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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Ben Eltham is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. Ben is a passionate teacher who leads several of the core subjects in Monash's innovative Masters of Cultural and Creative Industries. Before taking up his position at Monash, he lectured at Deakin University in the School of Communications and Creative Arts. After completing his doctoral thesis at Western Sydney University's Institute of Culture and Society in the field of cultural policy, he held a three year post-doctoral fellowship at Deakin in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention.

Ben’s primary research interest is the public policy of culture in Australia, particularly at federal level. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations, creative works, and edited book chapters. His monograph, When the Goal Posts Move: Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013-2016 was published by Currency House in 2016. His key research collaborations are currently with Professor Justin O'Connor's Culture Media Economy group at Monash, and with Professor Deb Verhoeven’s Kinomatics Group for digital humanities at the University of Technology Sydney.

Ben also works extensively in the popular media as a journalist and essayist. Ben has covered federal politics for a decade as the National Affairs Correspondent at New Matilda, and he is a regular contributor to journals such as Crikey, Guardian Australia, Overland, Meanjin and the Sydney Review of Books. He is also sought out as a cultural policy consultant by federal, state and local policymakers, penning reports for the federal Department of Industry, Creative Victoria and the City of Sydney.

Keywords

  • cultural policy
  • cultural industries
  • Innovation Systems
  • media studies
  • public policy
  • International Relations

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Research Output 2009 2019

Art in the time of Trump

Eltham, B. C., 15 Mar 2019, Writing & Concepts 2017. van Schaik, J. (ed.). Melbourne Vic Australia: Art & Australia Pty Ltd, p. 62-70

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

'Is this actually dance?': Australia's overlooked art form is its most exciting

Eltham, B. C., 12 Mar 2019, The Guardian.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

The Never-Ending Pivot: Where Next For Online Journalism?

Eltham, B. C., 14 Feb 2019, Footscray : Kill Your Darlings.

Research output: Other contributionOther

As The Turnbull Govt Implodes, It’s Still Making Policy. It’s Just Really, Really Bad Policy

Eltham, B. C., 20 Aug 2018, Point Lookout, QLD : New Matilda.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Press / Media

3RRR FM 'Uncommon Sense' federal politics expert commentator

Ben Eltham

12/09/1726/03/19

8 items of media coverage, 7 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ABC Statewide Drive with Nicole Chvastek

Ben Eltham

26/03/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Mornings with Sarah Gillman, ABC 936 Hobart

Ben Eltham

7/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Mix

Ben Eltham

5/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview with ABC 702

Ben Eltham

10/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment