Economic and cultural value of the performing arts: the generation and transmission of value in the theatre industry

Economic and cultural value of the performing arts: the generation and transmission of value in the theatre industry

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Opening Date

30 Apr 2020 12am AEST 

Closing Date

30 Sep 2020 11pm AEST 

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This project aims to analyse in depth the creation, transmission and reception of value produced by artistic and cultural organisations, with particular reference to the live theatre. The project is developing an innovative approach to analysing how theatre companies create value for their audiences, for theatre professionals, for theatre as an artform, and for the community at large. It brings together an in-depth assessment of both economic and cultural value in the performing arts within an integrated theoretical framework derived from both cultural economics and theatre studies. There will be an empirical application to the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney which will involve small group work, targeted interviews and sample surveys of audiences, artists, managers, the local community and the general public.

Applicants should have a background in, or strong interests in, either cultural economics or theatre studies.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Professor David Throsby
Phone: +61-400 040 234

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the OnlineHDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

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