Dr. Mark Ryan, publishing as Mark David Ryan, is an Associate Professor in film and screen and a Chief Investigator for the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC). He is an expert in screen industries research, Australian genre cinema, genre film studies, and digital media.
He is a Chief Investigator of various funded research projects such as Valuing Web Series: Economic, Industrial, Cultural and Social Value and 2018 Innovation Connections Grant.
Mark was also received the 2018 AFI Research Fellowship, at the AFI Research Collection, Australian Film Institute and RMIT University.
He was the President of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAAZ) between 2015 and 2018 and an Executive Member of Australian Screen Producers Education and Research Association (ASPERA) in 2015/2016. He is the co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 – an examination of Australian feature films by popular movie genre.
His research has been published in leading film and media studies journals, including New Review of Film & Television Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture and Policy, Senses of Cinema, and Studies in Australasian Cinema.
In 2014, Mark was the chief investigator of an empirical study titled ‘How is Australian Cinema Studies Taught in Australian Universities’. He was a chief investigator of the second Australian Screen Producer (ASP) survey, a nation-wide study of the motivations and practices of screen producers in four key industry sectors: film, television, corporate production and digital media