The Team


    Over the past several years, the CCI has established a tradition of offering high-quality professional development for its doctoral students and early career researchers. It is a cross-disciplinary, internationally focused centre which draws on highly talented researchers and students from across Australia, embracing both theoretical and applied research in media, cultural and communication studies, law, education, economics and business and information technology. Twice annually, the centre holds two dedicated workshops for its postgraduate and early career researchers, with significant mentoring provided by senior CCI staff. This experience will be shared with those who join us for the Winter School.

    The Centre’s senior research staff have expertise in a wide range of areas and many of them will be participating in the Winter School as speakers and mentors. Below is a confirmed list of Special Guests and Mentors.

    Special Guests

     Dr Anne Galloway is Senior Lecturer in Design Research at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. Coming from a background in anthropology and social studies of science and technology, Anne’s work focusses on emergent media technologies and the importance of human/nonhuman relations in processes and products of cultural (re)production. Since 2011 she has been leading a NZ Royal Society Marsden Fund project that combines ethnographic methods and speculative design practices to explore possible futures for ubiquitous computing, mobile media and farming. You can find her online at and on Twitter @annegalloway.
    Heather Horst
    Heather A. Horst is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia and Co-Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She is currently involved in three collaborative research projects on mobile and social media in the Caribbean and Pacific funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, ABC International Development and the Australian Research Council. Her books include: The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller 2006), Kids Living and Learning with New Media: Findings from the Digital Youth Project (Ito, Horst, 2009), Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (with Ito, et al., 2010) and Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller, eds. 2012). Her research has been published in a range of journals in anthropology, media and communication including Social Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Journal of Material Culture, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Global Networks, Identities, International Journal of Communication and Media International Australia.
    Ben Light is Associate Dean – Research and Innovation in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Digital Media, in the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media. He is also a member of the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre and sits on the University’s Digital Cluster Executive. He interested in how people get different kinds of technologies to work for them on an everyday basis. He started out looking at this in the 1990s, generally in the workplace. However, since then developments outside work have tended to hold his attention more. His current research agenda centres on analysing the development and use of the Internet and Digital Games, specifically as related to health and wellbeing, engagement, gender and sexuality. Recent publications include: Crawford et. al. (2011) Online Gaming in Context (Routledge) and Light et. al. (2012) ‘Connect and create’: Young people, YouTube and Graffiti Communities (Journal of Media & Cultural Studies). He is a senior editor of the Journal of Information Technology and a member of the editorial board of New Media and Society. Patrik Wikström is an Associate Professor of Music Industry at Northeastern University. Dr. Wikström’s research is primarily focused on innovation and learning in music and media organizations. He is the author of ‘The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud’ at Polity Press and has published his research in journals such as Technovation, International Journal of Media Management, Journal of Media Business Studies, Journal of Music Business Studies and Popular Music & Society. Dr. Wikström has served as a faculty member at Karlstad University (Sweden), Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and he has been a visiting scholar at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia). Dr. Wikström received his Ph.D. from Karlstad University in Media and Communication Studies and he is a graduate from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) where he received a master’s degree from the School of Technology Management and Economics. Before his academic career, Dr. Wikström worked in the European media and telecom industry where he held positions as business development manager and strategy consultant.

    CCI Mentors

    Dr John Banks is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Creative Industries Faculty, QUT. He is also a researcher with the CCI. He researches and publishes on media co-creativity and innovation (user-led innovation, user-created content, online social networks) in the creative industries, especially videogames and interactive entertainment. He is particularly interested in the relationships among industry professionals and innovative, creative users and consumers. His past decade research on the topic of co-creativity in the videogames industry is culminating in the forthcoming book Co-creating Videogames (Bloomsbury Academic).
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    Dr Ruth Bridgstock is a Research Fellow in the CCI and Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at QUT. She researches lifelong individual creative career development in the 21st century, and how higher and further education can contribute to creative career success. Ruth’s fellowship project, Creating Innovators, is concerned with building and testing theory relating to effective university education for careers in the innovation sectors. Ruth’s research interests relate to lifelong individual career and organisational development in the post-compulsory education and business contexts of the 21st century. Her PhD research took a longitudinal approach to the investigation of individual and contextual predictors of graduate employability and early career success in the creative industries.

    Associate Professor Axel Bruns is a Chief Investigator in the CCI. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and the editor of Uses of Blogs with Joanne Jacobs (2006; all released by Peter Lang, New York). Bruns is an expert on the impact of user-led content creation, or produsage, and his current work focusses especially on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, especially in the context of acute events. His research blog is at, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See for more details on his current social media research.
    Jean Burgess is a Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, QUT and Deputy Director at the CCI. She has published widely on issues of cultural participation in new media contexts, focusing particularly on user-created content, online social networks, and co-creative media such as digital storytelling. Her current research focuses on methodological innovation in the context of the changing media ecology, and in particular on the development of computational methods for media and communication studies.
    Angela Daly is a postdoctoral researcher in media and communications law at Swinburne and a 4th year PhD researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, working on a thesis entitled ‘corporate dominance of the Internet’ which will be defended in 2013. In 2012, she was a visiting researcher at the Law School at Stanford University, California, and held the position of International Legal Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. In 2011 she was a visiting researcher at the Dipartimento Cesare Beccaria at the Universita degli Studi di Milano and managed the New Media sub-project of the EUI’s FP7 MEDIADEM activities. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the MediaLaws blog. She holds an LLM in International and Comparative Law from the EUI, an LLM in French and European law from the Universite de Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and an MA in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, University of Oxford.
    Michael Keane is a Principal Research Fellow at the CCI. He has provided expertise for a number of international consultancies in relation to emerging East Asian creative economies and written numerous book and articles on Chinese and East Asian creative industries. His book Created in China: the Great New Leap Forward was the first account of China’s acceptance of the idea of the creative economy. His current work, China’s New Creative Clusters, is a study of several of China’s most well known creative clusters. He is the leader of the Asian Creative Transformations program in CCI.
    Dr Tama Leaver is a lecturer in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, and a research fellow in the ARC Centre for Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation working in Curtin’s Centre for Culture and Technology. His research interests include social media, online identity and media distribution, and he has published in a number of journals including Popular Communication, Media International Australia, Comparative Literature Studies and the Fibreculture journal. He is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012) and is currently completing a monograph with Matthew Allen about the concept of web presence. Tama is @tamaleaver on Twitter, and his main web presence is
    Photo of Dr Ramon Lobato Ramon Lobato is an ARC postdoctoral research fellow with CCi, based at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. His primary research area is audiovisual distribution, with a focus on informal and pirate networks. His book Shadow Economies of Cinema (British Film Institute, 2012) examines how film circulates – both legally and illegally – in sites across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Americas. He is currently working on a four-year ARC Discovery project about interactions between formal and informal media systems, and is co-editor of the book Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives (Routledge 2012).
    Dr Nicolas Suzor is a researcher in intellectual property and technology law at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and a Lecturer in the Law School at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. His current research examines commons-based models for the production of cultural goods, including collective-action open access models, free and open source software, creative commons, and crowdfunding. Nic teaches intellectual property, internet law, constitutional law, open content licensing, and jurisprudence in the law school’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Nic has published broadly in copyright and technology law issues, including graduated response schemes, parody and satire in copyright, legal issues associated with free software, and the legitimate governance of virtual communities.
      Darryl Woodford is a researcher at the ARC CCI Centre for Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation, located at Queensland University of Technology. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, he completed a Master of Science in Media Technology and Games at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with a thesis examining the agency of avatars in virtual environments.His primary research considers the community regulation of online gaming environments and other platforms, whilst his other research interests include ludic structures in everyday life, cheating, the gaming industry and the contemporary use of social networks such as Twitter.
    elaine zhao1 Elaine Jing Zhao is a postdoctoral research fellow CCI at QUT. She has been researching and publishing on digital media, creative economy, user co-creation, and their social, cultural and economic implications. Currently Elaine takes part in two ARC funded Discovery Projects. One project explores the interactions between formal and informal media economies in film, television and online media distribution in the Asia-Pacific. The other examines the role of mobile technology and social networking strategies in facilitating health behavior change, particularly ‘responsible drinking behavior’, among young women. Elaine is also coordinating the Asian Creative Transformations project with Prof. Michael Keane.