Assoc Prof Mark Ryan

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Associate Professor, School of Creative Practice

Ph.D (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), BA Hons (First Class) (Mass Communication) (University of Southern Qld), BA (Mass Communication) (University of Southern Qld)

Dr. Mark Ryan, publishing as Mark David Ryan, is an Associate Professor in film and screen and a Chief Investigator for the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC). He is an expert in screen industries research, Australian genre cinema,  genre film studies, and digital media.

He is a Chief Investigator of various funded research projects:

  • Valuing Web Series: Economic, Industrial, Cultural and Social Value (LP180100626)(2019-2023)
  • Australian Cultural & Creative Activity: A Population & Hotspot Analysis (LP160101724)(2017-2020)
  • 2018 Innovation Connections Grant
  • 2018 QUT, Institute of Future Environments (IFE) Catapult Project

Mark was also received the 2018 AFI Research Fellowship, at the AFI Research Collection, Australian Film Institute and RMIT University.

He was the President of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAAZ) between 2015 and 2018 and an Executive Member of Australian Screen Producers Education and Research Association (ASPERA) in 2015/2016. He is the co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 – an examination of Australian feature films by popular movie genre.

His research has been published in leading film and media studies journals, including New Review of Film & Television Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture and Policy, Senses of Cinema, and Studies in Australasian Cinema. His book chapters appear in collections published by leading international academic publishers including Routledge, Sage, University of Toronto Press, University of Ottawa Press, and Bloomsbury Press. Mark has edited special issues in key film and media journals. He is currently editing a Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) conference special issue (10.2; 2016) for Studies in Australasian Cinema. In 2010, he was invited to edit ‘Australasian Horror’ (4:1; 2010), a special issue for Studies in Australasian Cinema and the first journal issue dedicated to Australian and New Zealand horror cinema research articles. In the same year he edited the special issue ‘Film, Cinema, Screen’ (no. 136; 2010) for Australia’s premiere media and communications journal Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture and Policy, and was invited to edit the ‘Horror Movies’ (pp.188-207; 2010) section of the first edition of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand.

In 2014, Mark was the chief investigator of an empirical study titled ‘How is Australian Cinema Studies Taught in Australian Universities’. He was a chief investigator of the second Australian Screen Producer (ASP) survey, a nation-wide study of the motivations and practices of screen producers in four key industry sectors: film, television, corporate production and digital media. In 2015, Mark co-convened the XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) which brought together researchers from Australia and New Zealand as well as China, Italy, and the US. Mark has supervised five PHD theses and two Master’s theses – both traditional research theses and practice-led research projects – investigating a diverse range of subjects including horror studies, film and television studies, animation studies, and public diplomacy and cultural industries.

Projects

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Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2015
Details
President of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ) from November 2015 until November 2018.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2015
Details
Executive Member of Australian Screen Producers Education and Research Association (ASPERA), the national body for practical screen education and research, and served in this role between July 2015 and July 2016.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award 2015. In recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of a university.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Convener the XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference held at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 1 to 3 July, 2015.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
I received the Star Supervisor Award for outstanding Higher Degree Research Supervision. Awarded by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, 7 August 2015.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (team), 8 July 2010
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (July 2010)
Title
Valuing Web Series: Economic, Industrial, Cultural and Social Value
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP180100626
Start year
2019
Keywords
online, creatives, screen, digital content makers,web series festivals
Title
Australian Cultural and Creative Activity: A Population and Hotspot Analysis
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP160101724
Start year
2017
Keywords
Title
Production Cultures in Transition: Examining the 21st Century Australian Screen Producer
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2011
Keywords
Film And Television; Film Production; Interactive Media; Internet Broadcasting; Transmedia
  • Extreme Sports as Entertainment: Understanding Aesthetic Form, Style and Characteristics of Extreme Sports Films
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Christy Collis
  • Social Change and the Development of Private Television Channels in Bangladesh
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Kevin Sanson
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