1661481_10152836641303509_2984596964933412900_nMichael Keane is Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at Curtin University. He is Program Leader of the Digital China Lab. The Digital China Lab investigates the transformative role of digital technology in everyday life in China and Australia, as well as producing critical academic insights into China’s creative transformation. The Digital China Lab produces data, findings, and evidence for public policy, technology design, implementation, and public debate.

Michael’s key research interests are digital transformation in China; East Asian cultural and media policy; and creative industries and cultural export strategies in China and East Asia. His current funded research project with the Australian Research Council (ARC) concerns audio-visual media collaboration (film, TV, animation, documentary and online platforms) in East Asia with a focus on Mainland China.


POSITION Professor
FACULTY Faculty of Humanities
SCHOOL School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
DEPARTMENT Department of Communication and Cultural Studies
CAMPUS Bentley Campus
LOCATION 208.406
PHONE +618 92662612

CCAT Programs: Digital China Lab

Selected publications (last five years)


Keane, M. (ed.) Handbook of China’s Cultural and Creative Industries (Edward Elgar 2016).

Keane, M. China’s Television Industry (Palgrave 2015),

Keane, M. Creative Industries in China: Art, Design and Media (Polity 2013),
Keane and Sun, W. (eds.) (2013) China’s Media: Critical Approaches, and Cultural Studies Four Volumes, a Reader: London: Routledge August 2013.

Keane, M. China’s New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Regional Investment (Routledge 2011),
Keane M. (ed.) (2011) How Creativity is Changing China by Li Wuwei, translated by M. Keane, Hui Li and Marina Guo, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Book chapters

Keane, M. (2016) ‘Unbundling precarious creativity in China: ‘knowing how’ and ‘knowing to’’ In M. Curtin and K. Sanson (eds.) Precarious Creativity, University of California Press, Luminous Open Access.

Keane, M. and Zhao. E. (2016) ‘Television but not as we know it: Reimagining screen content in China.’ In L. Hjorth and O. Koo (eds.) Handbook of New Media in Asia. London: Routledge.

Keane (2015) ‘The geographical clustering of Chinese media production’. In G. Rawnsley and M-Y Rawnsley (eds.) Routledge Handbook of China’s Media, London: Routledge.

Keane, M. (2014) ‘Scrambling for the Mainland China market.’ In Chi-Cheung Leung and S. S-H Lo (eds.) Creativity and Culture in Greater China. Los Angeles: Bridge 21, pp. 44 – 60.

Keane, M. (2014) ‘The cluster effect in China: real or imagined.’ In K. Shao and Xiaoqing feng (eds.) Innovation and Intellectual property in China: Strategies, Contexts and Challenges. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 136 – 159.

Keane, M. and Zhao, Elaine J. (2014) ‘The reform of the cultural system: culture creativity and innovation in China.’ In Lorraine Lim and Hye-Kyung Lee (eds.) Cultural Policies in East Asia. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Keane, M. (2013) ‘Creative industries in China: four perspectives on social transformation.’ In M. Keane, and W. Sun (eds.) (2013) China’s Media: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 145 -161.

Keane, M. (2013). ‘The cultural innovation timeline.’ In Ye Lang and Xiang, Y. (eds.) The Annual development Report in China’s Cultural Industries. Beijing: Peking University Press, pp. 81 – 88.

Keane, M. (2013). ‘Going out and the search for originality in China’, In Ye Lang and Xiang, Y. (eds.) The Annual Report on International Cultural Trade of China. Beijing: Beijing University Press, pp. 372 – 378.

Keane, M., & Liu, B. (2013) China’s new creative strategy: cultural soft power and new markets, In Fung, A. (Ed.) Asian Popular Culture: The Global Cultural (Dis)connection, London: Routledge, pp. 233 – 249.

Keane, M. (2012) ‘A Revolution in Television and a Great Leap Forward for Innovation? China in the Global Television Format Business’. In Tasha Oren and Sasha Sharaf (eds.) Global Television Formats: Understanding Formats Across Borders. London: Routledge, pp. 306 – 322.

Keane, M. (2010) ‘Re-imagining China’s future: soft power, cultural presence and the East Asian media market’. In D. Black, S. Epstein & A. Tokita (Eds.), Complicated Currents: Media Flows and Soft Power in East Asia, Melbourne: Monash University ePress, pp. 14.1—14.13.


Refereed Journal Articles

Keane, M. (2016) Going global or going nowhere? Chinese media in a time of flux, Media International Australia (in press)

Keane, M. and Zhao, J. (2013) ‘Between formal and informal: the shakeout in China’s online video industry’. Media Culture and Society 35 (6) 724 – 741.

Keane, M. and Wen, W. (2013) ‘Creativity on the margins: a case study of Songzhuang art district and Hangzhou’s White Horse Lake Eco-city’, International Journal of Cultural Creative Industries 1 (1): 18 – 28.

Keane, M. Dai, Juncheng, Zhou Shangyi and Huang, Qian (2012) ‘Mobility of the creative class and city attractiveness: a case study of Chinese animation worker Eurasian Geography and Economics 53 (5) 649 – 670.

Keane, M and Zhao, Jing (2012) ‘Renegades on the frontier of innovation: the shanzhai grassroots communities of Shenzhen’, Eurasian Geography and Economics Special issue on Creative Economy 53 (2) 316 -330

Keane, M. (2011) ‘The trans-disciplinary challenge’ Media International Australia, Special Issue on State of Field in Chinese Media.

Keane, M. (2010). ‘Reclaiming China’s former soft power’. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia 42. 50 -64.

Keane, M. (2010). ‘Keeping up with the neighbours: China’s Soft Power Ambitions’. Cinema Journal: In Focus, 49(3), 451 –463.


Other (journalism and blogs)

See Asian Creative Transformations


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