Professor Deborah Stevenson

Professor, ICS, Western Sydney University
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Bath 


Professor Deborah Stevenson

Deborah Stevenson has held academic positions at the University of Newcastle, the University of Technology, Sydney, and Western Sydney University, and is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath. A sociologist with research interests in arts and cultural policy, cities and urban life, and the role of gender in shaping creative practice and cultural consumption.

Professor Stevenson’s many publications include the books: Cities of Culture: A Global Perspective (Routledge 2017; translated into Chinese and Serbian); The City (Polity 2013; translated into Polish); Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller (co-authored, Sage 2010; translated into Turkish); Cities and Urban Cultures (Open University Press 2003; translated into Greek and Chinese and published under license in India and South East Asia); and Art and Organisation: Making Australian Cultural Policy (University of Queensland Press 2000).

In addition, she is co-editor of the Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture (2013); Culture and the City: Creativity, Tourism, Leisure (Routledge 2012); the forthcoming Routledge Urban Media and Communication Companion, and The Australian Art Field: Practices, Policies, Institutions (Routledge). She is currently writing Cultural Policy Beyond the Economy: Work, Value and the Social for the UK publisher Edward Elgar. Professor Stevenson sits on the editorial boards of leading international journals including the International Journal of Cultural Policy and is an editor of the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

Her research program has been supported by grant and contract funding in excess of $3 million and includes eight successful Australian Research Council grants with her most recent ARC projects being ‘Recalibrating Culture: Production, Consumption, Policy’, ‘Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics’, and ‘UNESCO and the Making of Global Cultural Policy: Culture, Economy, Development’.  She has worked as an advisor and consultant to all levels of government and was a ministerial appointment to the Reference Group for the development of the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework.  Professor Stevenson has held a number of senior positions at Western Sydney University notably, Foundation Dean of the Graduate Research School, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Research, and Head of the School of Social Sciences.

Deborah Stevenson has held a number of senior positions at Western Sydney University notably, Inaugural Dean of the Graduate Research School, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Research, and Head of the School of Social Sciences.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), 1994, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • BA (Hons-1) (Sociology), 1990, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • BA (Double major in Sociology), 1989, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Research Focus

  • Arts and cultural policy
  • Cities and urban life
  • Gender and cultural production and consumption

Selected Publications

Stevenson, D. (2018) ‘The Unfashionable Cultural Worker: Considering the Demography and Practice of Artists in Greater Western Sydney’, The International Journal of Cultural Policy DOI 10.1080/10286632.2018.1436168.

Stevenson, D. (2017) Cities of Culture: A Global Perspective. London: Routledge. First published in hardback in 2014.

Stevenson, D. (2013) The City. Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA: Polity.

Wearing, S., Stevenson, D. and Young. T. (2010) Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller. London, Thousand Oaks CA, New Delhi and Singapore: Sage.

Everingham, C., Stevenson, D. and Warner-Smith, P. (2007) ‘‘Things are Getting Better all the Time’? Challenging the Narrative of Women’s Progress from a Generational Perspective’, Sociology (Journal of the British Sociological Association), 41(3): 419-437.

Stevenson, D. (2005) ‘Cultural Planning in Australia: Texts and Contexts’, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 35(1): 36-49.

Stevenson, D. (2004) ‘‘Civic Gold’ Rush: Cultural Planning and the Politics of the Third Way’, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 10(1): 119-131.

Stevenson, D. (2003) Cities and Urban Cultures. Maidenhead, UK and Philadelphia PA: Open University Press.

Stevenson, D. (2000) Art and Organisation: Making Australian Cultural Policy. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

Stevenson, D. (1999) ‘Reflections of a ‘Great Port City’: The Case of Newcastle, Australia’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 17(1): 105-119.


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Q&A with Deborah

Professor Stevenson discusses the challenges and opportunities for contemporary feminism. 

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