Dr Amanda Coles

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Deakin Business School

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

amanda.coles@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68766

Biography

Amanda Coles is a Lecturer in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Amanda areas of expertise are in Arts and Cultural Management and Employment Relations. Her research examines the political economy of labour markets and workforce development in the cultural economy with a focus on public policy, collective representation and gender. 

Amanda works closely with industry groups on a range of policy-related issues, most recently with the Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES). She is a Co-Researcher with the SSHRC funded Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalisation and Work in Montreal, Canada. Her academic career is informed by her professional history in the arts and cultural sector.

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Career highlights

Research Impact

In July 2019, Women in Film and Television Vancouver presented me with the Please Adjust Your Set Award at their 20th anniversary gala. My body of research was recognised for providing “essential analysis and data that has assisted in launching new policies and programs designed to address structural impediments to gender equity and inclusion”  in the Canadian film and television industry.

The recommendations in the 2018 Gender Equality and the Arts Evidence Review for VicHealth, led by A/Professor Kate MacNeill at the University of Melbourne, have been adopted by VicHealth and form the architecture for the Gender Equality Through the Arts Project Grants. A summary of the research report is available as part of the supporting documentation for the $300,000 grant program which provides local government councils, in partnership with local and international arts organisations, with up to $85,000 for projects designed to“raise awareness of and promote gender equality” through the arts.

The 2017 Skipping a beat: assessing the state of gender inequality in the Australian music industry report, led by A/Professor Rae Cooper at the University of Sydney, received national attention in print, radio and television media, including widespread coverage by trade and industry organisations. The report was also a key reference document in the 2018 launch of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards.

The 2016 CUES Report, What’s wrong with this picture? generated articles in the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood; local and national online and print media outlets across Canada; a feature live interview on national evening news; and coverage by leading industry advocacy bodies. The report is also referenced in the following policy and regulatory contexts:
• Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Women and Leadership in the Cultural Sector Hearings, 2018
• Canadian content in a digital world, Department of Canadian Heritage, 2016
• Telefilm Canada gender parity measures for feature film production, November 2016
• CBC Breaking Barriers Fund, November 2016

Publication of the 2013 CUES report Focus on Women resulted in an invitation from the Chair of the federal broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to present my research to the Commission. Regrettably, I had to decline this opportunity as I was unable to travel internationally at the time.

Research interests

  • Creative industries
  • Workforce Development
  • Labour Market Regulation
  • Public Policy
  • Equity and Diversity

Teaching interests

  • Creative Industries
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Equity and Diversity

Units taught

  • MMM 707 - Creative Industries
  • MMM 796 - Managing Cultural Projects and Events
  • MMM 312 - Event Management
  • MMM 905 - Philosophy of Research

Knowledge areas

  • Cultural Policy 
  • Creative Industries
  • Inclusion and Diversity 
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Unions

Conferences

Invited presentations, conferences & public engagement

Coles, A. (2019). Organising for equality? Unions and equity politics in the creative industries. Escaping the 'Noose': Freelancers and diversity work in the UK screen industries. Symposium hosted by the Institute for Screen Industries Research. September 4. University of Nottingham, UK.

----. (2019). Panelist - Policy for the new decade. With Alison Croggon (critic and novelist), Adrian Collette (Australia Council), Justin O’Connor (University of South Australia). Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade. April 8, Melbourne.

----. (2019). Gender and Inclusion: Seeking Solutions Through Redefining Risk. Keynote address. Vancouver Women’s International Film Festival, 2019. March 9, Vancouver.

----. (2018). Closing plenary: The Challenges of Organizational and Institutional Experimentation for World of Work Actors. CRIMT International Conference: What Kind of Work for the Future? Disruption, Experimentation and Re- Regulation. October, HEC Montréal, Montreal, Canada

----. (2018). Facilitator, Brainstorming the future of the DGC. All-elected National Delegates Meeting, Directors Guild of Canada. October, Toronto, Canada.

----. (2018). The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries. Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies National Speaker Series. October. McMaster University.

----. (2018). Gender at work: unions and equity politics in the media, entertainment and arts industries. Keynote address at the UNI-MEI Executive Board meeting, Toronto, Oct 2018.

----. (2017). Inequality is the symptom, not the problem. Keynote address and industry panel discussion, Directors Guild of Canada, Vancouver, November 2017.

----. (2017). Not business as usual; conceptualizing inequality in cultural industries. Radical Social Innovation Colloquium, Queen Mary University, London, May.

----. (2016). What’s wrong with this picture? Directors and gender inequality in the Canadian screen-based industries. Public lecture, School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Ryerson University, Toronto, October.

----. (2016). Women in Film and Television Victoria Annual General Meeting. Plenary discussion on gender inequality in the screen-based production industry. September, Melbourne, VIC.

----. (2015). Everything old is new again: 21st century content for 19th century labour markets. Plenary session – Public policy, labour market governance and economic innovation. CRIMT International Conference, May 2015, Montreal, PQ.

----. (2013) No More Mr. Nice Guy: Conservatives, ‘Canada’ and International Cultural Relations. Paper presented at the Twentieth Annual York Centre for International and Security Studies Conference, March, 2013

----. (2012) Panelist – Promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Workplace. International Federation of Actors (FIA) Congress, September 2012, Toronto, ON

----. (2012) Panelist – Getting Our Dues: Women Work and Unions in the Screen-based industries. Women in Film and Television Atlantic Women Making Waves Conference, March 2012, Halifax, NS

----. (2008) Focus on Youth: Youth Arts and Policy in Canada and the UK. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual National Forum on Public Policy and the Third Sector, 2008, The School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, Kingston ON

----. (2008). Unintended Consequences: Analyzing the impact of labour tax credits and regional competition on labour markets in the Canadian English language film and television production sector. Paper presented at the International Forum on the Creative Economy, Co-sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, March, Gatineau, PQ

Media appearances

Research Impact

In July 2019, Women in Film and Television Vancouver presented me with the Please Adjust Your Set Award at their 20th anniversary gala. My body of research was recognised for providing “essential analysis and data that has assisted in launching new policies and programs designed to address structural impediments to gender equity and inclusion”  in the Canadian film and television industry.

The recommendations in the 2018 Gender Equality and the Arts Evidence Review for VicHealth, led by A/Professor Kate MacNeill at the University of Melbourne, have been adopted by VicHealth and form the architecture for the Gender Equality Through the Arts Project Grants. A summary of the research report is available as part of the supporting documentation for the $300,000 grant program which provides local government councils, in partnership with local and international arts organisations, with up to $85,000 for projects designed to“raise awareness of and promote gender equality” through the arts.

The 2017 Skipping a beat: assessing the state of gender inequality in the Australian music industry report, led by A/Professor Rae Cooper at the University of Sydney, received national attention in print, radio and television media, including widespread coverage by trade and industry organisations. The report was also a key reference document in the 2018 launch of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards.

The 2016 CUES Report, What’s wrong with this picture? generated articles in the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood; local and national online and print media outlets across Canada; a feature live interview on national evening news; and coverage by leading industry advocacy bodies. The report is also referenced in the following policy and regulatory contexts:
• Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Women and Leadership in the Cultural Sector Hearings, 2018
• Canadian content in a digital world, Department of Canadian Heritage, 2016
• Telefilm Canada gender parity measures for feature film production, November 2016
• CBC Breaking Barriers Fund, November 2016

Publication of the 2013 CUES report Focus on Women resulted in an invitation from the Chair of the federal broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to present my research to the Commission. Regrettably, I had to decline this opportunity as I was unable to travel internationally at the time.

Research groups

Co-Investigator, Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) http://www.crimt.org/EN_Index.html

Member, The Kinomatics Project: https://kinomatics.com/

Awards

Recipient, Please Adjust Your Set Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Policy Impact. Women in Film and Television Vancouver, 2019.

Honorable mention, Best Dissertation, Labour and Employment Relations Association, 2013

Projects

Government research & reports

Coles, A., Macneill, K.M., Vincent, J.B., Vincent, C., with Barre, P. (2018). The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries. Research review 2010-2018. Prepared for the Ontario Arts Council. http://www.arts.on.ca/oac/media/oac/Publications/Research%20Reports%20EN- FR/Arts%20Funding%20and%20Support/OAC-Women-the-Arts-Report_Final_EN_Oct5.pdf

Macneill, K.M., Coles, A., Vincent, J.B. (2018). Gender Equality through the Arts and Cultural Industries: a review of case studies and evidence. Prepared for VicHealth. https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and- resources/publications/gender-equality-through-the-arts-and-creative-industries

Coles, A. et al. (2017) Public Diplomacy Evaluation 2014-2016. Prepared for the Public Diplomacy division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. September.

Coles, A. (2007) Youth Arts Programming in Canada: Practice and Policy. Canadian Cultural Observatory website, ‘In Focus’ Research paper for the Department of Canadian Heritage

Industry research & reports

Cooper, R., Coles, A and Hanna-Osborne, S. (2017). Skipping a beat: assessing the state of gender inequality in the Australian music industry. Prepared for the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. http://sydney.edu.au/business/ data/assets/pdf_file/0005/315275/Skipping-a-Beat_FINAL_210717.pdf

Centre for People, Organisation and Work. (2017). Doing things differently: a strategy for the Gippsland Region. https://www.rmit.edu.au/content/dam/rmit/documents/research/centres/centre-for-people-organisation-and- work/Report-doing-things-differently-Submit_15.02.17.pdf

Coles, A. (2016). What’s wrong with this picture?: Directors and Gender inequality in the Canadian screen-based production sector. A report for the Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES): a joint initiative of ACTRA, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers Guild of Canada, IATSE, Nabet 700-CEP, Union des Artistes and Women in View. https://www.womeninfilm.ca/_Library/Advocacy/Coles_WWWTP_Report.pdf

Coles, A. (2013). Focus On Women: A report on gender (in)equality in the Canadian screen-based production industry. For Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES): a joint initiative of ACTRA, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers Guild of Canada, IATSE, Nabet 700-CEP, Union des Artistes and Women in View. http://www.actra.ca/actra/focus/

Coles, A. (2009) Nova Scotia Motion Picture Industry Association, OnScreen Manitoba, Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association and New Brunswick Film Advisory Committee. Joint brief on regional production issues for the Canada Media Fund industry consultations

Coles, A. (2009) Nova Scotia Motion Picture Association (NSMPIA). Strategic planning, organizational development and grant writing for emerging industry association

Coles, A. (2008) International Cinematographers Guild I.A.T.S.E. Local 667. Research report, grant writing and strategic partnership development for professional development and training programs for Canadian cinematographers and camera technicians

Publications

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2020

Identifying trends, assessing response: gender representation at the Royal Opera

Caitlin Vincent, Jordan Vincent, Amanda Coles

(2020), pp. 59-64, GSWC 2020 : Proceedings of the inaugural gender and sexuality at work: a multidisciplinary research and engagement conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference
2019

Controversy, uncertainty and the diverse public in cultural diplomacy: Australia-China relations

K Johanson, A Coles, H Glow, C Vincent

(2019), Vol. 73, pp. 397-413, Australian journal of international affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Asia TOPA: the impact of Asia TOPA on the Victorian Cultural Sector: collaboration and capacity building

H Glow, Katya Johanson, A North-Samardzic, Anne Kershaw, Amanda Coles, Jordan Vincent

(2018), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: research review 2010 - 2018

Amanda Coles, Kate MacNeill, Jordan Vincent, Caitlin Vincent, Philippe Barre

(2018), Toronto, Ont., A6

research report/technical paper

Gender equality through the arts and creative industries: a review of case studies and evidence

Kate MacNeill, Amanda Coles, Jordan Vincent

(2018), [Melbourne, Vic]], A6

research report/technical paper
2017

Policy ecologies, gender, work, and regulation distance in film and TV production

A Coles, K MacNeill

(2017), pp. 211-231, Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps, B1

book chapter

Doing things differently: a strategy for the Gippsland region

A Coles, P Fairbrother, N Jovanovski, F Macdonald, V Prokopiv, D Safari, H Scott, K Williams

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Public diplomacy evaluation 2014-2016

A Coles, H Glow, K Johanson, J Vincent, T Boots, J Howard, C Reddan, C Vincent

(2017), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

Creative class politics: unions and the creative economy

A Coles

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 456-472, International journal of cultural policy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

What's wrong with this picture? Directors and gender inequality in the Canadian screen-based production industry

A Coles

(2016), [Montreal, Qubec], A6-1

research report/technical paper
2015

Time, space and power: introduction to the special issue on the making and remaking of unions, community, work and family life

A Coles

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 1-8, Labour & industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2013

Focus on women: a report on gender (in)equality in the Canadian independent screen-based production industry

A Coles

(2013), [Montreal, Qubec], A6-1

research report/technical paper
2012

Unions, gender equity and neoconservative politics

A Coles, C Yates

(2012), pp. 178-189, Rethinking the politics of labour in Canada, Nova Scotia, Canada, B1-1

book chapter
2010

Unintended consequences: examining the impact of tax credit programmes on work in the canadian independent film and television production sector

A Coles

(2010), Vol. 19, pp. 109-124, Cultural trends, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2006

Acting in the name of culture? Organized labour campaigns for Canadian dramatic programming

A Coles

(2006), Vol. 31, pp. 519-540, Canadian journal of communication, Vancouver, Canada, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Public Diplomacy Evaluation

Dr Amanda Coles, Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Jordan Vincent

  • 2017: $50,000

Status of Women in the Arts.

Dr Amanda Coles, Dr Jordan Vincent, Dr Kate MacNeill, A/Prof Phillippe Barre

  • 2018: $24,457

Industry and Other Funding

Women in View Program Assessment

Dr Amanda Coles

  • 2017: $3,056

Workforce Development and Diversity in Australian Cinematography.

Dr Amanda Coles

  • 2020: $4,545

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report