Professor Ryan Daniel has interests in music, artists' careers, creative industries, creativity, innovation, cultural policy and continuous improvement and leadership in higher education arts environments. After completing a Bachelor of Music Honours degree in 1994 (Class I and University Medal), Professor Daniel completed a Master of Music degree on scholarship at the University of Cape Town where he studied with the renowned chamber musician Lamar Crowson. Following a short period in Manchester where he worked with a leading Beethoven scholar, Dr Barry Cooper, Ryan returned to commence an academic career at James Cook University, completing his PhD in 2005. 

Professor Daniel was appointed as Foundation Head of School of Creative Arts at JCU from 2007-2011.  In 2011 he was awarded the Career Development Association of Australia ‘Research Award’ for the best article by an Australian author published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in 2010. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications, with many in leading international journals including the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Studies in Higher Education, Creative Industries, British Journal of Music Education, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, CoDesign, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and Music Education Research. Professor Daniel has achieved significant awards for his teaching, including twice winner of the JCU Vice Chancellor’s citation for teaching excellence (2004, 2006), as well as a national ALTC citation (2010). In both 2018 and 2019 he was awarded the Graduate Research School "Supervisory Panel of the Year" award with his colleagues. He is a reviewer for a range of journals and book publishing houses as well as grants assessor for Arts Queensland.

  • BA4102: Communicating Research (Level 4; TSV)
  • NM2104: Research and Ethics in Creative Arts (Level 2; TSV)
  • NM3902: Professional Practice in Creative Arts (Level 3; TSV)
  • Creativity, Innovation, Cultural Policy, Creative Industries, Music, Higher Education
  • 2015 to 2024 - Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2021 to 2023 - Peer review board member, Creative Industries Journal (Taylor & Francis)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Associate Dean Research Education (CASE), James Cook University (All campuses)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Member - Academic Board, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2019 - Grants Assessor, Arts Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2014 to 2016 - School Council Chair, Kirwan State High School (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Fellow in Residence, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2013 to 2014 - External Reviewer, Hong Kong Institute of Education (Singapore)
  • 2012 - Fellow in Residence, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2011 - Head of School of Creative Arts, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Acting Head of School Creative Arts, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Editorial board member, Music Education Research and Innovation (Queensland)
  • 1999 to 2004 - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1995 to 1998 - Sessional Lecturer, College of Music, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 1992 to 1994 - Sessional Lecturer, Department of Music, James Cook University (Townsville)
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  • 2019 - Supervisory panel of the year for David Crowe's PhD thesis
  • 2018 - Supervisory panel of the year for Brett Levine's PhD thesis
  • 2010 - Career Development Association of Australia Research Award for best article by an Australian author published in the Australian Journal of Career Development 2010.
  • 2006 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2006 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2004 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2002 - ‘Best paper presentation by a postgraduate student’ award, Australian Association of Research in Music Education conference, University of Adelaide
  • 1998 - Overseas Research Student Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, United Kingdom
  • 1998 - University of Manchester PhD Research Studentship, Manchester UK
  • 1998 - Jules Kramer Music Grant for Overseas Study, University of Cape Town
  • 1995 - J.W. Jagger Memorial Foreign Student Scholarship, University of Cape Town

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  • Imagining Beauty: Towards a New Theory of Feminist aesthetics in Contemporary Digital Photography (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Building cultural and social capital through re-purposing community industrial infrastructure: A Case study of the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Longing, Loss and Love in Queer Vampire Fiction: A Creative and Critical Approach to Writing Desire (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • The Victorian Gold Rush: a Creative Schizoanalysis (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Lines Drawn in the Sand: Re-establishing identity within isolated Northern Queensland and Tasmanian shorelines through wayfaring and contemporary jewellery praxis. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Visual World-Building: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Concept Design in Fantasy Role Playing Games. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Investigating the natio-cultural distinctiveness of Australian popular music and the dynamics of needs fulfilment in Australian singers and audiences. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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