Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Stuart Cunningham

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
Office of the Exec Dean, CI, Edu & Soc Justice

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Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
Office of the Exec Dean, CI, Edu & Soc Justice,
Office of the Exec Dean, CI, Edu & Soc. Justice


Convergence of technologies, Creative industries development policies, Culture & communication, Diaspora & media, Film & TV education, Higher education policy, Media policy & practice, TV - event TV, Television content (policy & futures)


Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Policy and Administration

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


PhD (Griffith University), MA (McGill University), BA(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships and associations

  • invested as a Member of the Order of Australia, 2015, for ‘significant service to higher education, particularly to the study of media and communications, as an academic and researcher’
  • awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, 2014-15
  • elected to the UK-based Academy of Social Sciences, 2013- (FAcSS)
  • appointed to Cooperative Research Centre Committee, 2012-2015;
  • appointed director of Screen Queensland, 2012-15;
  • appointed to reference panel, National Cultural Policy reference group, 2011-12;
  • appointed to NSW Creative Industries Task Force 2012-2013;
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • elected President, Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), 2006-08;
  • appointed member of the Library Board of Queensland, 2008-11 and 2011-14;
  • appointed member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts 2005-7, and Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the College, 2007;
  • ARC assessor over 17 years;
  • international assessments by invitation for research bodies in Canada, EU, Holland, South Africa, Denmark, New Zealand;
  • Adjunct Professor, Australian National University 2006-8; Visiting Professor City University, London 2008-11, Leverhulme Foundation Visitor, University of St Andrews 2008-9;
  • Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission 1992-98;
  • foundation Chair of QPIX, Queensland's Screen Development Centre, 1997-2005;
  • elected inaugural Fellow of the Cultural and Communication section of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1997 (FAHA) and elected Treasurer, and Council and Executive member of the Academy, 2003-6;
  • Node Convenor, Cultural Technologies, for the ARC Cultural Research Network (CRN), 2004-6;
  • elected board member of the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), 2005-6, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11;
  • appointed to UNESCO’s Australian National Commission Social Science Network, 2005-;
  • Centenary Medal (Australian Honours list) 2003 in recognition of contribution to the humanities in Australia;
  • Honorary Life Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australia, 2000-.

Editorial boards

  • Co-editor, Media Industries Journal

  • Member, editorial boards of Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication, Politics & Culture, She Ji -- The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation (Tongji University), In Media (France), Politicas Culturais Em Revista (Spain), International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (Taiwan), UNESCO Observatory Refereed e-Journal (UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts).


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