Dr. Jane Gavan is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Art at the University of Sydney. Her research examines innovative, social and environmental approaches to contemporary creative practices to discover their shared value across the community through international industry collaborations. Gavan is interested in examining the sustainable use of materials and processes, and the dynamic idea of ‘invention’ and the history of technology. Her practice is at the nexus of material culture and material science, often using glass and nature. In 2019, Gavan’s consultancy work for UNESCO produced the Manufacturing Creativity exhibition in Vietnam. Gavan is a member of the China Studies Centre, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and CREATE University research centre.