Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. During 2011, he was Head of the Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication Portfolio. From 2001-2006, he was the Head of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty, and from 2006-2008 was Head of Postgraduate Studies in the Creative Industries Faculty.
He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association from 2009-2010, having previously been ANZCA Vice-President and Treasurer. He organised Communications, Creativity and Global Citizenship, the 2009 Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association, which was held at QUT from 8-10 July 2009.
He has a wide range of research interests and research experience, and has been an author of three books, 11 research monographs, 33 book chapters, 60 refereed academic journal articles (three forthcoming), and has been an editor of 11 special issues/themed sections of academic journals and refereed conference proceedings (one forthcoming).
From May 2011 to February 2012, he was seconded from QUT to become a Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission, chairing the National Classification Scheme Review. He was commissioned to lead this review by the Attorney-General of Australia, Hon. Robert McClelland MP, leading a team of six ALRC researchers. The Final Report, Classification – Content Regulation and Convergent Media (ALRC Report 108), was tabled in the House of Representatives by the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, the Hon. Jason Clare MP, on 2 March 2012.
In 2012, he was appointed by the Australian Research Council to the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for Cluster Two: Humanities and Creative Arts, in the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation round.
He is the author of Australia’s leading new media textbook, New Media: An Introduction. New Media was first published by Oxford University Press in December 2002, with the second edition published in January 2005. The third edition was published in January 2008, and a fourth edition is under contract for completion in late 2012.
His second book, Understanding Global Media, was published by Palgrave in March 2007. It has been translated into Arabic and Polish. His third book, The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy, was published by Sage in 2012.
A fourth book, Key Concepts in the Creative Industries, co-authored with John Hartley, Stuart Cunningham, Jason Potts, Michael Keane and Jon Banks, will be published by Sage in late 2012.
An edited collection, Creative Industries and Urban Development: Creative Cities in the 21st Century, will be published by Routledge in October 2012.
In addition, he is contracted to complete Global Creative Industries for Palgrave, and is contracted to co-author Media Economics with Stuart Cunningham for Palgrave.
He has also contributed book chapters to leading international publications, including Dewesternising Media Studies (eds. J. Curran and M.-J. Park, Routledge, 2000), Handbook of New Media (eds. L. Lievrouw and S. Livingstone, Sage, 2002 (paperback edition, 2006)), Creative Industries (ed. J. Hartley, Blackwell, 2005), and Managing Media Work (eds. M, Deuze, 2010). He has also been published in first-tier scholarly international academic journals such as Media, Culture and Society, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and International Journal of Cultural Studies.
He has been engaged with projects that have received over $4 million in research funding, including $3.75 million in national competitive grant 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 is engaged in an ARC Linkage-Project on Social Media in Times of Crisis, awarded $188,000 over 2012-2014, with researchers from QUT and the University of New South Wales. Industry partners include the Queensland Department of community Services, the EIDOS Institute and Sociomantic Labs.
He was First Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkages-Projects Grant titled Investigating Innovative Applications of Digital Media for Participatory Journalism and Citizen Engagement in Australian Public Communication from 2006-2009. The industry partners on this ‘citizen journalism’ project were the Special Broadcasting Service, Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand and The National Forum (publishers of 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. The project team generated 11 book chapters, 12 refereed academic journal articles, and 10 papers in fully refereed conference proceedings.
He was First Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery-Project titled Creative Suburbia: A Critical Evaluation of the Scope for Creative Cultural Development in Australia’s Suburban and Peri-Urban Communities during 2008-2010. This project involved researchers at QUT and Monash University, and undertook Australia’s first major qualitative study into the nature of the creative workforce in outer suburban areas, with case studies in Brisbane and Melbourne. The project team has thus far generated two book chapters, nine refereed academic journal articles, and 20 papers in fully refereed conference proceedings, including special issues of the journals International Journal of Cultural Studies , The Information Society and M/C.
He is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). The CCI is the first ARC Centre of Excellence in the arts and humanities in Australia, and is a cross disciplinary, internationally-focused centre addressing key problems and opportunities arising for Australia from innovation in both the creative economy. In the CCI, he heads the Convergent Media Policy research node.
He was a member of the Smart Services Co-operative Research Centre, which received $52.3 million in Commonwealth government, industry, public sector and university support over 2008-2014. The Smart Services CRC involves 14 industry and government partners as well as six universities across nine work programs. Flew has led the Audience and Market Foresight and New Media Services work programs, engaged with industry partners including Fairfax Digital, the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum.
He was a member of the Cultural Research Network, which has received $1.75 million in ARC funding over the 2005-2009 period, with a particular involvement in the Cultural Technologies research node.
He has been Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkages grant with Kids Help Line to develop interactive web-based counselling for young people, as well as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery grant, Internationalising Creative Industries: China, the WTO, and the Knowledge-Based Economy.
He has also worked with industry partners such as the Brisbane City Council, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, On Line Opinion and the Communications Law Centre.
He has been an 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).
He has supervised nine PhD theses and five research Masters theses to completion, and has supervised students from China, Taiwan, Germany, Malaysia, the United States and Singapore. He has also supervised students in collaborative projects with industry partners including the Special Broadcasting Service.