- Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham
- Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Creative Industries Faculty,
Centre of Excellence in CIF
- Discipline *
- Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Policy and Administration
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PhD (Griffith University), MA (McGill University), BA(Hons) (University of Queensland)
- Professional memberships
- 2008 – 2011: Board member – Library Board of Queensland
- 2005 – 2006; 2008 – 2009: Board member – Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)
- 2008 – present: Member – Journalism and Media Research Centre, UNSW
- 2004 – present: Invited member – Hawke Institute Advisory Board, University of South Australia.
- 2004 – present: Invited member – Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies Advisory Board, University of Queensland
- 2004 – present: Invited member – Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney
- 2006 – present: Invited member, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University
- 1997 – present: Fellow – Australian Academy of the Humanities
- 2002 – present: Fellow – Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Convergence of technologies, Creative industries development policies, Culture & communication, Diaspora & media, Film & TV education, Higher education policy, Media policy & practice, TV - event TV, Television content (policy & futures)
Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor, QUT, and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. This centre draws on contributions across the humanities, creative arts and social sciences to help build a more dynamic and inclusive innovation system in Australia. He is one of Australia’s best-known media scholars with a special interest in policy.
He is author or editor of several books and major reports, most recently
- 2009: The Media and Communications in Australia 3rd ed (with Graeme Turner, Allen & Unwin)
- 2006: What Price a Creative Economy (Platform Papers, )
- 2008: Beyond the creative industries: mapping the creative economy in the United Kingdom (with Peter Higgs and Hasan Bakhshi, NESTA)
- 2008: In the Vernacular: A Generation of Australian Culture and Controversy (University of Queensland Press).
He has held a visiting professorial appointment at the Australian National University and currently holds visiting professorial appointments at City University London and the University of St Andrews. He has served as
- a Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission
- foundation Chair of QPIX, Queensland’s screen resource centre
- Treasurer and Executive member of Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
- Panel Chair and member, Australian Research Council College of Experts
- President of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
- currently is an appointee to the Library Board of Queensland and a board member of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
He has successfully supervised 25 higher degree students to completion across a diverse range of topics including
- film and media theory
- history and policy
- documentary and related screen practice
- creative industries policy development at a regional, national and international level.
He welcomes approaches about potential higher degree research opportunities.
- Hartley J, Keane MA, Cunningham SD, (2007) The Queensland Model: Connecting Business Enterprise, Education, R&D, Cultural Production, Education, R&D and Exhibition in a Creative Precinct, Blue Book of China's Culture: Report on Development of China's Cultural Industry p358-368
- Higgs PL, Cunningham SD, Keane MA, (2007) Inside and Outside: Where Does a Creative Industry Cluster Begin and End?, Blue Book on Culture: Annual Report on World Cultural Industries p394-405
- Cunningham SD, (2007) Oh, the Humanities!: Australia's innovation system out of kilter, Australian Universities' Review p28-30
- Cunningham SD, (2007) Political Economy and Creative Industries Policy, UNESCO Observatory Journal: Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts p1-6
- Cunningham SD, (2007) Creative Industries as Policy and Discourse Outside the United Kingdom, Global Media and Communication p347-352
- Cunningham SD, Turner G, (2006) The Media and Communications in Australia (2nd Edition)
- Cunningham SD, (2006) What Price a Creative Economy? p1-55
- Cunningham SD, (2006) Australia - A Creative Economy?, Creating Value: The Humanities and Their Publics p33-41
- Beattie D, Cunningham SD, Jones RG, Zelenko O, (2006) 'I Use Online So the Counsellors Can't Hear Me Crying': Creating Design Solutions for Online Counselling, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources p43-52
- Turner G, Cunningham SD, (2006) The Media and Communications Today, The Media and Communications in Australia 2nd Ed p1-9
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- A Dark New World: Anatomy of Australian horror films (2009)
- Documentary Practice in a Participatory Culture (2009)
- Open access to next generation broadband (2008)
- Learning for Liberation: Values, Actions and Structures for Social Transformation through Aboriginal Communities (2007)
- Mapping Posthuman Discourse and the Evolution of Living Information (2006)
- Screening Revolution: Constructing a Marxist Theoretical Framework for Social Documentary Filmmakers Analysing Class Structure and the Class Struggle (2006)
- Going Up the Down Escalator: An Ethnographic Case Study of the Uptake and Utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies by Three Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Organisations at the State, National and International Level, 1995- 2000 (2005)
- Massively Multiplayer Online Games Productive Players and their Disruptions to Conventional Media Practices (2005)