Project Chief Investigators
Professor Carl Grodach
Carl Grodach is Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning & Design at Monash University. His research focuses on community-level impacts of the arts and cultural industries and the impact of urban cultural policy and planning on urban development outcomes. Grodach has published extensively in leading urban studies, planning, and cultural policy journals; he is co-editor of the book, The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2013) and co-author of Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (Routledge, 2015). Grodach teaches community development, cultural planning, economic development, urban design, and urban revitalization. He also regularly provides consulting service to non-profit and governmental organisations and, in conjunction with his students, has produced a number of award-winning neighbourhood revitalisation plans.
Professor Chris Gibson
University of Wollongong
Chris Gibson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Wollongong (UOW), and Director of the UOW Global Challenges Program. His research addresses questions of urban and regional economic and environmental change, vulnerability and resilience. Chris has published over 100 academic papers and 10 books on diverse topics – from the contributions of festivals to regional development, to the history and geography of niche industries including music, surfboard-making and guitar manufacturing. His current collaborative projects focus on economic geographies of enterprise formation at the interface of the creative industries and manufacturing, and policy-making towards the future of manufacturing cities and regions. From 2010-2013 Chris was an inaugural ARC Future Fellow, and in 2013 was the lead international expert contributor to the United Nations Creative Economy Report. Chris is currently Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal, Australian Geographer.
Professor Justin O’Connor
University of South Australia
Justin O’Connor is Professor of Creative Economy at University of South Australia. He is also visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University, where he jointly runs a Global Cultural Economy research hub. He heads the research unit Culture Media Economy , is program leader for the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries. He is part of the UNESCO ‘Expert Facility’, supporting the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, a board member of Renew Australia and convenes the Global Cultural Economy Network.
Dr Xin Gu
Xin Gu is Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Monash University. Her PhD thesis was a study of cultural industries policy initiatives in Manchester (UK), where she focused on the function of networking for agglomeration, sustainability and policy delivery. Xin has published widely on subjects of urban creative clusters and agglomeration; cultural work, creative entrepreneurship; creative and cultural industries policy; media and city; maker culture and cyberculture in China.
Dr Andrew Warren
University of Wollongong
Andrew Warren is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography and ARC DECRA Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Prior to commencing at UOW in 2015, he taught geography and planning at the University of New England. His research focuses on labour and the shifting geographies and cultures of work, and impacts of industrial and technological change. Empirically his research focuses on industrial cities and regions, and geographies of manufacturing. He is the author of Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers (University of Hawaii Press, 2014).
Project Research Team
Queensland University of Technology
Declan Martin is a Ph.D. student at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His current work investigates the impact of urban development on cultural production, having previously conducted research around local music economies and their interaction with broader urban policy agendas through the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash University.
University of Wollongong
Craig Lyons is an urban geographer, currently based at the University of Wollongong. He holds an MSc (Research) from the University of Sydney, and has lectured in urban geography at the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and the Australian Catholic University. His current research investigates the relationship between modes of urban governance and everyday cultural practices, with his MSc thesis investigating the relationship between informal and underground music cultures and urban land use. He regularly performs as a musician in Sydney and across Australia, and has advised the City of Sydney and the National Live Music Office on regulatory issues faced by live music venues.
Pip Shea is a researcher, designer, and educator, who investigates how technology and new organisational forms are shaping creative, civic, and activist practices. I am currently working as a Research and Teaching Associate in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne.