David Rowe

Emeritus Professor David Rowe

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014
  • Section(s): Cultural And Communication Studies


David Rowe is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and was Director of its predecessor unit, the Centre for Cultural Research. Previously, he was Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Cultural Institutions and Practices Research Centre, the University of Newcastle (Australia). Currently, he is Honorary Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath; Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London, and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Beijing Foreign Studies University. A Fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities, his research and scholarship focuses mainly on the relationships between popular cultural texts and practices, socio-cultural institutions, and systems of power, with a particular emphasis on sport, national culture, media representation and globalization.

Professor Rowe is he is author/editor of 13 books and over 300 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His Australian Research Council-funded activities include projects on cultural planning; tabloidization; the role of the Murdoch media in global sports television; international circuits of cultural policy; the urban night-time economy; sport, nation and cultural citizenship; cultural production and consumption in Greater Western Sydney; and Australian cultural fields and national cultural policy. Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish. His translated Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures was a 2018 Outstanding Book Selection of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea. In 2018 he received the Australian Sociological Association Distinguished Service to Sociology Award, was The Australian’s 2019 Research Magazine’s Top Researcher in the Field of Communication, and in 2020 received the International Communication Association Sport Communication Interest Group Legacy Award for lifetime scholarly achievement. Professor Rowe is a frequent commentator on socio-cultural matters in international and Australian print, broadcast and online media.

Acknowledgement of Country

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