O'Connor, Justin

University of South Australia

Prof Justin O’Connor is Professor of Cultural Economy at the University of South Australia, and visiting chair at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has previously taught at Monash and Queensland University Technology, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University. Between 2012-8 he was UNESCO cultural expert under the 2005 Convention. His research interests are cultural economy, urban cultures, cultural policy, cultural labour, culture and international development.


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    The Creative City Unlike the terms ‘creative industries’, which nobody ever quite understood, and ‘creative class’, about which actual ‘creatives’ were always ambiguous, the ‘creative city’ has been an incredibly successful global policy meme, to which cities across the world continue to aspire. From the early 1990s, faced with de-industrialisation, rising...Read more