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Distinguished Professor John Hartley
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Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies
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DLitt (University of Wales)


Creative industries, Cultural Science, Cultural studies, Digital literacy, Indigenous issues in media, Journalism studies, Media Studies, Television studies

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


John Hartley is an educator, author, researcher and commentator on the history and cultural impact of television, journalism, popular media and creative industries. In 2006 he was appointed as the first Distinguished Professor at Queensland University of Technology.  In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia (Member of the General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He was one of three recipients worldwide of the 2009 China Creative Industry Individual Honorary Prize at the 4th China Cultural & Creative Industries Annual Summit and Expo, Beijing.In 2005 he won a five-year Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship, the highest ARC research fellowship, and the only Federation Fellow ever awarded to QUT. Since 2005 he has been Research Director of the only Centre of Excellence in the Humanities/Creative Arts field, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). In 2008 the CCI won a second term, to the end of 2013.Hartley is Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University; Visiting Professor of City University, London; the University of Southern Denmark; previously at New York University; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was invited to Peking University for its centenary events. John Hartley was Foundation Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT (2000-2005), and a Company Director of CIP Pty Ltd. He led the development of QUT’s new Creative Industries Faculty (2000-2005), and of the Creative Industries Precinct in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village. The $65m Precinct houses state-of-the-art teaching, research, commercial and performance facilities that are redefining the purpose and direction of creative higher education internationally.Previously he was founding head of the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in the UK, and held posts at Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities in Western Australia. Hartley has published 20 books and over 150 papers on journalism, culture and media; and more recently the creative industries. Some books, including the co-authored Reading Television, have become standard works and international bestsellers, translated into over a dozen languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Spanish and numerous European languages. Recent books include:

  • Uses of Digital Literacy (UQP 2009)
  • Story circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World (Wiley-Blackwell 2009)
  • Television Truths (Wiley-Blackwell 2008)
  • Creative Industries (Blackwell 2005)
  • A Short History of Cultural Studies (Sage 2003)
  • The Indigenous Public Sphere (Oxford UP 2000, with Alan McKee)
  • Uses of Television (Routledge 1999)
  • Popular Reality (Arnold 1996). 

Hartley has worked as a research consultant with David Jones Ltd, Dell Computers, and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission. He has won multi-million dollar research funding from the ARC, partnering with the media, museum, arts, youth and policy sectors. He pioneered research in the creative industries both in Australia and in China, and has been a leading figure in the study of popular media, culture, journalism and communications since the 1970s. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage, London) and serves on the board of a number of academic journals in media, culture and communication. He has contributed to many broadcast, press, publishing, curatorial and film projects in Australia, the USA and UK. He is publisher and editor of Hartley has served on ministerial advisory bodies for the Federal Government (international education), the Queensland Government (educational renewal); and provided expert advice to the Indonesian Minister of Trade and the Chinese Government (though CELAP). He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal. 

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