Dr Michael Scott

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (356)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a sociologist of cultural production and urban cultural economies, and engage with classical and contemporary social theory to analyse current trends and institutions.

I have a particular research interest in theorising entrepreneurial action within the Creative Industries, the state-market nexus of cultural production, and how the assemblage of finance and digital data shapes creative practice.

My research includes 'Craft fields and the temporal structures of quilting' (2021, International Journal of Cultural Studies), 'Hipster Capitalism in the age of Austerity' (2017, Cultural Sociology), ‘Cultural Entrepreneurs and the Vacancy Fix’ (2018, City, Culture, and Society), the influential 'Cultural entrepreneurs/Cultural entrepreneurship' article in Poetics (2012, available here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael-Scott-4), and the monograph Making New Zealand's Pop Renaissance (Routledge, 2016).

I am currently working on a College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences funded project entitled Creativity and Credit investigating the relationships emerging artists negotiate with contemporary finance and debt.

I teach across undergraduate Sociology topics with a focus on social theory and cultural sociology. I also teach into the Creative Industries degrees, including Creative Cities, Understanding the Music Industry, and Introduction to Popular Music. My involvement in the new CHASS Music Industry program is informed by extensive prior experience as an independent international touring and recording musician (for an oral history see: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/music101/audio/2018840947/eye-tv-s-sean-sturm-on-their-career).

I am a member of The Australian Sociological Association and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.


PhD (2009, Sociology, University of Auckland)

Master of Arts (Honours: First Class, 2003, Development Studies, University of Auckland)

Diploma in Teaching (1998, Secondary, University of Auckland)

Bachelor of Arts (1994, University of Auckland)

Honours, awards and grants

Innovation in Teaching Award - 2021, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2004)

Key responsibilities

Academic Integrity Officer (CHASS)

College representative on the Rural and Remote Working Group

Topic Co-ordinator for Bachelor of Creative Industries (Music Industry)

Topic coordinator
SOCI1001 Issues in Sociology
SOCI2002 Love, death and power
CREA2101 Creative Cities
CREA2107 Understanding the Music Industry
Topic lecturer
SOCI3052 Sociology of art, culture and media
Supervisory interests
Creative cultures
Creative industries
Critical policy theory
Social network analysis
Urban studies
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Sociology (1)
Expert for media contact
Urban cultural economy
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Media expertise
  • Culture
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Urban cultural economy