Asian Creative Transformations

The Centre has established world-leading scholarship on China’s adoption of creative industries policies, contributing to policy formulation in China through collaborations with national level scholars and policy advisors, and opening the door to other Australian researchers. We established the Asian Creative Transformations (ACT) site as a conduit between research and business, and have provided advice to local businesses and policy makers through symposia and forums. 

The standing of CCI researchers and the widespread interest in CCI scholarship and how this might relate to China has resulted in numerous visits to China by CCI researchers and in turn visits by Chinese policy makers, business entrepreneurs and academics to Australia. The dissemination and impact of the research has been far reaching. Attendance at conferences organised by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Creative Economy Program have added to the diffusion of our research, as have multiple keynotes in China, particularly by Michael Keane, John Hartley and Terry Flew, with Hartley and Keane having both presented in The Great Hall of the People. These events have received extensive media coverage in China.

The project has built new networks with major national and international centres and research programs to help strengthen research, achieve global competitiveness and gain recognition for Australian research. It has also aligned with building Australia’s human capacity by attracting and retaining, from within Australia and abroad, researchers of high international standing as well as the most promising research students. Finally, it has provided high-quality postgraduate and postdoctoral training environments for the next generation of researchers.


The project’s work recognised the agenda of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. We built new connections in China, organised workshops and gave presentations in China, Hong Kong and Singapore with agencies including the British Council Asian Division and Centre of International Dialogue (The China-Australia High-Level Dialogue held at Peking University in December). Much of our core work was focused on supervision of international PhD students, mentoring of Chinese early career researchers, and attracting new PhD students.

In March we organised the forum Anticipating the wave: the Transformation of East Asian Media Industries, which featured special guest speaker Professor Michael Curtin from the University of California Santa Barbara. This further established our connections with the influential Carsey-Wolf Center at UCLA, a collaboration that was central to the awarding of an ARC Discovery in November. In May we organised a salon with special guest Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, now a Future Fellow at UNSW. Both Professors Curtin and Donald helped in one-on-one mentoring sessions with our international students.

In July we worked with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to hold a CASS/CCI Winter School in Kunming, south-west China. We established and maintained relationships with Peking University (International Cultural and Creative Industries Association), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shenzhen University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We also participated in the International Association of Cultural Creative Industries Annual Forum in Kobe.

The project will continue to strengthen relationships with our international partners, work with Shanghai Jiaotong University to collaborate on research on cultural trade and initiate a new partnership with the Communication University of China around the theme of media co-production. The Director of the National Cultural Trade Research Centre in Beijing, Professor Li Huailiang, will be invited to visit Australia in 2014. We have also established relationships with professional bodies in Australia in this area, including Screen Australia, Ausfilm, the Australia-China Screen Alliance, and DFAT. The project’s Asia-Pacific Creative Landing Pad bi-monthly newsletter now reaches over 500 subscribers.

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