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creative economy and sustainable development
maker culture and the political economy of media
media cities


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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 has published widely on urban creative clusters and agglomerations, cultural work, creative entrepreneurship, cultural and creative industries policy, media cities, maker culture and cyberculture. Her policy work focuses on the transformation of creative cities and the creative economy in the Global South. Dr Xin Gu has worked with culture agencies in China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand to develop cultural strategies and cultural policies. She was the author of a report commissioned by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) on the social aspect of cultural work and she co-authored Culture and Diplomacy in the Changing Worlds, a report commissioned by the Japan Foundation. She was awarded the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grant looking into Australian soft diplomacy in China. Gu’s current research concerns the digital creative economy and its impact on diversity of cultural expression, cultural participation and cultural diplomacy. Her 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

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, BEKRAF - Indonesian Creative Economy 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 (Japan)

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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