Project status: In progress

This research explores a range of possible scenarios in relation to how we understand the development of the creative industries in China.

It brings together the perspectives developed in CCi's International Content Cultures and Crisis in Innovation into dialogue with the most rapidly developing and transforming country in the world. It asks questions such as: to what extent might China's creative emergence based on a high degree of government intervention provide a way forward for other Asian countries?

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Research leader
Research team
Organisational unit
Lead unit ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Start date
1 January 2008
End date
1 January 2010
Research areas


The core activity in this project is desk research and publishing.

Michael Keane has been invited to participate in a number of international events:

  • Asian Creativity in Technology and Culture (keynote Trondheim University, Norway 2008)
  • Shanghai Creative Industry Week keynote Oct 2009
  • China (Guangzhou) International Cultural Industry Forum (keynote, Nov. 2009)
  • Creative China Harmonious World (Keynote Nanjing Oct. 2009 and Chengde 2008)
  • conference and speaking engagements in Denmark, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

Weihong Zhang is often consulted by Chinese international forum organizing committees at the national and municipal level, such as

  • China High Tech Expo in Beijing in May
  • China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen in November
  • Beijing International Cultural Creative Industries Expo
  • Wuhu International Cartoon Industry Trade Fair
  • Shanghai Industry Week
  • Hangzhou Cultural Industries Expo.

She is organizing the panel on the theme of eco-Smart solutions for the renewable city for the International Forum on Energy Saving, Emission Reduction and New Energy at the 11th China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen.

In April 2009, Weihong Zhang was invited by X Media Lab, internationally renowned digital media think-tank to attend its Suzhou Lab on Wealth of Animation; and then was invited by KaosPilots, Denmark Business School and Play, part of the US strategic consultancy Prophet company on a three-day guided Shanghai Inspiration Tour with a select group of leaders.

Chinese colleagues at Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, Beijing Cultural and Language University, Chinese Academy of Sciences often sought Weihong Zhang's contribution to up-to-date literature review and included her in their successful grant bid for Beijing Social Science Fund and even a very large-scale 973 project.

Publications and output

An intensive catalogue of publications and journal articles. See Dean's Research Seminar Booklet for more details.