Xin Gu is a lecturer in Communication and Media Studies. She is also member of the Monash Focus Program – Culture, Media and Economy (CME), member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) at the University of Melbourne and coordinator of The Asian Cultural and Media Studies (ACMS) Research group under Monash Asia Institute. She is teaching the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCIs) and the Master of Communication and Media Studies (MCMS).
Xin’s PhD thesis was a study of a cultural industries policy initiative in Manchester (UK), where she focused on the function of networking for agglomeration, sustainability and policy delivery. This was a national competitive scholarship offered by the Northwest Development Agency in UK (NWDA) and Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) in Manchester. It involved extensive ethnographic study of independent fashion and new media industries in UK.
Her 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.
Xin has a strong policy and industry engagement record. She worked with UK policy initiatives designed to support local creative industries development including Creative Industries Development Services (CIDS) and Forum of Creative Industries (FOCI) in UK. She has also worked closely with key agencies charged with the development of creative industries in cities in China and Australia, witnessing the transformation of cities and narratives of ‘creative industries’ under different social, economic and political conditions. In particular, Xin has been interested in how Western discourses have translated into the Asian context, and what that says about both convergences and divergences in the global cultural economy.
Xin has been involved in three major national competitive grants funded by the Australian government since 2009:
- ARC Discovery: ‘Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing dynamics of cultural production: international research for Australian Cities’ (2017 – 2019)
- ARC Linkage: Creative Clusters in Australia and China (2009-2012)
- ARC Linkage: Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere (2008-2013)
- ARC Discovery: Working the Cultural field: visual art and creative writing in Melbourne and Shanghai (2015-2018)
Xin’s current research concerns with cyberculture in Asia through the lens of 3D making and ‘hacker spaces’ in Chinese cities. It looks at the ‘democratization’ of creativity through making and copying in China’s vast transformative digital media manufacturing urban centres.