Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre

Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre

Associate Professor - Communication

School of Creative Industries (Communication)

Career Summary


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 and internal grants valued at $1,012,147 of which the University of Newcastle is in receipt of $443,349. He was 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. At a deeper level the research has helped expose and explain this regional creative system in action, what others have described as a dynamic innovation ecosystem.

Dr McIntyre was recently awarded, along with a research team from QUT headed by Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham, another ARC Linkage Grant focused at identifying and explaining 'creative hotspots', like the Hunter region, 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 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 which is located inside the FASTlab research centre at UON. 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 was selected by the PVC to be part of the inaugural Emerging Research Leader's program in 2011 and recently received an Excellence in Research Supervision Award.