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Professor Terry Flew

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
Research and Business Development

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Name
Professor Terry Flew
Position(s)
Assistant Dean (Research and International Engagement)
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
Research and Business Development
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 8188
Fax
+61 7 3138 8105
Email
Location
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Social Media
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Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. He is a Chief Investigator with the Digital Media Research Centre, particularly focused on  Digital Media Industries, Economies and Regulation. He is the author of seven books (one edited), 13 research monographs, 42 book chapters, 77 refereed academic journal articles, 13 reports and research monographs, and has been an editor of 12 special issues/themed sections of academic journals and refereed conference proceedings. He has been involved with projects that have received $4.2 million in Australian Research Council and other research funding. He has been a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts for the Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel since 2013, 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 an Executive Board member of the International Communications Association (ICA), serving as a member-at-large representing Oceania and Africa from 2012-14, and is currently Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division. 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 headed the Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication Portfolio in the Creative Industries Faculty. He has also been 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, and oversees research quality strategies, including the ERA submission, in the Faculty.

Keywords

Creative Industries, Global media and communication, Digital journalism, Globalisation & international trade, Internet and social media, Media convergence, Media and citizenship, Media in Asia, Media policy, User-created media content

* 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 Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (Sage, 2013), and Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2007). He edited Creative Industries and Urban Development: Creative Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012).

His most recent book, Media Economics, co-authored with Stuart Cunningham and Adam Swift, was published by Palgrave in May 2015, and an edited collection, Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State will be published by Palgrave in December 2015 (co-edited with Petros Iosifidis and Jeanette Steemers).

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

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, Washington DC, London, Boulder CO, Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, as well as 16 Australian universities.

He is an Executive Board member of the International Communications Association (ICA), as Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division. 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 over $4.2 million in funding, including $1.63 million in Australian Research Council competitive grant 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 is currently 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).
  • Social Media in Times of Crisis, ARC Linkage with Professor Axel Bruns (QUT), Associate Jean Burgess (QUT), Dr. Kate Crawford (Microsoft Research) and industry partners including the Queensland Department of Community Services and the EIDOS Institute.
  • 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). The CCI is the first ARC Centre of Excellence in the arts and humanities in Australia, and in the CCI, I headed the Convergent Media Policy research node. He was a member of the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre, which received $52.3 million in Commonwealth government, industry, public sector and university support over 2008-2014, with industry partners including Fairfax Digital, the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum. He was a member of 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 12 PhD theses and five research Masters theses to completion, and have supervised students from China, Taiwan, Germany, Malaysia, the United States. Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore. He has also supervised students in collaborative projects with industry partners including the Special Broadcasting Service.

This information has been contributed by Professor Terry Flew.

Teaching

Units co-ordinated 2003 – present

Global Media and Communication – I have taught this unit at QUT and in intensive mode at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Creative Industries: Theory and Policy

New Media Technologies

Global Media and Communications Policy

Globalisation and New Media

 

 

Research Higher Degree Supervisions

Completed Students

Student Degree Year Graduated Research Topic
Molly Hankwitz PhD 2011 Cities and wireless media: Social constructions of space and identity
Grant Collins MA (Res) 2010 Documentary & the Era of Post Production: Producing with the catalyst that is VFX (PhD by Creative Work – produced documentary video Making Waves)
Heidi Lenffer MA (Res) 2009 User-generated content and public broadcasters: Case Study of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Vicki Chichuan Chiu (Taiwan) PhD 2009 A Study of Entrepreneurship: Taiwanese Digital Content Companies in China
Mark Ryan PhD 2009 A Dark New World: Producing contemporary Australian horror films
Tanya Notley PhD 2009 Young people, social agency and ‘digital inclusion’: Establishing Creative Online Networks in Queensland, Australia.
Stephen Harrington PhD 2009 Form and Function: The Other ‘Side’ of contemporary Australian News
Tania Lim (Singapore) PhD 2006 Global Cities, Local Knowledge: Formatting and Change in East Asian Television Industries
Sal Humphreys PhD 2006 Massively Multiplayer Online Games: Productive Players and their disruptions to conventional media practices
Harvey May PhD 2004 Australian Multicultural Policy and Television Drama in Comparative Contexts
Kenneth Seah (Singapore) MA 2005 Flexibly Delivered Learning for Higher Education: Comparing Australia and Singapore
Gillian Ching MA (Res) 1999 Influence of the Media in Framing Policy Debates: The Case of Gun Law Reform after the Port Arthur Shootings
David Russell M.Bus (Res) 1998 Discourses of the ‘Information Society’
Danny Boey (Singapore) PhD 2010 The Culture-specificity of Horror Sources in Asian Horror Cinema
Falk Hartig (Germany) PhD 2013 Confucius Institutes and the rise of China: How the PRC uses its cultural institutions abroad to communicate with the world
Angela Lin Huang (China) PhD 2012 A Study of Beijing’s Competitive Advantage as an Emergent Media Capital
Bonnie Liu Rui (China) PhD 2011 Competition and Innovation: Independent Television Companies in China
Seiko Yasumoto PhD 2013 Re-Made in Asia: Transformation, pan- Asian Markets and Popular Culture
This information has been contributed by Professor Terry Flew.

Experience

Inaugural editor of Communication Research and Practice, a Taylor & Francis journal supported by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

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 unviersities, 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 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
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2015
Details
Inaugural Editor of Communication Research and Practice, a new journal published by Taylor & Francis for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, from 2015
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.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
`Media Economics: New Insights from Institutional and Evolutionary Economics¿, keynote presentation to Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, October 16, 2014.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
`Academics and Activists in the Policy Process: Engagement with Australian Media Inquiries 2011-13¿, presented to The Role of Advocacy in Media and Telecom Policy, by-invitation workshop of the New America Foundation, Washington DC, 30 September ¿ 1 October 2013.
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
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
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2010
Details
Expert Advisory Panel, National Academies Forum (NAF), report on Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia, 2009-2010. 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 released in March 2010.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2010
Details
National expert on news developments and the news industry for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assisting in preparation of 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 released April 2010.

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