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Dr Ben Goldsmith
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Communication and Media Studies, Film, Television and Digital Media
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PhD (University of Queensland)

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Member of the Digital Media Research Centre.


Australian film, television and digital media, Screen and media education, Film and television production, Digital media production, Sports television, Mobile apps, Production studies, Creative Labour, Media policy

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


I am Senior Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), based at Queensland University of Technology. I am a member of the Digital Media Research Centre, QUT.  I have previously held academic positions at Swinburne University, the University of Queensland, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and Griffith University. Areas of Research: My principal current work relates to the ARC Linkage Project ‘Australian Screen Content in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education: Uses and Potential’ (Chief Investigators: Stuart Cunningham and Michael Dezuanni). Along with industry partners Screen Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), we are investigating the use of Australian screen content in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Over 2014-2016, researchers and investigators are undertaking a national survey and conducting field work in schools and universities around the country. We are interviewing  industry representatives, teachers, principals, librarians and students, and conducting classroom observations and focus groups to develop a comprehensive picture of why, how, how much and where Australian screen content is used in education. I have researched and published on a wide range of media subjects since the mid-1990s including Australian film and television, media production and globalization, media and cultural policy, sports media, audiences and social media, public service broadcasting, and smartphone apps. I have been a member of the Creative Workforce Program at the CCI since 2011. With Greg Hearn, Ruth Bridgstock and Jess Rodgers, I co-edited both the book Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014) and a special issue of the Journal of Education and Work (forthcoming) on the embedded creative employment. I have particular interests in digital professions, and in the provision of creative services to the banking industry. Between 2011 and 2012 I wrote three major submissions for the CCI to the federal government’s inquiry into the future of media and communications regulation in Australia, known as the Convergence Review. Over the last two decades I have worked on academic projects and research consultancies for a variety of partners and clients. In 2001 I was lead author (with Julian Thomas, Stuart Cunningham and Tom O’Regan) of the report The Future of Local Content? Options for Emerging Technologies for the Australian Broadcasting Authority, and in 2003 I co-authored (with Tom O’Regan) a report for the Australian Film Commission, entitled Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex. This latter work provided the foundation for the subsequent books The Film Studio: Film Production in a Global Economy (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 – coauthored with Tom O’Regan), and Local Hollywood: Global Film Production and the Gold Coast (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2010 – coauthored with Susan Ward and Tom O’Regan). During my employment at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (2004-10), I was AFTRS representative on the ARC Linkage project ‘Outside the Box: The Future of Television’, led by Professor Ross Gibson (UTS/University of Sydney), with partners including Foxtel and ACMA. Since 2000, I have been involved with the International Network for Cultural Diversity, a network of artists, arts organisations and cultural workers, that was formed to provide the arts sector with a voice in international debates around free trade agreements and their potential impacts on cultural policies and the cultural sector. I have provided advice and spoken at INCD events in Greece, South Africa, Croatia, Switzerland, and China, as well as contributing to the network’s various interventions leading up to, and since, the creation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Between 2000 and 2013, I have presented at or convened over 70 conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia and overseas. These have included keynote presentations to national teachers’ conferences in Australia and New Zealand; to the inaugural conference of French scholars working on English language cinemas; and to a workshop for non-government organisations on cultural policy and free trade in Amsterdam.  

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