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Dr. Xin Gu is an Expert appointed by UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expression (since 2019). She is Director of the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCI) at Monash University in Australia. She authored a global Report commissioned by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) on the social aspect of cultural work. Recommendation from her has been adopted by Member States at the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture. She has delivered many industry talks and public outreach programs for international policy agencies including UNCTAD, UN, and EU/UNESCO. She co-authored Culture and Diplomacy in the Changing Worlds, a report commissioned by the Japan Foundation and British Council. She is the recipient of two Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grants: 1) Sonicbridge - advancing Australian soft diplomacy in the IndoPacific region through indigenous music cultures; and 2) DFAT Australian Awards Indonesia- market integration for MSMEs in cultural and creative industries. Dr Xin Gu has worked with governments and civil society agencies in China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand to develop cultural strategies and cultural policies. 

Gu has published widely on urban cultures, cultural work, creative entrepreneurship, cultural and creative industries policy, media cities, maker culture and cyberculture. Her most recent book is 'Cultural Work and Creative Subjectivity' (Routledge, 2023). Her research expertise lies in the transformation of creative cities and the creative economy in the developing Global South context, with a focus on the digital creative economy and its impact on diversity of cultural expression, cultural participation and cultural diplomacy. Her other books include 'Red Creatives' (Intellect, 2020) and 'Re-imagining Creative Cities in Twenty-First Century Asia' (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

sociology, PhD, Social networks in Cultural and Creative Industries , Manchester Metropolitan University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2008

European Urban Cultural Studies, MA, Public Squares: Urban Cultures in Manchester and Helsinki, Manchester Metropolitan University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

Civil Engineering, BSc, Using GIS technology in mapping of rural area in Shanghai, Tongji University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

External positions

Expert Facility for the implementation of the 2005 Convention, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

2019 → …

Steering Committee for 2020 Australian Soft Power Symposium, Asialink

World Conference on Creative Economy 2020, Badan Ekonomi Kreatif (BEKRAF) (Creative Economic Agency)

ENCATC Digital Congress(European Network on Cultural Management and Policy), European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENTAC)

Culture and Diplomacy in the Changing World: Its Relations, Values and Practice, Japan Foundation

International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD)

UNESCO - Culture and Education (External organisation)

Art Visionaire: Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Thailand Creative Economy Agency

Editor, ZoneModa Journal

CIFAL global networks for International Training Centres for Local Authorities and Local Actors (UNITAR))

Research area keywords

  • 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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