Professor Kim Wilkins

Deputy Dean - Graduate School

Graduate School


School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Deputy Associate Dean (Research)

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52589


Kim Wilkins is a recognised expert on creative practice, popular literature, and the publishing industry. She is the author of more than 30 full-length works of fiction, and her work is translated into more than 20 languages globally. Her scholarly research centres on creative communities, such as writing groups and fan cultures. She is most recently the author of Genre Worlds: Popular Fiction and 21st-Century Book Culture (with Beth Driscoll and Lisa Fletcher), which outlines a new theory for understanding popular fiction through its related industrial, social, and textual pleasures and processes.

Kim is also passionate about interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and methodologies, and is currently undertaking funded research on technology foresight with Dr Helen Marshall for the Commonwealth Department of Defence. She leads creativity workshops for academics in other disciplines, to help them imagine different perspectives on research problems and their stakeholders, and has worked on teams researching digital health, defence innovation, and zero net emissions in agriculture. Since 2019, she has served a leadership role as Deputy ADR in the Faculty of HASS, with a special interest in research training and HDR strategy.

Research Interests

  • Creative practice
  • Popular fiction
  • Publishing and book culture
  • Storytelling, creativity, and the imaginaton


  • Master of Research, The University of Queensland
  • PhD (Creative Writing), The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts Creative Writing, The University of Queensland
  • BA (Hons), The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wilkins, Kim (2012). 'Words of art': magic and language in early modern England. The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia, 2-5 July 2012. Toowoomba, Qld, Australia: University of Southern Queensland.

Other Outputs

  • Anderton, Joanne, Marshall, Helen and Wilkins, Kim (2023). What IF Consortium reports: envision, engage, empathise, inhabit. Brisbane, QLD Australia:

  • Marshall, Helen, Wilkins, Kim, Bennett, Lisa, Anderton, Joanne and Ivanova, Ksenia (2023). Project Ursula speculative fiction techniques for technology foresight: facilitator handbook. Brisbane, QLD Australia: What If Lab; The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/c6a0989

  • Marshall, Helen , Wilkins, Kim , Bennett, Lisa and Anderton, Joanne (2023). The Ursula Project: Conceptual Framework. Brisbane, Australia: The What If Lab, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/9a5e903

  • Anderton, Joanne, Ivanova, Ksenia, Marshall, Helen, Wilkins, Kim, Bennett, Lisa and Scott, Haley (2023). Web 3.0 technology impacts and future scenarios. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Human and Decision Sciences Division, Defence Science Technology Group.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2019). Queens of the sea. Sydney, Australia: HarperCollins.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2017). Odin's girl. Hornsea, United Kingdom: PS Publishing.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (2017). Stars across the ocean. Sydney, Australia: Hachette Australia.

  • Forsyth, Kate and Wilkins, Kim (2017). The silver well. Perth, Australia: Ticonderoga Publications.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (2016). The engagement party. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Hachette Livre Australia.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2016). In Hornhead Wood. Dreaming in the Dark. edited by Jack Dann. Hornsea, United Kingdom: PostScript.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2016). Sisters of the fire. Sydney, Australia: Harlequin Mira.

  • Wilkins, Kim and Diskett, Joseph (2014). 9 fathom deep. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Story City.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2014). Daughters of the storm. Sydney, Australia: Harlequin Mira.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (2014). Evergreen Falls. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Hachette Australia.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (2013). Ember island. Sydney, QLD, Australia: Hachette Livre Australia.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2013). The year of ancient ghosts: stories. Melbourne, VIC Australia: Ticonderoga Publications.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2012). Wild dreams of blood. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Review of Australian Fiction.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (Kim Wilkins) (2012). Lighthouse Bay. Sydney, Australia: Hachette Australia.

  • Freeman, Kimberley (2010). Wildflower hill. Sydney, Australia: Hachette Australia.

  • Wilkins (Kimberley Freeman), Kim (2009). Austlit: Australian popular medievalism subset. St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia: AustLit.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2008). Dreamless. Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia: ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).

  • Wilkins (Freeman, Kimberley), Kim (2008). Gold dust. Sydney: Hachette Livre Australia.

  • Wilkins (Kimberley Freeman), Kim (2008). The Forest. Dreaming Again: Thirty-five new stories celebrating the wild side of Australian fiction. (pp. 125-141) edited by Jack Dann. Pymble, NSW, Australia: HarperCollins.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2008). The pearl hunters. Malvern, SA: Omnibus Scholastic.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2006). Giants of the frost. PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies & Art History, The University of Queensland.

  • Wilkins, Kim (2000). The resurrectionists. M.A. Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2017.16

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Kim Wilkins is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

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Possible Research Projects

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Professor Kim Wilkins is not currently available to take on new students.

  • Currently not available for new HDR students.