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The Digital Media Research Centre’s Digital Media Industries, Economies and Regulation program aims to critically advance conceptual and practical understanding of the real-world challenges of digital media convergence for media businesses, industries, professionals and policy-makers at the local, national and international levels. Our researchers focus on digital media industries in transition, transformations of culture and media in the digital economy, new challenges for media regulation and governance, and the impact of digital transformations on the nature of creative work in the media and entertainment industries.

We’re particularly interested in digital transformations in the Asia-Pacific region arising from the rapid growth in digital and social media use—and Australia’s place within it.

Program leaders

Available topics

Expressions of interest are now being accepted for higher degree research on:

  • Digital disruption and the creative industries—national, regional and global perspectives
  • The future of communications, cultural and media policy, law, and regulation
  • The impact of digital transformations on the nature of creative work in the media and entertainment industries
  • ‘Innovation in and through Australian creative industries’ — a PhD topic connected to an Australia Research Council Linkage Grant 2018-2020: Australian cultural & creative activity: A population & ‘hotspot’ analysis and supervised by Stuart Cunningham, Greg Hearn, and Patrik Wikström

How to apply

Applicants with excellent academic track records (equal to an Australian bachelor degree with first class honours) or equivalent research experience may be eligible for competitive PhD scholarships to undertake study with us.

Check the application requirements and eligibility for the annual scholarship round and fill out our online Expression of Interest form. If you are unable to access the online form, please email the DMRC's Research Training Coordinator for a Word version.

Study level
PhD, Masters
Organisational unit

Digital Media Research Centre

Research areas
digital media, digital media industries, economy, regulation, governance, dynamics of digital media, communication, digital disruption, creative industries, creative work


Contact the DMRC's Research Training Coordinator for further information.