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Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham

Creative Industries Faculty,
Centre of Excellence in CIF


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
and associations
  • 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.

Editorial boards


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)

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



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
  • journalism
  • 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.

Website: http://cci.edu.au/

This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham.


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