This 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
- 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.
Our researchers apply a range of interdisciplinary approaches and methods from the applied humanities and the social sciences, including those derived from:
- law and critical legal studies
- social science institutionalism
- policy studies and regulatory theory
- anthropology and digital ethnography
- innovation theories
- behavioural and evolutionary economics
Our methods are developed in a complementary manner to the disciplinary heartlands of communication, media and cultural studies, including work undertaken at QUT and elsewhere on creative industries, the digital creative economy, and the creative workforce.
- New digital screen ecologies and their implications for media industries.
- Internet governance and the changing role of online intermediaries.
- The uses of Australian screen content in education.
- The Australian games industry and digital innovation.
- New forms of collaboration in East Asian media production.
- Emerging music usage metrics and the impact on the Australian music economy.
- Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy.
- The mapping of shifts in the creative workforce and their implications for education and professional skills development.
- Capabilities for Australian enterprise innovation.
- The impact of digital transformations on work and employment in the media and entertainment industries.
- Comparative studies of media and cultural producers in Australia and China.
Student research projects
- The regulation and governance of social media.
- Interactions between users and algorithms on digital content platforms.
- The Chinese digital diaspora and their uses of social media.
- The new creative and professsional identities arising out of digital media convergence.
- The role of digital media in democratic government in Indonesia.
- An analysis of prejudicial publicity in social media.
- Comparative stuides of the ‘Netflix economy’ and IPTV.
We have developed significant internantional partnerships with univerisites and research centres in:
- the United States
We also have strong relationships with organisations including: