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Personal profile


Xin's research and teaching falls squarely within the following three areas – culture and creative industries, arts and cultural management and digital culture and society. Xin has published widely on subjects of urban creative clusters and agglomeration; cultural work, creative entrepreneurship; creative and cultural industries policy; media and city; maker culture and cyberculture in China.

External positions

Expert Facility for the implementation of the 2005 Convention, United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization



  • cultural industries
  • creative industries
  • communication and media studies
  • cultural studies
  • creative clusters
  • culural economy
  • cultural policy
  • social networking
  • creative entrepreneurship
  • urban regeneration
  • Asia
  • maker culture

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Projects 2017 2020

Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production

Grodach, C., Gibson, C., O'Connor, J., Gu, X. & Warran, A.


Project: Research

Research Output 2010 2018

Crafts community: Physical and virtual

Gu, X., 2018, Craft Economies. Luckman, S. & Thomas, N. (eds.). 1st ed. London UK: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 17-27 11 p.

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

Makerspaces and urban ideology: The institutional shaping of Fab Labs in China and Northern Ireland

Gu, X. & Shea, P. J., 2018, In : Journal of Peer Production. 1, 12, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The field of visual pedagogy in China and its transformations

Gu, X. & Webb, J., 2018, Investigating the Visual as a Transformative Pedagogy in the Asia Region. McArthur, I., Bamford, R., Xu, F. & Miller, B. (eds.). 1st ed. Champaign IL USA: Common Ground Research Networks, p. 23-47 25 p. (Curated Series: Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain; no. 2).

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

‘Creative economy’ in China: A case study of Shanghai’s fashion industries

Gu, X., 2018, Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape. Ling, W. & Segre Reinach, S. (eds.). 1st ed. London UK: I.B.Tauris Publishers, p. 94-119 26 p. (Dress Cultures).

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

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (External organisation)

Xin Gu (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

world conference on creative economy

Xin Gu (Keynote/plenary speaker)
6 Nov 20188 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Geliat Ekonomi Kreatif Dunia

Xin Gu


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Media Merger Dr Gu Interview

Xin Gu


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

How can we identify fake news

Xin Gu


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

network supervision in China

Xin Gu


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The power in making "0.1 to 100": interview with Dr Xin Gu

Xin Gu


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research