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Professor of Culture and Creative Industries, University of South Australia

Susan Luckman is Professor of Culture and Creative Industries, Director of the Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3), and the Cultural and Creative Industries Research Platform Leader of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of South Australia.

Susan is an interdisciplinary cultural studies scholar whose research is concerned with creative work, especially as it intersects with digital technologies and craft practices. She has been a Chief Investigator on 6 ARC and 3 EU awarded projects. Current projects include the ARC Discovery grants ‘The Value of Craft Skills to the Future of Manufacturing in Australia’ (DP190100349, 2019-2023) which is identifying how the craft skills required to sustain and grow skilled Australian production can be maintained and extended, as well as 'Artisanal Making and the Future of Small-Scale Local Production' (DP220100110, 2022-2024, with Dr Michelle Phillipov, University of Adelaide) which aims to identify the consumer identities, decision-making and sustainable artisanal production models underpinning contemporary demand for locally made goods. Previously, she was Chief Investigator on the 4 year Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Promoting the Making Self in the Creative Micro-economy’ (2015-2018) which explored how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise and, with it, the opportunities for mobile working lives and the impacts upon the larger relationship between public and private spheres this entails. Susan is currently a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts (2022-2024) and is an expert reviewer for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (REA).

Susan is the author of Craftspeople and Designer Makers in the Contemporary Creative Economy (Open Access - Palgrave 2020), Craft and the Creative Economy (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), Locating Cultural Work: The Politics and Poetics of Rural, Regional and Remote Creativity (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), co-editor of Craft Communities (Bloomsbury 2023 forthcoming), Pathways into Creative Working Lives (Palgrave 2020), The ‘New Normal’ of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment (Palgrave 2018), Craft Economies (Bloomsbury 2018), and Sonic Synergies: Music, Identity, Technology and Community (Ashgate 2008), and author of book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and reports on cultural work, creative industries and creative micro-entrepreneurialism.


  • –present
    Professor of Cultural Studies and Associate Director, Hawke EU Centre, University of South Australia


  • 2002 
    University of Queensland, PhD