Prof Terry Flew


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Assistant Dean

Ph.D (Griffith University), MEcon (University of Sydney), BEcon(Hons) (University of Sydney)

Background Terry Flew is an international recognised leader in media and communications, with research interests in digital media, global media, media policy, creative industries, media economics, and the future of journalism. He is the author of Australia’s leading new media textbook, New Media: An Introduction, which has sold over 15,000 copies over four editions (2002, 2005, 2008, 2014). He is also the author of Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2018 – second edition), Media Economics (Palgrave, 2015), Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (Sage, 2013). He has edited Willing Collaborators: Refashioning Content for the Chinese Media Market (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, with Michale Keane and Brian Yecies). Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (Palgrave, 2016, with Petros Iosifidis and Jeanette Steemers), and Creative Industries and Urban Development: Creative Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012).

 

His work has been published in leading international media, communications and cultural studies journals including Media, Culture and Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, Global Media and ChinaInternational Journal of Communication, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and International Journal of Cultural Studies. His work has been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Polish and Turkish.

 

In 2011-12 he was seconded from QUT to become a Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission, chairing the National Classification Scheme Review, commissioned to lead this review by the Attorney-General of Australia. The Final Report, Classification – Content Regulation and Convergent Media (ALRC Report 118) was tabled in the Australian Federal parliament in March 2012.

 

He has also advised policy makers and policy communities in Australia and internationally, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), New America Foundation, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Media Development Authority of Singapore, Russian Association of Electronic Communication, Productivity Commission, Gilbert + Tobin, and the Special Minister of State of the Australian Federal government.

 

He is an internationally recognised leading scholar in media and communications, having undertaken keynote presentations to conferences and symposia in Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Jakarta, Bandung, Tokyo, Seoul, Washington, DC, Boulder, CO, Los Angeles, London, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tainan, and Auckland, as well as 18 Australian universities.   He is an Executive Board member of the International Communications Association (ICA), and has been Chair of the Global Communications and Social Change Division from 2015-17. He previously served as member-at-large representing Oceania and Africa from 2012-14. In 2014, he hosted a major ICA Regional Conference held at QUT in Brisbane.

 

He has been engaged with research projects that have received $6.4 million in funding. He has been actively involved in three major collaborative projects that have been among the first of their kind in the arts and humanities in Australia: the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the ARC Cultural Research Network, and the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre. He has recently been a Chief Investigator on the following projects:

  • The Platform Governance Project: Rethinking Internet Regulation as Media Policy, ARC Discovery with Assoc. Prof. Nicolas Suzor (QUT), Dr. Fiona Martin (Sydney) and Assoc. Prof. Tim Dwyer (Sydney).
  • Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia: Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere, ARC Discovery with Professor Brian McNair (QUT) and Dr. Stephen Harrington (QUT).
  • Willing Collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production, with Professor Michael Keane (Curtin), Dr. Brian Yecies (Wollongong), Professor Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Professor Michael Curtin (University of California Santa Barbara).

He has been First Chief Investigator on: Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication: ARC Linkage 2006-2009, with the Special Broadcasting Service, Cisco Systems and On Line Opinion. The project web site you decide 2007, developed for the 2007 Australian Federal election, was identified by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy as an exemplar of community engagement in the digital economy. Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia’s Suburban and Peri-Urban Communities: ARC Discovery 2008-2010. Outputs from this project included special issues of the journals International Journal of Cultural Studies, The Information Society and M/C.

 

He has been Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), and was a member of the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre, and the Cultural Research Network during 2005-2009. He has also been a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant with Kids Help Line to develop interactive web-based counselling for young people, and an ARC Discovery grant on creative industries in China post-WTO accession.   He was also  a co-author of two Evaluations and Investigations Program reports for the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, New Media and Borderless Education (1997) and The Business of Borderless Education (2000).

 

Professor Flew has supervised 15 PhD theses and five research Masters theses to completion, and have supervised students from China, Taiwan, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore.   He has also supervised students in collaborative projects with industry partners including the Special Broadcasting Service. He currently supervises PhD theses, on: entertainment media and Chinese soft power; social media use among the Chinese diaspora in Australia; social media and public sector reform in Indonesia; digital media literacy and political activism among Indonesian youth; and broadband media and digital creative industries in northern Queensland. He has assessed 18 PhD theses, from universities in Australia, Jamaica and Pakistan.

Projects (Chief investigator)

Projects

Additional information

  • Founding editor of Communication Research and Practice, a Taylor & Francis journal supported by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • Chair of the Academic Committee of the Asia-Pacific Communication Assocaition
  • Member of Expert Advisory Committee for the Masters of Digital Communication Leadership, an EU Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree encompasses economic-managerial, technological and media and communication knowledge with social responsibility and ethical-cultural dimensions of digital communication. The consortium involves three lead universities in Europe, and five partner universities in the USA, Brazil, China, Ghana and Australia (QUT), as well as industry partners.
  • National expert on news developments and the news industry for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assisting in preparation of “The Future of News and the Internet” report of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy, Working Party on the Information Economy, The Evolution of News and the Internet (DSTI/ICCP/IE (2009) 14), report published April 2010.
  • Expert Advisory Panel, National Academies Forum (NAF), report on Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia. The National Academies Forum brings together the four national academies (Australian Academy of Humanities, Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. The project was funded through the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) program of the Australian Research Council, and the final report was in March 2010.
  • Advisor to the Information, Communication, Journalism, Media and Technology Steering Committee, University of Colorado – Boulder, on development of a new College of Media, Design and the Arts. External assessor of Bachelor of Communications degree program, School of Arts, University of New England, July 2009.
  • Reviewer of research grant applications for the European Science Foundation, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and The Marsden Fund (New Zealand).
  • Advisor to Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) on science communication in Australian universities, providing input into the DIISR Science in the Media Working Group, 2011.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2019
Details
President of the International Communications Association (ICA). The ICA is the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious communications association, with over 6,000 members worldwide. I am the organizer of the 69th ICA Annual Conference in Washington, DC in May 2019, when I also become ICA President.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
invited keynote presentation to Global Perspectives, Chinese Characteristics: Journalism & Communication and the Good Life in the Digital Age, Chinese National Association of History for Journalism and Communication Annual Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 27 October 2018.. The paper was titled ¿Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future: Lessons from Media History for Digital Platform Governance¿, and can be accessed on SSRN.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Invited keynote presentation to Korean Association for Broadcasting and Telecommunication Studies (KABS) 30th annual conference, Seoul, South Korea, 17-19 August. The paper was titled 'Technology and Trust: The Challenge of Regulating Digital Platforms', and can be accessed at SSRN.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
I gave the invited keynote presentation to Multiple Realities, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 4-6 July 2018. The title was ¿Digital Communication, the Crisis of Trust, and the Post-Global¿, and the paper is published in Communication Research and Practice 5(1), pp. 4-22.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
I am Chair of the Academic Committee of the Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance (APCA). The APCA was founded in Beijing, China in October 2018, and involves representatives of 18 communication, journalism and media associations across the Asia-Pacific.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2018
Details
Elected to Executive Board of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), 2018
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2017
Details
Expert of the China Institute for Cultural Trade Research, National Institute for Cultural Development, Beijing International Studies University (BISU).
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2013
Details
Membership of Australian Research Council College of Experts, Humanities and Creative arts Panel, 2013-15. Responsibility for assessing ARC Discovery, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA), Discovery - Indigenous, Linkage, and Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2012
Details
Appointment to Research Evaluation Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 round.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2011
Details
Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission Seconded to ALRC in May 2011 to chair Review of Censorship and Classification in Australia. Appointed until February 2012.
Title
Willing collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP140101643
Start year
2014
Keywords
China; media industries; screen co-productions
Title
Politics, media and democracy in Australia: public and producer perceptions of the political public sphere
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130100705
Start year
2013
Keywords
public sphere; citizenship; journalism
Title
Convergent Media Policy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2012
Keywords
Convergent Media; Media Policy
Title
Social media in times of crisis: learning from recent natural disasters to improve future strategies
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120100627
Start year
2012
Keywords
Natural Disasters; Social Media; Communication; Media; Internet
Title
Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia's Suburban and Peri Urban Communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877133
Start year
2008
Keywords
Creative Industries; Cultural Studies; Suburban Communities; Innovation Culture and Economy; Cultural Geography; Urban Planning;
Title
Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0669434
Start year
2007
Keywords
journalism; media; citizenship; Internet; electronic democracy; peer to peer online publishing;
Title
Internationalising creative industries: China the WTO and the knowledge-based economy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0345907
Start year
2003
Keywords
creative industries; knowledge economy; media and communication; Chinese creative industries
  • Changing dynamics of digital enteratinment media in China
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, Dr Mark Ryan
  • The Role of Social Media for Indonesia's Presidential Communication Strategy
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Clive Bean
  • Knowledge Exchange and Innovation in the Creative Industries: A comparative analysis of Brisbane and Shenzhen through the Triple Helix framework
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Greg Hearn
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