Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) 2009

SDP2009 Brisbane ('Creativity'): 6 July - 17 July, hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty. 21 tutors and 28 students. SDP2009 Wiki. OII SDP 2009 Flickr Group

Summer Doctoral Programme 2009 studentsThe seventh OII Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) was conducted and organised by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) in partnership with the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia from 6-17 July, 2009. The thematic focus was on 'Creativity, Innovation and the Internet'.

Other partners contributing to the programme's teaching and scholarship support included the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), the Annenberg School of Communication (University of Southern California) and the School of Journalism and Communication (Chinese University of Hong Kong).

The 2009 Summer Doctoral Programme drew substantially on our research strengths and involved participation from our faculty, in combination with QUT's strong cross-disciplinary community of researchers and practitioners. The programme facilitated deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and helped students frame their research questions and direct their research. It emphasised methodological innovation, cross-disciplinarity, and the value of engagement with practitioners, community and industry. It also sought to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on issues relating to the broad theme of creativity and innovation with a view to identifying topics for future collaborative research.

Academic Programme

The well-established format of the Programme was continued, with daily research seminars and discussions led by an international group of leading researchers and practitioners. All students were asked to present their research to their peers in informal seminars.

Research seminars covered: 'Creativity, Innovation and the Internet - the CCI agenda', historicising the Internet, innovation and the Internet, the future of copyright, analysing online social networks using VOSON; copyright, technical protection measures and user innovation; creating and maintaining relationships around music online; learning, creativity and new technologies; virtual spaces for creativity and collaboration, online activism and campaigning ('A Report from the Front Line), the challenges of connecting creative practice and research, global mobile media, visualizing and interpreting personal networks online, conducting research on working class creativity, WiFi ('Innovative Connections and the Need for Co-creation'), the changing dynamics between fans, bands and labels in independent Swedish Music, new perspectives on social media ('Putting Our 'Known Unknowns' on the Map'), cultural environmentalism (control vs creativity in Internet research), and applied research partnerships in user-created content and urban informatics.

There were research methodology seminars on combining qualitative and quantitative methods, and on the ethics of online research. There was also a panel session led by OII SDP alumni, a network analysis tutorial, and a joint session with Annenberg Summerculture: 'Silly Citizenship'. The afternoons were devoted to student presentations.

The social programme included a day trip to Moreton Island, a barbecue in New Farm Park, and two formal dinners.

SDP Applicants

Applications were welcomed from advanced doctoral students in any discipline whose work in the field of Internet research engaged with the overall themes of creativity and innovation. These topics could include, but were not limited to:

  • Methodological innovation and multidisciplinarity
  • Innovative uses of ICTs in developing contexts
  • Practice-led and performance-based Internet research
  • The economics of creativity and innovation
  • Community and industry partnerships
  • User-led innovation and user-generated content
  • Citizen journalism and community media
  • Mobile, locative and urban media
  • Digital literacy and pedagogical innovation
  • Regulatory barriers to creativity and innovation
  • Copyright and its alternatives
  • Innovation policy

The 'SDP Legacy Project'

SDP2009 marked the first appearance of the 'SDP Legacy Project', in reponse to the feeling that 'something lasting' ought to result from all the connections and opportunities presented by the programme. The student group actually formed three project teams: one in charge of organising a book, a second in charge of a survey of favourite journals and PhD habits with the aim of creating a network map showing the links among the student body, and the third group was in charge of a video project that resulted in a 10 minute video of the programme, featuring interviews with all the students.

  • One of the outputs of the 2009 Summer Doctoral Programme will be an edited book, written (and edited by) the student group. They have a publisher and a first draft already .. we talked to editor Yana Breindl about the project: 'New Intersections in Internet Research': News on the SDP2009 Book (OII Blog, 5 January 2010)
  • Nicely produced by the 'SDP2009: Brisbane' student group, a two-part video documentary of the Summer Doctoral Programme 2009. Voiceover: "Viewers are advised that this presentation may contain no academic content, and may present participants in a semi-frivolous manner, with little regard for context." SDP2009 (Brisbane) Student Documentary Rated 'Devastatingly Abstract' (OII Blog, 15 January 2010)


  • Nancy Baym, University of Kansas
  • Stuart Cunningham, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • Gerard Goggin, Journalism and Media Research Centre, University of New South Wales
  • John Hartley, Federation Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Axel Bruns, Creative Industries, QUT
  • Jo Tacchi, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Brian Fitzgerald, Law, QUT, and Creative Commons Australia
  • Jean Burgess, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Marcus Foth, Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Rob Ackland, Australian National University (ANU) (past OII Visiting Fellow)
  • Matthew Allen, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University of Technology
  • Wendy Seltzer, Fellow at Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Rebecca Eynon, OII Research Fellow
  • Jason Wilson, Lecturer in Digital Communications at the University of Wollongong
  • Kate Crawford, Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Research Centre
  • Larissa Hjorth, Senior Lecturer in the Games & Digital Art Programs at RMIT University
  • Bernie Hogan, OII Research Fellow
  • Jeremy Hunsinger, Virginia Tech


Daniel Araya-Tessema, Bridget Blodgett, Yana Breindl, Luca Camerini, Elija Cassidy, Yao-Chung Chang, Eric Cook, Lucy Cradduck, Michael Dezuanni, Cristina Garduno Freeman, Carla Ganito, Anitza Geneve, Nils Gustfsson, Tim Highfield, Julian Hopkins, Tessa Houghton, Kerk Kee, Kai Kuikkaniemi, Han-Tengiao, Jingfangiu, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Lucy Morieson, Yujung Nam, Rami Olwan, Thomas Petzold, Jinhang, Neal Thomas, Nikki Usher

About the Creative Industries Faculty

Research into the creative industries and the broader creative economy is intrinsically crossdisciplinary, internationally focused, and contains strong elements of both normative and empirical / descriptive agendas. While it is the subject of vibrant debate in media, cultural and communication studies, there are also major contributions being made from business and management studies, economic and cultural social science, theoretical economics, and public policy studies.

QUT's Creative Industries Faculty has been a longstanding partner of the OII, and doctoral students from QUT have participated in the Summer Doctoral Programme each year since it began in 2003. The Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts. The Summer Doctoral Programme benefitted from the direct participation of research leaders from the Creative Industries Faculty and its associated research entities, including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) and the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (iCi).

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) is widely acknowledged as a global leader in this emerging field. It is a broadly based, cross-disciplinary, internationally focused centre embracing both fundamental theoretical and highly applied research in media, cultural and communication studies, law, education, economics and business and IT, addressing key problems and opportunities arising from innovation in both the creative economy and the broader service economy.

The Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (iCi) is a multi-faculty research institute at QUT, with researchers and PhD students from all the faculties at QUT as well as private and public industry partners engaging in groundbreaking research and commercialisation ventures. The Institute has a special interest in user-led innovation and co-creation of digital content. Its research solves problems relating to access, format prototyping, business development, regulation, multiplatform distribution, education, cultural acceptance and social uptake.


We are grateful for the generosity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and all our academic partners in supporting this programme: the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (iCi) (co-organiser), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, and the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
  • The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
  • Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology
  • School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong