Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher of Canadian Métis-Scottish descent. Her 15-year practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centred around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness, speculative and indigenous futures predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community alliances - an area of expertise she hopes contribute to the IECA. Jen is a core artist of Arts House’s 5-year REFUGE project, whereby artists, emergency service providers and communities work together to rehearse climate-related emergencies and explore the impact of creativity in building preparedness.
Jen is the Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare and a board member of the Creative Recovery Network (AUS). She has lectured at the postgraduate level in socially-engaged art and performance at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.