Dr Airlie Lawson

Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Book History 470503
  • Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) 470502
  • Cultural And Creative Industries 470204

Research interests

The global circulation, production and reception of Australian literature; publishing rights; publishing networks


Dr Airlie Lawson is Postdoctoral Fellow on Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project at Melbourne University, and holds two honorary positions as a Visitor, Academic, at Melbourne Law School, and as a Visiting Fellow at the ANU. A literary sociologist, she draws on her extensive industry experience to understand, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research, the material factors that constrain, and shape, contemporary Australian book publishing. Her work has been published in Books + Publishing, Antipodes and The Conversation. She is the author of Don’t Tell Eve (Vintage, 2009), a satire set in the world of publishing, described by Australian Book Review as ‘hilarious’ and selected as a Women’s Weekly Great Read. Her new book, Conditions of Access: Mapping the value of Australian novels in the twenty-first century global marketspace (Anthem Press), will be out in 2024. 


Researcher's projects

Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project (untapped.org.au)

The Miles Franklin Rights Project (www.austlit.edu.au/milesfranklinrightsproject)

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