Economic Prosperity, Suburbanization and the Creative Workforce: Findings from Australian Suburban Communities

By Terry Flew.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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This paper considers the changing relationship between economic prosperity and Australian suburbs, noting that what has been termed “the first suburban nation” in experiencing an intensification of suburban growth in the 2000s, in the context of economic globalization. The paper reports on a three-year Australian Research Council funded project into “Creative Suburbia”, identifying the significant percentage of the creative industries workforce who live in suburban areas. Drawing on case studies from suburbs in the Australian cities of Brisbane and Melbourne, it notes the contrasts between the experience of these workers, who are generally positive towards suburban life, and the underlying assumptions of “creative cities” policy discourse that such workers prefer to be concentrated in high-density inner urban creative clusters.

Keywords: Cities, Suburbs, Creative Industries, Creative Workforce, Urban Cultural Policy, Networks, Representation, Globalization, Suburbanization

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.83-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.341MB).

Prof. Terry Flew

Professor of Media and Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is the author of New Media: An Introduction (OUP, 2008 - third edition) and Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2007). He has also been published in leading international academic journals such as International Journal of Cultural Policy, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and International Journal of Cultural Studies. He has been First Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkages-Project into citizen journalism in Australia, and currently heads an ARC Discovery project into Creative Suburbia with researchers from QUT and Monash University. He is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and President of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association.