2001: Research for Brisbane City Council Economic Development Committee on Brisbane music industry and culture, to advise on development of policies to promote music as a creative industry in Brisbane. Produced report Music Industry Development and Brisbane’s Future as a Creative City, (Brisbane, Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre, 2001), with Gillian Ching, Andrew Stafford and Jo Tacchi. Report received media coverage on Triple J, ABC Radio Brisbane, The Courier-Mail and the Brisbane City News. Nine of the project’s 11 recommendations have subsequently been implemented by the Brisbane City Council, including those related to managing noise abatement in the Fortitude Valley precinct (the Valley Music Harmony Plan – implemented in 2006), designation of Fortitude Valley as an entertainment precinct, development of a Music Business Advisory Service for Brisbane musicians seeking to further develop business knowledge, and new support mechanisms for local musicians through Q-Music as the local industry representative body.
2000, 2002: Collaborative research with Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) on the representation of cultural diversity in Australian broadcast television, leading to two reports: T. Flew, C. Spurgeon and H. May, Report on Casting in Australian Commercial Television Drama (Brisbane: Centre for Media Policy and Practice, 2000), and M. Jacka, Cultural Diversity in Australian Television Drama (Brisbane: Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre, 2002).