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Director, Business Development and Associate Professor Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

Cori Stewart is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology. Cori develops large-scale transdisciplinary commercial research partnerships and is currently building manufacturing projects that provide global leadership in design and robotics as part of a wider Industry 4.0 innovation program.

Before her appointment at QUT Cori was a senior government officer delivering creative industries, creative economy, innovation and entrepreneur & investment attraction policies and programs for a range of governments. Career highlights include delivery of Australia's first Creative City policy for Brisbane City Council; the world's first fully-fledged creative industries policy for the Queensland Government in collaboration with US economist Michael Porter; and mapping Queensland's start-up ecosystem.

Cori has a significant track record of creating, managing and governing SME entities as well as large projects that bring together multiple and often complex partnerships across government, commercial, tertiary and NGO sectors.


  • 2018–2018
    Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2009 
    Queensland University of Technology, Ph.D


  • 2011
    The Rise and Rise of Contemporary Writers Festivals, The Companion the Creative Writing
  • 2010
    We Call Upon the Author to Explain: Theorising Writers' Festivals as sites of Contemporary Public Culture, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Design Robotics for Mass Customisation
    Innovation Broker
    Funding Source:
    Innovative Manufacturing CRC

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors