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Professor, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Axel Bruns is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi), author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and editor of Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2013), and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, especially in the context of acute events. His research blog is at, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See for more details on his research into social media.


  • 2014–present
    Professor, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
  • 2015–2017
    Vice-President, Association of Internet Researchers (
  • 2009–2014
    Associate Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT


  • 2002 
    University of Queensland, PhD (Media and Cultural Studies)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers (

Research Areas

  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)