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Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Academic Programs and Services


Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Academic Programs and Services
Discipline *
Education Systems, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Film, Television and Digital Media
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), M Ed (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows Network
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Member, Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Member, International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (ISSOTL)
  • Member, Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Member, Digital Media Research Centre

graduate employability, higher education curriculum and pedagogy, creative workforce, graduate capabilities, future capabilities, creative entrepreneurship, innovation capabilities, knowledge co-creation, social network capabilities, distributed knowledge network

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Ruth Bridgstock is passionate about building ‘future capable’ learners, teachers, and educational institutions. Her activities are all centered on the question of how universities can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. Ruth engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. She designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and university transformation projects. Ruth is OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which is concerned with how students, teachers and universities can build and use social networks for innovation, career development, and learning. She is co-author of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (Edward Elgar, 2014). She convenes the Creative Industries Faculty’s flagship course, the Bachelor of Creative Industries, and is a member of the Digital Media Research Centre. Key topics of research, scholarship and teaching with which Ruth engages are:

  • graduate employability
  • learning for the future world of work and society
  • creative enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • career development in knowledge intensive industries
  • capabilities for creativity and innovation
  • students as partners, change agents and knowledge co-creators
  • learning for innovation through communities and social networks
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock.


Dr Ruth Bridgstock co-ordinates the Bachelor of Creative Industries, the largest undergraduate program offered by the Creative Industries Faculty, and she also teaches into the Master of Creative Industries. Her focus teaching topics are creative career development, creative entrepreneurship, and quantitative research methododologies. Ruth’s particular areas of pedagogic interest include:

  • situated, authentic, ‘real world’ learning approaches
  • transformative learning, adult learning
  • 21st century learning and graduate capabilities
  • students as partners and change agents
  • learning for innovation through communities and networks
  • teacher professional learning and empowerment for graduate capabilities

Ruth is an accredited level 3 (mentoring) supervisor for Honours, Masters and Doctoral studies. Some current and previous student research projects include:

  • social learning in the digital content industries
  • learning design for creativity in higher education
  • digital pedagogy capability building among VET teachers
  • mid career shifts among Australian opera singers
  • career paths of Australian technical production professionals
  • the future of freelance journalism as a career
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence 2014 for leadership, innovation and teaching

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Graduate employability 2.0: building digital capabilities for lifelong career development
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Digital Literacies, Graduate Capabilities, Higher Education, Social Media
Making Music Work: Sustainable Portfolio Careers for Australian Musicians
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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