Claire Baker

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Claire Baker

Research Communications Officer

Room 408, level 4, Life Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 7637 (phone)

Claire provides strategic communications advice and communications management to various research projects within the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), including the Aspirations for Food and Agriculture (TasAgFuture) project, ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products, Dairy on PAR, and the Principal Research Organisation for Microbial Ecology and Physiology.


Claire is passionate about communicating new research and ideas — in the past she has taken up this challenge working for two of New Zealand’s public art galleries and for a NZ-wide tertiary project called Engaged Social Science (eSocSci), managed by Massey University in Wellington. As Communications and Marketing Coordinator for eSocSci, Claire supported social scientists to digitally publicise their research and helped to connect their work with emerging environmental science through official networking events and online communications platforms.

Claire has also worked as a statutory social worker and in local government and community sector policy for the New Zealand Government.

Claire has come to TIA from a digital content coordination and copywriting role for a Tasmanian marketing company.

Career summary


Bachelor of Arts, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2006
Bachelor of Social & Community Work, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2009
Master of Museum & Heritage Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2014

Languages (other than English)

Spanish (conversational)

Administrative expertise

Claire has helped to reopen two public art galleries in New Zealand. She was Gallery Manager leading up to the 2016 reopening of Christchurch’s Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), five years after the 2011 earthquake. She then took up a contract as Assistant Manager for Anderson Park Art Gallery in New Zealand’s southernmost city of Invercargill, which had closed to the public due to the need for earthquake strengthening. Claire contributed to the rebranding of Anderson Park Art Gallery to Invercargill Public Art Gallery and opened the temporary gallery in central Invercargill so that the public could re-experience the City’s art collection.