Peter Murphy is Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute of James Cook University.  He was previously Professor of Arts and Society and Head of Arts and Creative Media at James Cook University. He completed his PhD at La Trobe University under the direction of the philosopher Agnes Heller. Before coming to James Cook University, he held continuing appointments in Political Science at the University of Ballarat, in the Master of Communication Program at Victoria University, Wellington, and in Communications and Media at Monash University where he was Director of the Social Aesthetics Research Unit. He has also been a visiting academic in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research in New York City, in the Hellenic Language and Literatures Program at Ohio State University, in Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University, Athens, in Political Science at Baylor University, Texas, in Philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, in Communications and Media Studies at Seoul National University, in Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He also spent a number years at the pioneering Australian Internet search company Looksmart in editorial and analytic roles. His major research interests concern the nature of creativity and the imagination. He is the author of Universities and Innovation Economies (2015), The Collective Imagination (2012) and Civic Justice (2001), the co-author of Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism (2004), Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (2009), Global Creation (2010), and Imagination (2010), and the co-editor of Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music (2010). The Collective Imagination was a Baker and Taylor YBP Library Services UK Core Title and US Core Title in 2012. Murphy, Marginson and Peter’s Imagination: Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge was awarded an American Education Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award in 2010. Murphy is Coordinating Editor of the social theory journal Thesis Eleven (Sage Publications) and was Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2012-2014) Crucibles of creativity? Australian universities and path-breaking intellectual work.

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  • 2012 - The Collective Imagination YBP UK Core Title for 2012; YBP US Core Title for 2012
  • 2010 - American Education Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award, awarded for Imagination: Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy
  • 2010 - Monash University Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision

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  • Murphy P (2022) Kavanaugh’s Trial by Ordeal. In: The Fortunate : Ten Great Writers Highlight How We Created Free and Affluent Societies. Connor Court, Redland Bay, QLD, Australia, pp. 139-156

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 126+ research outputs authored by Prof Peter W Murphy from 1994 onwards.

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