199.  
  • Khan, R. (2004). ‘Reading Cultural Studies Reading Foucault’. Postmodern Culture 15.1. 

Book chapters:

  • Khan, R., (Forthcoming). ‘The limits of aspirational diversity, or why we need to talk about race in the arts’. In The Australian Art Field: Frictions and Futures. Eds. Bennett, T., and Stevenson, D. Melbourne University Publishing.  
  • Khan, R., (2019). ‘The Multicultural Youth Australia Census as a lively method: reading migrant youth citizenship into survey data’. Complexities of Researching with Young People. Eds., Billett, P., Hart, M., and Martin, D. Routledge.  
  • Khan, R., (2018). ‘Mobile Belonging and Migrant Youth in Australia’. Youth, Inequality and Social Change in the Global South. Eds. Cuervo, H., and Miranda, A. Springer.  

Recent funded projects examine ethical fashion networks in Asia, Indigenous art-making as a ‘living archive’, and multicultural youth in Australia. 

  • 2019. Australian Research Council, Discovery Indigenous Grant. AUD $490, 000 - ‘Indigenous storytelling and the Living Archive of Aboriginal Art’.  (Co-investigators: Jeanine Leane, Fran Edmonds, Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall, Gavan McCarthy, Sabra Thorner). 
  • 2019. Melbourne Engagement Grant. AUD $19,734 - ‘Digital citizenship and creative leadership: building capacity among multicultural youth’. 
  • 2018. Melbourne Engagement Grants, University of Melbourne. AUD $20 000. ‘A digital art archive for Indigenous knowledge systems: Developing a plan for an interactive digital art archive for Aboriginal artists’.  (Co-investigators: Richard Chenhall, Fran Edmonds).   
  • 2016. Melbourne Social Equity Institute. AUD $21 992. ‘The Role of Ethical Fashion in Preventing Violence Against Women in Bangladesh’. 
  •  2016. Australian Research Council Linkage Project. AUD $287, 873 - ‘Defining the status of culturally and linguistically diverse young people’. (Co-investigators: Audrey Yue, Johanna Wyn, Gavan McCarthy)
  • 2015. Early Career Research Scheme, University of Melbourne. AUD $14 089.  ‘Fashion Activism: From Ethical Consumption to Ethical Citizenship’. 
  • 2015. Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. AUD $51 004.  ‘Cultural Pathways to Sustainability: Ecological Citizenship, Ethics of Transformation and Capacity-building’.  (Co-investigator, Prof. Audrey Yue) 

Industry engagements in the arts and cultural sector have included partnerships with VICE Media, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Centre for Multicultural Youth and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network.

Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam, Rimi was a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. She managed a number of major ARC research partnerships with arts and cultural organisations in the youth and media sectors.