Researcher biography

Adrian Athique is Associate Professor and programme leader in Cultural Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Adrian is a graduate in Media Arts from the University of Plymouth and holds a PhD in Asia-Pacific Transformation Studies from the University of Wollongong. Prior to joining IASH, Adrian was Chair of the School of Arts at the University of Waikato (2010-2015), a lecturer in Sociology at the University in Essex (2008-2010) a postdoctoral fellow in Cultural Studies at UQ (2006-2007) and a learning technology officer at the UK Open University (2001-2002). Adrian's broad research interests focus on the social, cultural and economic implications of digital technologies and upon the evolution of media cultures in Asia.

Adrian has conducted research projects in collaboration with colleagues in India, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. He is currently active in extensive networks across the region, notably in events and publications stemming from his two major projects: Digital Transactions in Asia (2017-) and The Indian Media Economy (2013-). Adrian has held grants from the New Zealand India Research Institute (2013), University Grants Commission of India (2014), Asia New Zealand Foundation (2015) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (2019). Along with more than forty journal articles and book chapters, Adrian is the author of several books, including: The Multiplex in India: A Cultural Economy of Urban Leisure (2010, Routledge, with Douglas Hill), Indian Media: Global Approaches (2012, Polity), Digital Media and Society (2013, Polity) and Transnational Audiences: Media Reception on a Global Scale (2016, Polity). Adrian has also edited ground-breaking volumes on media and social change in Asia, including: The Indian Media Economy (2018, 2 Vols, OUP, with Vibodh Parthasarathi and SV Srinivas) and Digital Transactions in Asia: Social, Economic and Informational Exchanges (2019, Routledge, with Emma Baulch). Adrian is editor of the journal Media International Australia and the OUP book series, Media Dynamics in South Asia.

Adrian Athique is keen to receive applications from doctoral candidates in the fields of Asian Cultural Studies, Digital Sociology, Media Industries and Economy, Audience and User Studies, and Transnational Communication.

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Digital transactions