SWISP is an interdisciplinary research lab and speculative thinking consultancy based in Narrm, Melbourne.

SWISP (Speculative Wanderings in Space and Place) is a community of interdisciplinary practitioners working in the fields of speculative a/r/tography, pluricreativities, digital childhoods, digital methods, digital education, and digital scholarships in the humanities, arts and social sciences. 

SWISP (Speculative Wanderings in Space and Place) is a community of interdisciplinary practitioners based in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) working in the fields of speculative a/r/tography, digital creativities, digital childhoods, digital methods, digital education, and digital scholarships in the humanities, arts and social sciences. 

SWISP seeks to speculate as a/r/tographers about reparative futures in the midst of climate collapse. We entangle our research pathways in this collective to pose questions, break, disrupt and wander with/in multigenerational connected communities. Our work seeks to move in and out, over and under, through and within spaces and places while knitting together disparate cites/sites/sights in a metagalaxy of ideas, wonderings and speculations. ORCID LinkedIn

Who is SWISP?


Associate Professor Kate Coleman

Dr Sarah Healy 

Kate is co-lead of SWISP with Dr Sarah Healy and CI on ‘The Learning with the Land’, SSHRC project in the Faculty of Education. Her pluridisciplinary research and teaching are positioned in the intersection of art, design, digital, practice, culture, and data. Kate’s research into practice includes digital practices and immersive data sites, creativities, speculative inquiry, and data creation with young people living in the midst of climate collapse. ORCID

Sarah is co-lead of SWISP with Dr Kate Coleman. She is an inaugural Melbourne Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne. Best known for her contributions to the fields of critical affect studies, digital methods and the posthumanities, Sarah’s interdisciplinary program of research involves research collaborations with academics, artists, practitioners and educators from around the world. ORCID

5 minute video of Kate and Sarah presenting SWISP Lab and signature project, Hacking the Anthropocene, November 25th 2023. Also available with transcript on Figshare https://doi.org/10.26188/24978459


The social practice component of SWISP Lab’s program of research is made possible through international partnerships. A key collaborator is the Science Gallery International Network. Science Gallery Bengaluru is a major contributor to this collaboration. An aim of SWISP Lab is to form connections with organisations in India that share Science Gallery Bengaluru’s mission and values and would like to explore how an international partnership with an Australia research team could be beneficial. The following 38 minute video, “International partnerships in Anthropogenic times: Engaging in creative inquiry” features critical reflections on the complexities of India-Australia partnerships by SWISP Lab, Science Gallery Bengaluru and the Council for Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).

38 min video


Science Gallery Network | The Science Gallery Network consists of leading universities united around a singular mission: to ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide. The galleries of the Science Gallery Network are committed to bringing science, art, technology and design together to deliver world-class educational and cultural experiences for young people.

Associate Professor Eri Saikawa Emory Climate Talks | ORCID | Eri conducts interdisciplinary research on the environment. Eri has worked on diverse projects that cover: 1) atmospheric chemistry (modelling aerosols and tropospheric ozone); 2) environmental health (assessing the adverse health impacts of air pollution); 3) biogeochemistry (modelling global soil nitrous oxide emissions); 4) climate science (estimating emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases), and 5) environmental policy/politics (analyzing the impacts of environmental standards and trade as well as analysing policymaking processes).

Council on Energy, Environment and Water | CEEW is one of Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. CEEW uses data, integrated analysis, and strategic outreach to explain – and change – the use, reuse, and misuse of resources.

Global Childhoods Research Hub | Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne | The GCRH position’s children’s lives, worldviews and futures at its core. It connects childhood research and teaching in a clear and cohesive manner, bringing projects from leading academics, early career-researchers, research fellows and doctoral students together around interdisciplinary themes and research problems; including those related to equity, social justice and disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, contemporary learning ecologies, multimodal lives, education systems and children as activists. The focus of Global Childhoods Research Hub is on the lives and experiences of children from birth to 18 years of age across the world.

Climate, Art and Digital Activism Mozilla Hubs, 2022

What does a (s)wisp do in Minecraft? A wisp, when found, circles around a wall with a interactable brick. It disappears quickly after touching the hero. When clicked, the wall opens up and reveals a hidden room that occasionally contains six emerald pots, a common chest, or an obsidian chest.

SWISP acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the stolen land on which we practice, research, teach and learn. We offer respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders, past and present. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connections to land, sea, sky and community. 
What Country are you on? Native Digital Land might help you locate it.