Professor Kevin Sanson

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication

Personal details


Head of School
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication


media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries


Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies

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


  • PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Professional memberships and associations

Dr Sanson is an active member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and the International Communication Association (ICA). As a graduate student, he was elected to serve on the SCMS Board of Directors. He continues to volunteer for committee work and regularly presents at the annual conference. He also serves as a member of the review board for the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and an external academic advisor for Lingnan University's postgraduate course on Creative and Media Industries.


Kevin has taught courses on creative labor; global media; cinema history; media and cultural studies; and race, ethnicity, and the media, among others. At QUT, he teaches into the School of Communication's Entertainment and Media Industries degree program. Kevin welcomes post-graduate students with interests in critical media industry studies, including projects on but not limited to labor, globalization, and internet distribution. Past and current supervisions include topics such as:

  • Digital distribution and Nollywood
  • Political economy of Bangladesh media
  • Advertising, technological change, and entrepreneurial careers
  • 'Blockbuster' museum exhibitions
  • Myanmar music industry and copyright regulations
  • Chinese social media influencers
  • Indian content creators and streaming media services

He also supervises two highly successful international experiential learning opportunities (i.e., "study tours"):

  • How Hollywood Works (June) takes undergraduate students to Los Angeles where we meet with film and television professionals, all at different points in their career and working for different organizations, and visit a number of cultural sites with significance to the entertainment industry to learn about how Hollywood works as both a place and industry.  The experience includes attending the annual 'Produced by Conference.'
  • Buying and Selling Global Entertainment (October) takes students to Cannes, France, where they attend the annual MIPCOM international television sales market and conference to learn about the global trends shaping the entertainment marketplace. The experience includes close mentorship from Australian broadcasters and distributors at the market, and time spent in London and Paris.


Selected publications

QUT ePrints

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Research projects