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Professor Terry Flew

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Name
Professor Terry Flew
Position(s)
Assistant Dean (Research)
Creative Industries Faculty,
Research Office
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
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Qualifications

Ph.D (Griffith University), MEcon (University of Sydney), BEcon(Hons) (University of Sydney)

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Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications and Assistant Dean (Research) in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. He is a Chief Investigator with the Digital Media Research Centre, and is the author of 11 books (three edited),  54 book chapters, 85 refereed academic journal articles, 15 reports and research monographs, and has been an editor of 13 special issues/themed sections of academic journals and refereed conference proceedings. His work has been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Polish and Turkish.   He has been involved with projects that have received $4.2 million in Australian Research Council and other research funding. Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded projects that he has been a Chief Investigator on include:

  • Willing Collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production;
  • Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia: Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere;
  • Social Media in Times of Crisis: Learning from Recent Natural Disasters to Improve Future Strategies;
  • Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia’s Suburban and Peri-Urban Communities;
  • Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication
  • Internationalising Creative Industries: the WTO, China and the Knowledge-Based Economy
  • QUT/Kids Help Line Web-based Interactive Counselling Project
  • The World Trade Organisation, Trade in Audiovisual Services and the Internationalisation of Media Governance

He was also a Chief Investigator with:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • ARC Cultural Research Network
  • Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre (CRC)

He was a member of the ARC College of Experts for the Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel from 2013-15, and in 2012 was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts in the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation round.  He is a member of the Executive board of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), elected in 2018.   He is the President-Elect of the International Communications Association (ICA), where has has been an Executive Board member since 2013, serving as a member-at-large representing Oceania and Africa from 2012-14, and  Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division from 2015-17. He is an Executive Board member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), having been ANZCA President in 2009-2010, and has been ANZCA Vice-President and Treasurer, as well as organiser of the 2009 ANZCA Conference in Brisbane. In 2014 he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to ANZCA.   At QUT, he has been the Assistant Dean (Research) since 2016, and a member of the Creative Industries Faculty Executive. He has headed the Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication Portfolio in the Creative Industries Faculty, and has been Director of Research Quality, Head of Media and Communication and Head of Postgraduate Studies in the Creative Industries Faculty. He has also been course co-ordinator for the transnational Bachelor of Media and Communication, taught in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

Creative Industries, Global media and communication, Internet governance, Globalisation & international cultural trade, Digital media policies, Media economics, Chinese media, Media in Asia, Media policy, Urban cultural policy

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

Biography

Background Terry Flew is an international recognised leader in media and communications, with research interests in digital media, global media, media policy, creative industries, media economics, and the future of journalism. He is the author of Australia’s leading new media textbook, New Media: An Introduction, which has sold over 15,000 copies over four editions (2002, 2005, 2008, 2014). He is also the author of Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2018 – second edition), Media Economics (Palgrave, 2015), Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (Sage, 2013). He has edited Willing Collaborators: Refashioning Content for the Chinese Media Market (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, with Michale Keane and Brian Yecies). Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (Palgrave, 2016, with Petros Iosifidis and Jeanette Steemers), and Creative Industries and Urban Development: Creative Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012).

 

His work has been published in leading international media, communications and cultural studies journals including Media, Culture and Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, Global Media and ChinaInternational Journal of Communication, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and International Journal of Cultural Studies. His work has been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Polish and Turkish.

 

In 2011-12 he was seconded from QUT to become a Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission, chairing the National Classification Scheme Review, commissioned to lead this review by the Attorney-General of Australia. The Final Report, Classification – Content Regulation and Convergent Media (ALRC Report 118) was tabled in the Australian Federal parliament in March 2012.

 

He has also advised policy makers and policy communities in Australia and internationally, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), New America Foundation, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Media Development Authority of Singapore, Russian Association of Electronic Communication, Productivity Commission, Gilbert + Tobin, and the Special Minister of State of the Australian Federal government.

 

He is an internationally recognised leading scholar in media and communications, having undertaken keynote presentations to conferences and symposia in Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Jakarta, Bandung, Tokyo, Seoul, Washington, DC, Boulder, CO, Los Angeles, London, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tainan, and Auckland, as well as 18 Australian universities.   He is an Executive Board member of the International Communications Association (ICA), and has been Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division from 2015-17. He previously served as member-at-large representing Oceania and Africa from 2012-14. In 2014, he hosted a major ICA Regional Conference held at QUT in Brisbane.

 

He has been engaged with research projects that have received $6.4 million in funding. He has been actively involved in three major collaborative projects that have been among the first of their kind in the arts and humanities in Australia: the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the ARC Cultural Research Network, and the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre. He has recently been a Chief Investigator on the following projects:

  • Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia: Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere, ARC Discovery with Professor Brian McNair (QUT) and Dr. Stephen Harrington (QUT).
  • Willing Collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production, with Professor Michael Keane (Curtin), Dr. Brian Yecies (Wollongong), Professor Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Professor Michael Curtin (University of California Santa Barbara).

He has been First Chief Investigator on: Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication: ARC Linkage 2006-2009, with the Special Broadcasting Service, Cisco Systems and On Line Opinion. The project web site you decide 2007, developed for the 2007 Australian Federal election, was identified by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy as an exemplar of community engagement in the digital economy. Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia’s Suburban and Peri-Urban Communities: ARC Discovery 2008-2010. Outputs from this project included special issues of the journals International Journal of Cultural Studies, The Information Society and M/C.

 

He has been Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), and was a member of the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre, and the Cultural Research Network during 2005-2009. He has also been a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant with Kids Help Line to develop interactive web-based counselling for young people, and an ARC Discovery grant on creative industries in China post-WTO accession.   He was also  a co-author of two Evaluations and Investigations Program reports for the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, New Media and Borderless Education (1997) and The Business of Borderless Education (2000).

 

Professor Flew has supervised 15 PhD theses and five research Masters theses to completion, and have supervised students from China, Taiwan, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore.   He has also supervised students in collaborative projects with industry partners including the Special Broadcasting Service. He currently supervises PhD theses, on: entertainment media and Chinese soft power; social media use among the Chinese diaspora in Australia; social media and public sector reform in Indonesia; digital media literacy and political activism among Indonesian youth; and broadband media and digital creative industries in northern Queensland. He has assessed 18 PhD theses, from universities in Australia, Jamaica and Pakistan.

This information has been contributed by Professor Terry Flew.

Teaching

Units co-ordinated 

  • Global Media and Communication
  • Creative Industries: Theory and Policy
  • New Media Technologies
  • Global Media and Communications Policy
  • Globalisation and New Media

Research Higher Degree Supervisions and Completions

I have supervised 16 PhDs and 5 Masters theses to completion. My graduate students have come from China, Taiwan, Kuwait, Indonesia, Germany and Singapore, as well as Australia.

Graduates are employed at both international and Australian universities, including: Frankfurt University; Dongguan University of Technology; Beijing Science & Technology Exchange Center; Singapore Academy of Fine Arts; Ngee Ann Polytechnic; Ming Chuan University; University of Sydney; University of Adelaide; Western Sydney University; Murdoch University; and QUT.

 

HDR Completions

Peter O’Brien (PhD)  Calculating the Professional: Standards and the Government of Professional Practice 

Abdullah Khayrallah (PhD) The Transformation of Kuwait Television from 1961 to 2015: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities for National Public Service Television to Promote an Arab Public Sphere in the Context of Globalisation

Jiajie Lu (PhD) Understanding the Chinese Digital Diaspora: From Media Consumption to Social Connections

Falk Hartig (PhD)  Confucius Institutes and the Rise of China: How the PRC uses its cultural institutions abroad to communicate with the world

Angela Lin Huang (PhD)  A Study of Beijing’s Competitive Advantage as an Emergent Media Capital

Seiko Yasumoto (PhD)  Re-Made in Asia: Transformation, pan-Asian Markets and Popular Culture

Danny Boey (PhD)  The Culture-specificity of Horror Sources in Asian Horror Cinema 

Bonnie Liu Rui (PhD) Competition and Innovation: Independent Television Companies in China

Molly Hankwitz (PhD)  Place and Identity-Making Practices in Mobile Culture in the Context of Networked Cities

Vicki Chichuan Chiu (PhD)  A Study of Entrepreneurship: Taiwanese Digital Content Companies in China

Stephen Harrington (PhD)  Form and Function: The Other ‘Side’ of Contemporary Australian News

Mark Ryan (PhD)  A Dark New World: Producing contemporary Australian horror films

Tanya Notley (PhD)  Young people, social agency and ‘digital inclusion’: Establishing Creative Online Networks in Queensland, Australia

Sal Humphreys (PhD)  Massively Multiplayer Online Games: Productive Players and their disruptions to conventional media practices

Tania Lim (PhD)  Global Cities, Local Knowledge: Formatting and Change in East Asian Television Industries

Harvey May (PhD)  Australian Multicultural Policy and Television Drama in Comparative Contexts

Heidi Lenffer (MA Research)  User-generated content and public broadcasters: Case Study of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Grant Collins (MA Research)  Documentary & the Era of Post Production: Producing with the catalyst that is VFX 

Kenneth Seah (MA Research)  Flexibly Delivered Learning for Higher Education: Comparing Australia and Singapore

Gillian Ching (MA Research)  Influence of the Media in Framing Policy Debates: The Case of Gun Law Reform after the Port Arthur Shootings

David Russell (M. Business)  Discourses of the ‘Information Society’

 

Current Supervisions

Fiona Suwana (PhD) Digital Media and Indonesian Young People: Building Sustainable Democratic Institutions and Practices

Rido Panjaitan (PhD) Government in Online Spaces: Critical Evaluation of Citizen to Government Participation in Contemporary Indonesia 

Chunmeizi Su (PhD) Digital Entertainment Media, Multiplatform Distribution, and China’s Quest for Cultural Soft Power

Wang Yi (PhD) Innovation in the Creative Industries: A Comparison between Brisbane and Shenzhen using the Triple Helix Framework

Akhmad Firmannamal (PhD)  The Role of Social Media for Indonesia’s Presidential Campaigning Strategy

Ella Chorazy (PhD) Spin Un-spun: Unravelling cultural representations and audience understandings of political public relations

Glenn Wyatt (PhD) An Aesthetic of Matters of Concern: The Traffic Worlds of Ho Chi Minh City

Callum McWaters (PhD) The National Broadband Network and Economic Diversification in Queensland

This information has been contributed by Professor Terry Flew.

Experience

  • Founding editor of Communication Research and Practice, a Taylor & Francis journal supported by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • Member of Expert Advisory Committee for the Masters of Digital Communication Leadership, an EU Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree encompasses economic-managerial, technological and media and communication knowledge with social responsibility and ethical-cultural dimensions of digital communication. The consortium involves three lead universities in Europe, and five partner universities in the USA, Brazil, China, Ghana and Australia (QUT), as well as industry partners.
  • National expert on news developments and the news industry for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assisting in preparation of “The Future of News and the Internet” report of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy, Working Party on the Information Economy, The Evolution of News and the Internet (DSTI/ICCP/IE (2009) 14), report published April 2010.
  • Expert Advisory Panel, National Academies Forum (NAF), report on Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia. The National Academies Forum brings together the four national academies (Australian Academy of Humanities, Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. The project was funded through the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) program of the Australian Research Council, and the final report was in March 2010.
  • Advisor to the Information, Communication, Journalism, Media and Technology Steering Committee, University of Colorado – Boulder, on development of a new College of Media, Design and the Arts. External assessor of Bachelor of Communications degree program, School of Arts, University of New England, July 2009.
  • Reviewer of research grant applications for the European Science Foundation, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and The Marsden Fund (New Zealand).
  • Advisor to Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) on science communication in Australian universities, providing input into the DIISR Science in the Media Working Group, 2011.
This information has been contributed by Professor Terry Flew.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2018
Details
Elected to Executive Board of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), 2018
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2017
Details
President-Elect of the International Communications Association (ICA). The ICA is the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious communications association, with over 6,000 members worldwide. I will be the organizer of the 69th ICA Annual Conference in Washington, DC in May 2019, and ICA President in 2020, when the 70th ICA Annual Conference will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2015
Details
Founding Editor-in-Chief of Communication Research and Practice. CRP is a new peer reviewed academic journal published for the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA) by Taylor & Francis.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2011
Details
Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission Seconded to ALRC in May 2011 to chair Review of Censorship and Classification in Australia. Appointed until February 2012.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2013
Details
Membership of Australian Research Council College of Experts, Humanities and Creative arts Panel, 2013-15. Responsibility for assessing ARC Discovery, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA), Discovery - Indigenous, Linkage, and Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2012
Details
Appointment to Research Evaluation Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 round.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2018
Details
Awarded Bicentennial Fellowship by the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London, to study developments in creative industries courses in the UK and Australia.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2017
Details
Expert of the China Institute for Cultural Trade Research, National Institute for Cultural Development, Beijing International Studies University (BISU).
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
Chair of Global Communication and Social Change Division, 2015-17. Member of ICA Executive Board.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Organiser of 2014 ICA Regional Conference, "Digital Transformations, Social Media Engagement and the Asian Century", held at QUT Gardens Point 1-3 October, 2014. This was attended by over 200 people, from 20 countries.

Research projects

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

Title
Willing collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP140101643
Start year
2014
Keywords
China; media industries; screen co-productions
Title
Politics, media and democracy in Australia: public and producer perceptions of the political public sphere
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130100705
Start year
2013
Keywords
public sphere; citizenship; journalism
Title
Convergent Media Policy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2012
Keywords
Convergent Media; Media Policy
Title
Social media in times of crisis: learning from recent natural disasters to improve future strategies
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120100627
Start year
2012
Keywords
Natural Disasters; Social Media; Communication; Media; Internet
Title
Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia's Suburban and Peri Urban Communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877133
Start year
2008
Keywords
Creative Industries; Cultural Studies; Suburban Communities; Innovation Culture and Economy; Cultural Geography; Urban Planning;
Title
Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0669434
Start year
2007
Keywords
journalism; media; citizenship; Internet; electronic democracy; peer to peer online publishing;
Title
Internationalising creative industries: China the WTO and the knowledge-based economy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0345907
Start year
2003
Keywords
creative industries; knowledge economy; media and communication; Chinese creative industries

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Digital Entertainment Media, Multiplatform Distribution, and China's Quest for Cultural Soft Power
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, Dr Mark Ryan
  • The Role of Social Media for Indonesia's Presidential Communication Strategy
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Clive Bean
  • Government in Online Spaces: Critical Evaluation of Citizen to Government Participation in Contemporary Indonesia
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Associate Professor Emma Baulch
  • Knowledge Exchange and Innovation in the Creative Industries: A comparative analysis of Brisbane and Shenzhen through the Triple Helix framework
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Greg Hearn
  • Digital transformation of regional economies: Townsville's digital creative industries and the National Broadbank Network
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Christina Spurgeon
  • The Phenomenology of Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jared Donovan

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)