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Affiliated researchers in Australia and international institutions | Creative Transformations Asia

Affiliated researchers in Australia and international institutions


Creative Industries Tier 4 members


Michael Keane

Michael Keane

Research Professor, ARC Centre Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Director of Asian Creative Transfromations

Prof. Michael Keane is a Principal Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. 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 book Created in China: the Great New Leap Forward was the first account of China’s acceptance of the idea of the creative economy. His most recent work China’s New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Investment, was 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. His forthcoming books are 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)

(+61) 07 3138 3757

Lucy Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery

Principal research fellow at Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University

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.

(+61) 07 3138 0155



Terry Flew

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.

(+61) 07 3138 8188

Greg Hearn

Greg Hearn

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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(+61) 07 3138 8183

Evonne Miller

Evonne Miller

Associate Professor in Social Change, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Evonne Miller is an environmental psychologist and Director of Research in the School of Design in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on the complex real-world social change challenges facing society today – climate change, sustainability and population ageing. She has over 70 peer reviewed publications and two million dollars in competitive research grant funding for projects exploring these issues and the interrelationships between people, their built, technical and natural environments. She has a strong professional and personal interest in Asia, with over 15 visits in the past decade.

(+61) 07 31389011


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Angela Romano

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.

(+61) 07 3138 8162



Jaz Choi

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

(+61) 07 3138 8190


Susan Leong

Susan Leong

Lecturer, Media & Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Susan’s 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.

(+61) 07 3138 0233


Australian-based researchers

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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.

(+61) 03 9925 3960

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald

Professor, Faculty of Law, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

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.

(+61) 07 3138 2057


Larissa Hjorth

Larissa Hjorth

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).

(+61) 03 9925 9754

Jerry Watkins

Jerry Watkins

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.

(+61) 02 9852 5167



International researchers and research networks

Sampsung Xiaoxiang Shi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, QUT Faculty of Law, Brisbane, Australia
Lecturer, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China

Dr. Sampsung Xiaoxiang Shi is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Law of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). From early 2010, Sampsung has been teaching intellectual property law at the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai, China. He also worked for the Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau as a legal manager, handling intellectual property issues at the World Expo. 2010 Shanghai China. Sampsung was accepted into the annual Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) run by the Oxford Internet Institute in partnership with The Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School in 2007. He received degrees of Bachelor in Law (2001) and Master in Civil and Commercial Law (2006) from the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), and also completed his PhD on digital challenges and copyright solutions at QUT in 2010.

(+86) 21 6779 0083


Communication University of China

QUT established an International Cooperation Agreement with CUC in 2007. The CCI and CUC have collaborated in 7 conferences and forums in China and Australia since then. Bonnie Liu from CUC has recently completed a PhD at QUT. An ARC Discovery project is pending with CUC as partner investigator. The following are our key contacts at CUC:

  • FAN Zhou is Professor and Director of the Institute for Cultural Industries
  • QI Yongfeng is Professor and Research Director Institute for Cultural Industries
  • LI Huailiang is Professor and Director of the National Cultural Trade Centre at CUC.

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Humanities Research Institute

In 2007, QUT signed an International Cooperation Agreement with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The main outputs to date have been an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (Governance, Human Capital and Regional Investment in China’s New Creative Clusters) and an International Linkage The Shift from Cultural Institution to Creative Enterprise. We have participated in conferences and co-published a book International Perspectives on the Creative Economy. Our partners in the Humanities Research Institute are:

  • ZHANG Xiaoming is Professor and editor of Blue Book of China’s Cultural Industries. He is vice-director of Humanities Research Centre
  • Lhamo Yeshi is a postdoctoral researcher whose is working on Tibetan art history and cultural industries.

Beijing Dance Academy (BDA)

In 2007, QUT signed an International Cooperating Agreement with Beijing Dance Academy. Professor Sue Street and Associate-Professor Cheryl Stock have visited BDA many times and BDA personnel have been to QUT. In 2010 Cheryl Stock conducted Master class (International Arts Administration Masters’ Workshop) and participated in an International Forum of arts administration. These events were hosted and funded by the Beijing Dance Academy (17-21 September). Our contacts at BDA include:

Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST)

We have initiated research projects with BJAST and with the Beijing Research Centre for Science of Sciences (Prof John Hartley is currrently working on a Global Cities Index).

  • ZHANG Jingcheng is a Professor and chief editor of the annual Blue Book of China’s Creative Industries
  • ZENG Fanying is a researcher and contributor to The Blue Book of China’s Creative Industries

Shanghai Theatre Academy

The Shanghai Theatre Academy is a key player in Shanghai’s creative industries. STA is currently developing a new campus based on QUT’s Creative Industry Precinct. This campus will focus on new media. The key contacts at STA are:

  • Huang Changyong is Professor and Vice-President of the Shangahi Theatre Academy
  • Marina Guo is Director of International Relations at STA.

Chinese University of Hong Kong

QUT and CCI have had maintained relationships with CUHK. Currently Michael Keane and John Banks are collaborating with a team led by Anthony Fung on Policy and Games Industry in Hong Kong and Wider Asian Markets, a global study of video game. Colleagues at CUHK with whom we have engaged in research and publishing activities include:

  • Desmond Hui is professor and Director of the Centre for Culture and Development. Desmond was lead author of the HK Creative Industries Baseline Report. He is a board member of the Urban Renewal Authority and advisor for Create Hong Kong.
  • Anthony Y. H. Fung is a professor of Media. He researches Youth Culture and the Consumption of Popular Culture in Hong Kong and China, Globalization of TV formats, Transnational Media Corporations in China and Asia, and New Media and Online Communities;

National Chengchi University Taiwan (NCCU)

QUT is developing projects with NCCU in three areas: creative clusters, use of social media in crisis and policy; Our contacts at NCCU include:

  • Chen Pailin, Cheng Yu-Chung, Li Tsi-Yen and Christine Chang Pao-fang have collaborated with a team including Dr Jean Burgess and Assoc-Prof Axel Bruns in the project Flood and Fire: Understanding Public Communication in Times of Crisis;
  • Wang Mei-Ya and Chen Yi-wen (from the Center of Creativity and Innovation Studies of NCCU and Department of Information and Communication of Tamkang University) are working on projects related to creative clusters in Taiwan.

Sapporo City University Japan

  • Mitsuhiro Takemura is Professor of Media Design Sapporo City University.  Professor Takemura’s research brings together digital archiving of cultural artefacts; contemporary design and Creative City Planning.  He is is a pioneer of creative industries developments in Japan.