Research Professor, ARC Centre Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Director of Asian Creative Transfromations
Michael Keane is a professor of Chinese Media at Curtin University. He is also a Principal Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). Michael has made over fifty visits to China and East Asia since 1989 and has provided expertise for a number of international consultancies in relation to emerging East Asian creative economies. He has written numerous book and articles on Chinese and East Asian creative industries. His recent books include Creative industries in China: Art, Design and Media (Polity April 2013) and Media in China: Critical Concepts and Cultural Studies (Routledge August 2013 co-edited with Wanning Sun). His book Created in China: the Great New Leap Forward was the first account of China’s acceptance of the idea of the creative economy. China’s New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Investment, published in December 2011, is a study of several of China’s most well known creative clusters including 798, Songzhuang, Fangjia 46, Loft 49, M50 and Suzhou Industrial Park. He is also editor and translator of Li Wuwei’s How Creativity is Changing China, also published in 2011.
Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation), RMIT University
Jo Tacchi is Professor and Deputy Dean Research and Innovation in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University (Melbourne). She is an ARC Centre Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, of which RMIT is a member. She has led several large research projects in South Asia. Jo is a social anthropologist specializing in ethnographic study of media and digital technologies for development. She currently leads a number of research projects in South Asia that explore methodological developments using ethnographic approaches, as well as issues of ‘voice’ and ‘listening’, broadly in the fields of Communication for development, ICT for development, and digital anthropology.
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Professor, Business and Law, Deakin University
Christoph Antons holds a Chair in Law in the School of Law, Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University, Burwood. He is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich. His recent book publications are “Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Intellectual Property Law in the Asia-Pacific Region” (Kluwer 2009) and “The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: Comparative Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region” (Kluwer 2011, in print).
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Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
Dean, School of Media and Communication, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald has worked in Australian higher education since 1997. In the 1980s and early 1990s she was employed as an actor and production assistant in the UK. Her first degree was in Chinese at the University of Oxford and her DPhil thesis was on Chinese film. She has been working in the Australian higher education sector since 1997, and her career has spanned research, teaching and management responsibilities. Her research and writing focuses on film, media, children’s experience, and the Asia Pacific region. In recent years Stephi has worked specifically on urban branding, intra-regional and cinematic perspectives on cosmopolitanism and migration, and the idea of class in China. She is now Dean of the School of Media and Communication at RMIT, Melbourne.
Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
Dr. Lucy Montgomery is exploring the role of copyright, social network markets and business models in China’s creative/cultural industries. Her work explores the extent to which new technologies, globalization and higher levels of connectivity are re-defining relationships between ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’. Spaces between policy and practice are functioning as important sites for the generation of new knowledge and the evolution of new approaches to business. Creative entrepreneurs are increasingly becoming mediators between official policy and institutions and the demands and creative impulses of consumers. In the widening spaces between law, regulation, policy and day-to-day practice of both organizations and users, new approaches to business are being formed.
Associate Professor in Design, University of Western Sydney
Jerry Watkins has over 20 years’ high-profile international experience in communication and interaction design and he has led major projects for some of the world’s biggest companies, including AT&T Wireless, Bell Canada and Korea Telecom. His research areas include information and communication technology (ICT), broadband, mobile devices, digital content, and social media. Jerry is Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council project ‘Opportunity Spaces’ (2011-14) which examines the potential of ICT and broadband within shared-use education facilities. He has led a number of other research projects for partners including UNESCO and Intel. Jerry provides training and consultancy to the communication for development sector. He has designed and delivered digital literacy and content creation programs in India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Solomon Islands.
Distinguished Professor, research director, CCI
Distinguished Professor John Hartley (ARC Federation Fellow) is research director of the CCI. He was foundation dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, and previously head of the journalism school at Cardiff University, Wales. His Federation Fellowship project includes research on fashion media in China. Hartley was lead investigator on Internationalizing creative industries: China , the WTO and the knowledge-based economy (ARC Discovery), convened the first conference on Creative Industries ever held in China (2005), co-edited special issues of Chinese Journal of Communication (2:1, 2009) and International Journal of Cultural Studies (9:3, 2007). His books Creative Industries, A Short History of Cultural Studies and others have been translated into Chinese. He has supervised numerous Chinese PhD students. He has also advised the Indonesian government on creative industries policy.
Research Professor, CCI, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Greg Hearn is Co-Leader of Program 2: Creative Workforce and a Research Professor at the ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT. His work focuses on mapping and policy development for the Creative Industries in international contexts including China, Japan, South Africa and Brazil. In Australia he was an invited member of a working party examining the role of creativity in the innovation economy for the Australian Prime Minister¹s Science Engineering and Innovation Council. He has authored or co-authored over 20 major research reports and six books, including The communication superhighway: Social and economic change in the digital age (1998: Allen and Unwin) and Knowledge Policy: Challenges for the 21st Century (2008). His current work includes developing media strategies for Sapporo Japan and an Australian research Council grant examining the operation of creative clusters in Shanghai.
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Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of New Media: An Introduction (Oxford, 2008), which has gone into three editions (fourth edition forthcoming), Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2007), and The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2011). He is a leading international figure in creative industries research, having undertaking invited presentations on creative industries in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the United States and New Zealand. He has been engaged in research into creative industries and cities in China and East Asia, including the ARC Discovery-Project Internationalising Creative Industries: China, the WTO and the Knowledge-Based Economy. He has also headed research projects into citizen journalism and the role of suburbs in creative industries development, and was a member of the ARC-funded Cultural Research Network from 2005-2009.
Professor, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Brian Fitzgerald is a well-known Intellectual Property and Information Technology/Internet lawyer who has pioneered the teaching of Internet/Cyber Law in Australia. Brian has developed research partnerships and convened a major conference with East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in 2007. He has published articles on Intellectual Property and Internet Law in Australia, the United States, Europe, Nepal, India, Canada and Japan and his latest (co-authored) books are Cyberlaw: Cases and Materials on the Internet, Digital Intellectual Property and E Commerce (2002); Jurisdiction and the Internet (2004); Intellectual Property in Principle (2004) and Internet and Ecommerce Law (2007). Over the past seven years Brian has delivered seminars on Information Technology, Internet and Intellectual Property law in Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Norway, Croatia and the Netherlands.
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT. Her research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts. In her recently completed doctoral research, she developed a new conceptual approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities as technosocial networks. Her current research explores designing and developing playful ubiquitous technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture in urban environments. She has collaborated with leading international researchers and published in books and journals across various disciplines. Her website is at www.nicemustard.com
Lecturer, Media & Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Susan is Lecturer in Media & Communication with the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT (Queensland University of Technology). Her recent publications include journal articles, Franchise Nations: the Future of Nations? (2009) in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studie and The Question Concerning (Internet) Time (2009) in New Media & Society . Susan’s research interests include the notion of franchise nations in the study of the Chinese and Indian diasporas, (new) media and its relation to extra-national sovereignty, and ethnic minorities in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and, the inclusion/exclusion of non-users of the internet in nations. Prior to academia, Susan has had extensive professional experience in a variety of field ranging from advertising and engineering to electronics in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Angela Romano teaches and researches about a wide range of journalism-related subjects. Her main interests are: International journalism, particularly in Asia; The role of journalism and communications in promoting development; The media, politics, democracy and deliberation; Journalism in diverse societies, and the media’s performance in reporting on gender and ethnic, religious and other minorities. Angela’s works include a book, International Journalism and Democracy, and a report about Asian journalism for the World Bank publication, Public Sentinel. She has edited/written two other books – Journalism and Democracy in Asia and Politics and the Press in Indonesia – as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters based on her research.
Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Dr. Larissa Hjorth is researcher, artist and lecturer who has taught Media Cultures 1 & 2 and Narrative and Communication in the Games Programs since its inception in 2005. Since 2000, Hjorth has been researching and publishing on gendered customizing of mobile communication, gaming and virtual communities in the Asia–Pacific, much of which is detailed in her book, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London: Routledge, 2008). Hjorth has published widely on the topic in journals such as Convergence journal, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Continuum, ACCESS, Fibreculture and Southern Review. In 2007, Hjorth co-convened the International Mobile Media Conference (Opens new window) with Gerard Goggin in July 2007 and the Interactive Entertainment (IE) Conference (Opens new window) at RMIT University in December 2007. Since 2009, Hjorth has been an ARC research fellow for three years researching online communities in the Asia-Pacific region with Michael Arnold as part of a successful ARC discovery grant (ID: DP0986998).
International Research Colleagues
Doobo Shim is an Associate-Professor at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. He has written extensively about the Korean wave and East Asian media flows. His paper ‘Hybridity and the rise of popular culture in Asia’ is one of the most read articles about Korean popular culture.
Bert de Muynck
MA Da is Deputy secretary of the Qingdao Creative Industries Association and Manager of Creative 100, an entrepreneurial creative cluster in the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, China.
Qiu Dailun, Chairman of the Board of 1506 Creative City Investment Co. Ltd., President of Foshan Creative Industry Association, Guangdong People’s Congress Member (parliamentarian)
Research Topic: Confucius Institutes and the Rise of China
Supervisors: Terry Flew, John Hartley
Falk Hartig holds a MA (Sinology and Journalism) from University of Leipzig. His project concerns Confucius Institutes and the Rise of China. Since 2004 China has set up almost 700 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms around the world to promote its language and culture. The aim of his thesis is twofold: first to provide grounded empirical case studies into how these institutes actually work and second to provide a theoretical framework to analyse these institutions. This study combines Chinese studies, international relations studies, communication studies, cultural studies with an in-depth analysis of Confucius Institutes in Australia and Germany.
Angela Lin Huang
Research Topic: A Study of Beijing’s Competitive Advantage as an Emergent Media Capital
Supervisors: Stuart Cunningham, Terry Flew, Michael Keane
Angela Huang is recipient of a China Scholarship Council-QUT scholarship. She is a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Her topic investigates Beijing as the major node of Chinese media industries (a media capital). Drawing on the work of Michael Curtin, the research project identifies factors contributing to Beijing’s centrality as a media capital, including industry agglomeration, creative migration to Beijing, and relative diversity in production.
Research Topic: Development Issues for the Creative Economy in Malaysia
Supervisors: Michael Keane, Greg Hearn
Siti is from Malaysia, and obtained her B.Sc (H) in Tourism Management from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia and Master of Tourism from Otago University, New Zeland. Her PhD thesis examines the issues on the development of creative economy in Malaysia focusing on their animation and cultural tourism sectors. These two sectors are identified as important creative development areas in Malaysia. Due to the novelty of the creative economy concept in Malaysia, there are many aspects that require indepth investigation. Siti aims to provide the first comprehensive account of the Malaysian creative economy.
Henry Siling Li
Research Topic: Seriously Playful: the Uses of Networked Video Spoofs
Supervisors: John Hartley, Jean Burgess, Michael Keane
Henry Li is recipient of a China Scholarship Council-QUT scholarship. He is a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Henry’s project aims to explore one particular form of user-created content networked video spoofs, a locus of both amateur and professional creativity, and their creators/spoofers. Henry’s work enriches the understanding of spoofs as a creative subculture and as distributed innovation processes, and more broadly, the role of internet culture in knowledge creation and innovation.
Research Topic: The aspirations of emergent Chinese fashion designers
Supervisors: Justin, O’Connor, Michael Keane, Xin Gu
Over the last twenty-five years Tim Lindgren has pursued a role as an independent fashion designer in Australia and China. His practice has been heavily informed by the culture of fashion consumption that arose in Europe and particularly London during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Some of his commercial work is archived at www.tim.com.au.
Tim has a Masters degree in International Business from Griffith University in Queensland. He wrote his Honours thesis about the impact of the Chinese textile and manufacturing industry on Australian fashion designers.
Research Topic: Competition and Innovation: Independent Television Production in China
Supervisors: Michael Keane, Terry Flew
Bonnie Liu is a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. She is recipient of a China Scholarship Council-QUT scholarship. Bonnie’s research is on innovation and competition in television production in China; her research looks at how the emergence of television independent companies is impacting on the diversity and quality of content in the Chinese television industry. She graduated with the master degree in Communication and Journalism from Communication University of China in Beijing and used to be a lecturer in Communication University of China.
Research Topic: Open Knowledge Communication: Web2.0 and digital alternative platforms in Chinese academic publishing
Supervisors: John Hartley, Lucy Montgomery
Xiang Ren is a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty, at the Queensland University of Technology. His project focuses on digital alternative platforms (particularly Web2.0 based) in Chinese academic publishing industry. Before joining QUT, Xiang has over 10 years’ professional experience as a senior editor in Chinese publishing industry. He has been awarded a Master with Distinction in Communication at University of Westminster, London in 2005.
Research Topic: From Culture to Creativity: Creative Entrepreneurs in Chaoyang District
Supervisors: Michael Keane, Terry Flew, Justin O’Connor
Linda’s project study looks at three entrepreneurs: in marketing, design and consultancy, in digital content, and in publishing. The project examines how creative entrepreneurs manage, mobilise, and nurture creativity through their business operations within an environment of social and economic development. After graduating from Northern Jiaotong University in Beijing with the Bachelor of Engineering, Linda worked in industries including entertainment, consulting, engineering and IT including Sun Microsystems (Beijing) in Marketing Communications, and her own consultancy group headquartered in north Brisbane specializing in importing, exporting, manufacturing and rental of mining, construction and recycling equipment throughout Asia-Pacific region.
Research Topic: Scenes, Quarters and Clusters: New Experiments in the Governance of Creative Places in China
Supervisors: John Hartley, Michael Keane
Wen Wen is recipient of a China Scholarship Council-QUT scholarship. She is a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Her project examines the organizational patterns or models of creative districts, that is, the factors positively or negatively influencing their formation and development. Hence, it contains the investigation of entities and their relations, creative practices and creative people. The research also examines the effectiveness of creative districts – whether they fulfilled the assumed effects, such as stimulating the growth of creativity and promoting the development of the creative economy.
Research Topic: Re-Made in Asia: Transformation, pan-Asian Markets and Popular Culture
Supervisors: Michael Keane, Terry Flew
Seiko Yasumoto’s research is principally focussed on media, culture and communication studies in Japan and East Asia. Seiko is looking at Japanese popular culture products, in particular examining how common texts are re-made and using different forms such as television drama, film, animation and manga. She is concurrently researching how these are targeted, transformed and ‘re-made’ for export into different national and regional audiences in pan-Asian markets. Seiko is interested in examining authentic Japanese productions as well as co-productions that cross cultural divides and audiences.
Supervisors: Michael Keane, Jason Potts
Guo Yong is a recipient of China Scholarship Council-QUT scholarship. He is a PhD candidate in School of Economics and Finance at Xi’an Jiaotong University and a visiting scholar in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. His project concerns the creative index, competitiveness of China’s creative industries and dynamic effects of creative industries cluster. His recent interesting is researching the creative industries of China using methodology of evolutionary economics.
Elaine Jing Zhao
Research Topic: The Role of Mobile Media in Brand-Consumer Relationship
Supervisors: Stuart Cunningham, Michael Keane and Judy Drennan
Elaine Zhao is a PHD candidate at Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology on a CCI and iCi scholarship. Her research project examines how businesses in China can leverage the strengths of mobile media to enhance brand-consumer relationship. Through mapping the industry ecosystem and analyzing innovative mobile marketing campaigns in China, she is investigating the relevance of mobile media in the formation of marketing strategy. The research findings will be of interest in the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of brand-consumer relationship. Before coming to QUT, Elaine worked in marketing function for emerging business group at Nokia, which develops mobile service including mobile internet service, mobile education, and mobile payment and mobile advertising.
Research Topic: China’s Higher Education Policy since 1992: a Genealogical Analysis of the Enterprise University
Supervisors: Cushla Kapitzke, Deborah Henderson
Jun Gao is a PhD candidate in Faculty of Education at QUT. His study analyses China’s higher education policy since 1992. In the era of globalisation and knowledge economy, China’s higher education sector has undergone substantial changes. In the global context, the emergence of the enterprise university has been a common trend. This study tries to conduct a genealogical analysis of China’s higher education policy when China established the socialist market economy. Policy analysis at the national level and local will be conducted mainly in the conceptual framework of governmentality.