Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre

Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre

Associate Professor - Communication

School of Creative Industries (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre is a Communication and Media scholar who researches how novel and valued things are created by human beings. He seeks to answer a basic research question: what is the most rational way to explain how novel things are bought into being? In addition to this basic research question, he also seeks to answer an applied question: How can these explanations help to increase human kind’s ability to generate unique and valued products, processes and ideas? In short he researches the phenomenon of creativity and innovation.

A/Prof McIntyre has been involved in external grant funding of $993,000. He is the lead CI on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant entitled 'Creativity and Cultural Production: An Applied Ethnographic Study of New Entrepreneurial Systems in the Creative Industries.' This research provides invaluable baseline data for the creative industries in the region so that policymakers and those working in, and dealing with, these increasingly significant industries, either educationally, economically or culturally, know exactly what they are, how they work and why they're important, rather than making decisions based on guesswork or assumption. Dr McIntyre was recently awarded, along with a research team from QUT headed by Prof Stuart Cunningham, another ARC Linkage Grant focused at identifying and explaining 'creative hotspots', like Newcastle, but this time focused at the national level. The industry partners for this grant include Create NSW, Creative Victoria, Arts Qld, Arts SA and Arts WA. He is also a CI on an ARC Discovery Grant looking at the history of popular music in WA. Dr McIntyre is the Group Leader of the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) group and is a member of the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT) research centre. He was a visiting scholar at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom in 2010 working with a research group in sound production in the Faculty of Information and Technology. He recently received an Excellence in Research Supervision Award and was selected by the PVC to be part of the inaugural Emerging Research Leader's program in 2011.