Trevor Barr is Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University and Principal Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries. He was a Program Manager for the Smart Internet CRC where his research work included the futures review "Smart Internet 2010".
His four major books have each been standard references in university media and telecommunications courses for many years, and influential in policy formulation. Trevor has been employed as a senior adviser or consultant by a number of government and industry bodies, including the Commission for the Future, Telstra, and Ericsson Australia. He was the inaugural Director of the Australian Electronics Development Centre, an initiative of the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to develop small and medium sized companies in information based industries.
Trevor Barr has been a regular national media commentator for a long period, notably on ABC Radio, with AM and PM, Background Briefing, and also on Australia's leading news and current affairs television programs, including Four Corners and the 7.30 Report.
He was the Consumer Co-Chair of the Telstra Consumer Consultative Council (TCCC), an advisory body to Telstra for five years, until 2008. In March 2007 he was awarded the Charles Todd Medal by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group.
The Sydney Morning Herald chose him as one of the 20 influential thinkers about major future issues facing Australia