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Justin O’Connor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy in the School of Media Film and Journnalism, Monash University. He is also visiting chair in the School of Media and Design, Cultural Industries Management Department, Shanghai Jiaotong University. Justin also head a new research unit Culture Media Economy, in MFJ, and is currently establishing a joint research unit in Global Cultural Economy with Shanghai Jiaotong University. 

Justin is leading a three-year ARC project Working the field: Creative Graduates in Melbourne and Shanghai, looking at early career trajectories of creative graduates in the field of visual arts, creative writing and music. He is also leading the 'creative cities' element of an ARC linkage project Towards a New Bilbao Effect, looking at the impact of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, led by University of Tasmania and local state and cities. He previously led an ARC Linkage program on Designing Creative Clusters in Australia and China.

His current interests are in reframing policy for the cultural economy; digital urban cultures; and theorising emergent realtions between culture, society and politics. 

He is working with a new creative workspace in Melbourne, with a project involve Arup Digitl Futures, looking at digital infrastructures and transnational brokerage for the cultural sector. He is also on the Board of Renew Australia, based in Melbourne.

He working with international collegues in a Global Cultural Economy Network, and with colleagues in Shanghai, where he is also an advisor on the city' Blue Books on the Cultural Industries. 

He is currently one of 40 internatiuonal experts appointed under the UNESCO Technical Assistance Programmein support of the2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He has worked under this program with Mauritius to develop a national cultural industries strategy and advising Samoa on their new Cultural Industries policy in relation to the 2005 convention. 

Justin also leads a new Master in Cultural Economy at Monash, and co-founded an international network of masters in this space.

He is currently finalising a book (with Xin Gu) on Cultural Economy in the New Shanghai (Routledge) and (with Christiaan de Beukaleaer) Global Cultural Economy (Routledge). He has recently published a platform paper After Creative Industries: Why we Need a Cultural Economy, and Co-edited The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. 






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Projects 2013 2020

UNESCO and the Making of Global Cultural Policy

Stevenson, D., O'Connor, M. J., De Beukelaer, C., Isar, Y., DeVereaux, C., Wang, J. & Joffe, A.


Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2018

Cultural Industries in Shanghai: Policy and Planning inside a Global City

Rong, Y. (ed.) & O'Connor, J. (ed.) 2018 Bristol UK: Intellect Ltd. 500 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Can our cities' thriving creative precincts be saved from 'renewal'?

Gu, X., O'Connor, M. J., Gibson, C., Grodach, C., Crosby, A. & Lyons, C. 30 Aug 2017 the conversation

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEssayOther

Can our cities’ thriving creative precincts be saved from ‘renewal’?

O'Connor, M. J. 30 Aug 2017 1 p.The Conversation

Research output: Other contributionOther

Creative city, smart city … whose city is it?

O'Connor, M. J. 12 Jun 2017 1 p.The Conversation

Research output: Other contributionOther

Inside the whale (and how to get out of there): Moving on from two decades of creative industries research

Banks, M. & O'Connor, M. J. 1 Dec 2017 In : European Journal of Cultural Studies. 20, 6, p. 637-654 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review