With a twenty-five-year history of art and social justice practice in Australia and Canada, Marnie's research sits at the intersection of socially engaged arts practice, community-based research methodologies and the politics of cultural measurement. Through aesthetic forms of encounter and exchange, her work brings together disparate groups of people in dialogue to examine and affect local social issues (artists, communities, industry). Marnie is currently focused on a series of creative cartographies registering emotion in public space; expanded curation projects on the aesthetics and politics of food; and a new book project The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and place not your own.
Marnie is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art following the prestigious award of Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-2019) at RMIT University in Melbourne. Marnie teaches both practice and theory in socially-engaged art, art in public space, art history and theory, and arts management and leads arts industry research partnerships with arts and cultural organisations.  She has a PhD in Creative Arts and Cultural Policy (University of Melbourne, 2012), a Masters of Community Cultural Development (University of Melbourne, 2008) and undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Inter-media and Bachelor of Arts, Art History (University of Regina, 1996 & 1996).

Recent publications include book chapters in
The World We Want: Dystopian & Utopian Impulses in Art Making (McQuilten, G. and Palmer D. eds, 2022, Intellect), Exploring cultural value: Contemporary issues for theory and practice, Lehman, Fillis, & Wickham, 2020, Emerald), Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping (Duxbury, Garrett-Petts & Longley; 2018, Routledge); Co-creation (Poulin & Preston, 2018, Empire); and her co-edited book Making Culture Count: the politics of cultural measurement (MacDowall et al 2014, Springer). She has many articles in peer reviewed journals: Public Art Dialogue (USA), Australian Education Researcher (AUS), The Journal of Public Space, (Italy), Unlikely Journal of Creative Arts (AUS), Canadian Theatre Review (CAN), Global Performance Studies (AUS), Laboratorium (RUS), Seismopolite: Journal of Art & Politics (NOR), and Journal of Art & Communities (UK).