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Professor Stephen Boyle

Professor Stephen Boyle

Professor Stephen Boyle

Acting Campus Dean & Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement


  • PhD in Cultural Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  • Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation (South Australia)


Professor Stephen Boyle is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore for James Cook University. Stephen is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Singapore campus of James Cook University and is a member of the JCU Executive.

Prior to joining the Singapore Campus Stephen was the Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance (CBLG) at James Cook University, based in Townsville, Australia. As Dean of CBLG he led the transition of the Australian Tropical Campuses in the move to trimesters and the adoption of an active learning model in Business and Law.

Stephen was previously Dean: Academic of the University of Sout Australia (UniSA) Business School, and the inaugural Academic Director of UniSA College which he established to provide pathways for non-traditional students to successfully enter university. He was also instrumental in establishing the James Morrison Academy of Music @ UniSA.

Stephen's teaching and research interests are in cultural policy, arts management and the creative economy. He chaired the 41st International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts and was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. He is an Adjunct Researcher at the Culture and Leisure Industry Research Centre at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. He is also a Visiting Professor at UIBE where he teaches classes in the Creative Industries in the Asia Pacific Region.

Stephen trained originally as a musician completing an Honours degree in Music Performance at the University of Adelaide and worked with many national and international artists during his career. He undertook his MBA at the University of South Australia and then completed his PhD in cultural economics at Macquarie University. He studied with cultural economist, Professor David Throsby examining the economics of symphony orchestras in Australia. Professor Stephen Boyle won best paper in the Economic Papers journal in 2012 for his work on productivity analysis of symphony orchestras.

Stephen is a Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce in Townsville, and is President of the North Queensland Ensembles Inc trading as the Barrier Reef Orchestra.