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Professor John Hartley

AM, BA (Wales), PhD (Murdoch), DLitt (Wales), FAHA, FRSA, ICA Fellow

Position: Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies


Location: Room 0.62A, Bute Building


John Hartley was JOMEC’s first Head (1996-2000), before taking up a post in Australia as Foundation Dean of the world’s first Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Now he has returned on a part-time basis to JOMEC, with an appointment through Cardiff University’s “Serious Brain Power” scheme. At the same time he is Professor of Cultural Science and Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia).

He is a member of the ARC (Australian Research Council) College of Experts, Fellow of the International Communication Association, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and recipient of the Order of Australia. A former ARC Federation Fellow (2005-10), he was co-founder of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (the CCI: He is a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB Berlin).

John Hartley has published over 200 articles and 24 books, including: The Uses of Digital Literacy (UQP 2009), Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts (Routledge 2011), Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies (Wiley 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (co-author, Sage 2012), and A Companion to New Media Dynamics (co-editor, Wiley 2013). He is completing a book on Cultural Science with Jason Potts (Bloomsbury).

Research Interests

The role of popular culture and media in the growth of knowledge.


Hartley is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (USA), the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).