Creative Industries

School of Communication

About the School

We provide authentic learning experiences focused on:

In our courses, students analyse communication dynamics in local and international environments and develop professional expertise for graduates who will be employed in these rapidly evolving environments. Students engage with written, spoken, and visual literacies as well as evolving digital media platforms in the communication industries.

All our courses are infused by our world-leading research, primarily based in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre. Our research in Communication and Media Studies has been ranked first in Australia in 2016 and 2017 and in the top 24 in the world by QS World University Rankings. We are also the only university that has been ranked “well above world standard” in Communication and Media Studies by the Australian Government in every national research quality assessment exercise since 2010.

QUT Digital Media Research Centre

The Digital Media Research Centre conducts world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the social, cultural and economic transformations associated with digital media technologies.

Visit the Digital Media Research Centre website


Our expert team of researchers and teaching staff in the School of Communication.

School management team

Head of School

Professor Patrik Wikstrom

Discipline leader (Media and Communication)

Associate Professor John Banks

Discipline Leader (Journalism; Professional Communication)

Associate Professor Stephen Harrington

Program director

Associate Professor Susan Carson

Director – DMRC

Professor Jean Burgess

Associate director – DMRC

Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni

HDR training coordinator

Dr Peta Mitchell

School coordinator

Mrs Karen Brindley

Executive Support Officer

Ms Wendy Freeman

Teaching and research staff

Distinguished professor

Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham


Professor Axel Bruns

Associate professors

Associate Professor Angela Romano

Associate Professor Leo Bowman

Senior lecturers

Dr Christina Spurgeon

Dr Elija Cassidy

Dr Glen Thomas

Dr Jason Sternberg

Dr Kevin Sanson

Dr Lesley Hawkes

Dr Linda Pollard


Ms Ann Lund

Dr Anne-Frances Watson

Ms Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez

Mr Brad Turner

Mr Daniel Padua

Ms Lesley Irvine

Mr Michael Klaehn

Mr Mark Piccini

Ms Pia Wikstrom

Ms Susan Hetherington

Ms Tess Van Hemert

Ms Tiania Stevens

Dr T.J. Thomson

Associate lecturers

Mr Graham Klaassen

Ms Kathryn Hedge

Postdoctoral research fellows

Brendan Keogh

Research Associates

Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals

Dr Kim Osman


Creative Industries Faculty

  • Postal address:
    QUT Creative Industries Faculty
    Musk Ave
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059