Staff profile - Ben Eltham

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Mr Ben Eltham

Position: Lecturer in Screen
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17202 +61 3 925 17202



Ben Eltham is a Research Fellow at Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education. His research interests include cultural policy, cultural economics, public policy, cultural studies, memory studies and the sociology of culture.

In addition to his academic research, particularly in the Australian cultural industries, Ben is also a widely-published writer and journalist. He is New Matilda's National Affairs Correspondent and Arts Hub's Industry Columnist. He also writes regularly about Australian politics, culture and the arts for a range of publications and media outlets including Guardian Australia, the ABC, Crikey, Meanjin Quarterly, Kill Your Darlings, the Sydney Review of Books and others. Ben is a regular commentator on radio for 3RRR.

Ben completed a postgraduate honours degree in neuroscience at the University of Queensland. He completed his PhD in cultural policy at the University of Western Sydney's Institute for Culture and Society. He is a Fellow of Sydney-based public policy institute, the Centre for Policy Development.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland, 1999


The Centre for Policy Development


Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

Australian politics, Australian culture, cultural policy, media policy, cultural economics, cultural studies, media studies, sociology of culture


Research interests

Australian culture, cultural policy, media policy, cultural economics, cultural studies, media studies, memory studies, sociology of culture, cultural economy



Burns, A. and Eltham, B. (2014). Australia’s strategic culture: constraints and opportunities in security policymaking, Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 35, no. 2, Summer, pp. 187-210.

Eltham, B. (2013). Three arguments against soft innovation: Towards a richer understanding of cultural innovation. International Journal of Cultural Policy, vol. 19, no. 5, DOI:10.1080/10286632.2012.658044

Eltham, B. (2013). 'The Pacific solution', in Staging asylum : contemporary Australian plays about refugees, Currency Press, Sydney, NSW, pp.67-112.

Eltham, B. (2012). The copyright wars, Meanjin, vol. 71, no. 1, Autumn, pp. 126-136.

Eltham, B. (2012). The state of Australia's performing arts centres, and what it tells us about the state of the Australian arts, Meanjin, vol. 71, no. 3, pp. 92-101.

Rodriguez, Z. and Eltham, B. (2012), Debate: conditions for creativity [Do authors need copyright?], Overland, no. 209, pp. 59-64.

Eltham, B. and Westbury, M. (2010) "Cultural Policy in Australia" in Davis, M. and Lyons, M. (eds). 2010. More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now. Sydney: Centre for Policy Development, ISBN: 978-0-9808356-1-8. pp. 40-44.

Burns, A. and Eltham, B. (2010) ‘Catastrophic failure’ theories and disaster journalism: Evaluating media explanations of the Black Saturday bushfires. Media International Australia 137: 90-99.

Eltham, B. and Burns, A. (2010) Boom and Bust in Australian Screen Policy: 10BA, the Film Finance Corporation, and Hollywood's 'Race to the Bottom'. Media International Australia 136: 103-118.

Eltham, B. (2009) Australian cultural and innovation policies: Never the twain shall meet? Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice 11(2): 230- 239

Eltham, B. (2009) A 'game of nomenclature'? Performance-based sonic practice in Australia. Art Monthly Australia 225: 42-44.

Burns, A. and Eltham, B. (2009) Twitter Free Iran: an Evaluation of Twitter's Role in Public Diplomacy and Information Operations in Iran's 2009 Election Crisis. Proceedings of the Communications Policy & Research Forum (CPRF) 2009, 19th- 20th November 2009, University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 298-310.

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