Mark Gibson

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


Mark Gibson joined Monash in 2007 as Director of the Master of Communications and Media Studies. Among other roles, he has been Head of Communications and Media Studies in the School of Media, Film and Journalism (2015-2018), Director of the research degree program in Film, Media and Communications (2012-2014), School Research Coordinator (2010-2012) and Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts (2008-2010). 

Mark is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney and Edith Cowan University. He has wide experience in research and teaching in communications, media and cultural studies in Australia, having worked previously at Murdoch University, Curtin University, Central Queensland University, the University of Canberra and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Mark was Editor for thirteen years of the international refereed journal Continuum – Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. He has also held a number of officeholder and conference convenor positions with the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) and the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA).

Research interests

Mark’s research interests include cultural and creative industries; cultural policy; social dimensions of media and cultural practices (particularly according to geography and class); the history of cultural studies; and uses of the concepts of power. He is author of Culture and Power – A History of Cultural Studies (Berg, 2007) and has published widely in journals such as the International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Media International Australia, The European Journal of Cultural Studies and Continuum.

Mark is currently working on a project Fringe to Famous (ARC Discovery DP140102840) on the crossover in Australia between fringe, independent and avant garde cultural production and the ‘mainstream’. The project, with Tony Moore, Chris McAuliffe and Maura Edmond, has involved interview-based research with creative practitioners, from games development and music to graphic design and television comedy. The major outcome is a book, Fringe to Famous, to appear with Bloomsbury in 2019.

Previous major projects have included Creative Suburbia (ARC Discovery Project DP0877133) – with Terry Flew, Christy Collis and Phil Graham – involving research into creative networks in outer suburban growth areas of Melbourne and South East Queensland. Mark was also a member of the Australian Research Council’s Cultural Research Network. In a previous position at Murdoch University, he was involved in research with the Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design, in a project on technology use in new suburban developments.

Mark is currently developing work on class and media practices in Australia, responding to the emerging international research agenda around social class and inequality. He has also been involved in the formation of the research unit in Culture, Media, Economy at Monash led by Justin O’Connor and Mark Andrejevic, with a particular interest in the emerging shape of media and culture in the wake of the collapse of the authority of ‘neoliberal’ policy prescriptions.

Supervision interests

Mark would particularly welcome research degree supervisions in: 

  • The social dimensions of media and cultural practices
  • Media and class
  • Suburban cultures
  • Media and cultural policy ‘after neo-liberalism’
  • The concept of power in communications and cultural studies
  • Australian cultural history

He has supervised research degree theses on topics including:

  • Graffiti and skate cultures
  • Film sound
  • Nation-branding in Australia
  • Coffee-table books and postwar culture
  • Online music criticism
  • The response to online media by journalism in Malaysia

Research area keywords

  • Cultural Industries
  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Economy
  • Popular Culture
  • Commons Theory

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1994 2018

Fringe to famous: Enabling and popularising cultural innovation in Australia

Gibson, M., Moore, T. & Edmond, M., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. Durrer, V., Miller, T. & O'Brien, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 281-298 18 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Independent Games and the Remaking of the 'Fringe'

Gibson, M. N., Jun 2018, In : CAMEo Cuts. 7, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

Creative suburbia: Cultural innovation in outer suburban Australia

Gibson, M. N., Flew, T., Collis, C. & Felton, E., 2017, Infinite Suburbia. Berger, A. M., Kotkin, J. & Guzman, C. B. (eds.). 1st ed. Hudson NY USA: Princeton Architectural Press, p. 350-358 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Recovering the Australian working class

Moore, A. B., Gibson, M. N. & Lumby, C., 2017, Considering Class: Theory, Culture and the Media in the 21st Century. O’Neill, D. & Wayne, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Leiden The Netherlands: Brill, Vol. 113. p. 217-234 18 p. (Studies in Critical Social Sciences; vol. 113).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Creativity and attenuated sociality: Creative communities in suburban and peri-urban Australia

Gibson, M. N., 2015, Creative Communities: Regional Inclusion & the Arts. McDonald, J. & Mason, R. (eds.). Bristol UK: Intellect Ltd, p. 49 - 61 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Offshore Processes: International Perspectives on Australian Film and Television Research Workshop,

Therese Davis (Organiser), Anthony Moore (Organiser), Mark Gibson (Organiser)
4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course