Research Training

Research training in the DMRC

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre provides a stimulating and supportive research training environment, where Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students work alongside senior researchers to address emerging challenges and help solve practical problems.

In addition to formal coursework in research methods, our research training activities include:

  • Regular seminars and public lectures
  • Masterclasses with visiting scholars
  • Regular digital methods workshops
  • Reading groups
  • An annual DMRC Summer School attracting PhD students from around the world
  • Exchanges and visiting fellowships with the DMRC’s partner organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally
  • An online course on social media analytics.

How to join us

There are currently three pathways to joining us in Research Training as a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student:

PhD Scholarships are available to competitive applicants with excellent academic track records through QUT’s Annual Scholarship Round, which closes in September each year for higher degree research starting the following year. In June/July of each year, the DMRC will advertise priority topics for the annual scholarship round and call for expressions of interest from prospective applicants.

Making an expression of interest for HDR study

The expression of interest process for scholarships starting in 2019 has now closed, and will re-open for 2020 scholarships in June 2019. Please sign up to the DMRC newsletter or follow us on social media to receive news of upcoming scholarship rounds.

If you wish to undertake higher degree research with the DMRC but do not require a scholarship (or will bring one with you), please complete our out-of-round expression of interest form. If you are unable to access the online form, please contact the Research Training Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell ( for a Word document version.

Priority topics

We welcome expressions of interest (see process above) for HDR projects that address our priority topics for 2019:

  1. A critical assessment of the empirical evidence for echo chambers and filter bubbles in social media
  2. Bias in algorithmic governance
  3. Challenges of digital inclusion: access, diversity, participation, and skills
  4. Digital media, location data, and everyday negotiations around geoprivacy
  5. Digital transformations in journalistic practice
  6. Diverse vernacular and popular cultures of digital media
  7. Diversity and digital dating cultures
  8. Diversity and inclusion in the videogame industry
  9. Indigenous tourism and digital narrative strategies
  10. Innovation in news media organisations in response to digital media
  11. Labor, equality, and gender in the film and television industries
  12. Progressive online communities, with particular reference to Muslim or Australian Indigenous communities
  13. Trust in the digital economy
  14. Using digital methods to analyse the circulation of rumours, misinformation, and ‘fake news’ in social media
  15. Using digital methods to map data flows in social media environments
  16. Youth uses of and trust in news and information in the social media age

Supervisors and supervisory interests

  • Assoc. Prof. John Banks: videogames industry, consumer co-creation
  • Prof. Axel Bruns: social media, journalism studies, citizen journalism, Internet studies, media and communication, user-led content creation
  • Prof. Jean Burgess: civic engagement, diversity and inclusion in social media environments, feminist and LGBTQ politics, platform governance and platform studies, issue mapping and controversy analysis, everyday digital media use
  • Assoc. Prof. Susan Carson: cultural tourism, literary and cultural trails, digital applications, Indigenous tourism, Australian studies
  • Dr Elija Cassidy: digital diversity and inclusion, everyday digital media use, digital dating/hookup apps, digital LGBTQ cultures, online safety and harassment, participatory reluctance, cultures of non-use and resistant appropriation, digital diasporas
  • Prof. Stuart Cunningham: media industries in transition; digital platform studies; creative industries; media convergence; media, arts, communications and cultural policy
  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Dezuanni: digital and media literacy, digital inclusion, children’s digital cultures, media education and media arts
  • Prof. Terry Flew: creative industries, globalisation and international trade, media convergence, media and citizenship, media in Asia, media policy
  • Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington: emergent forms of journalism, entertainment, political citizenship
  • Dr Brendan Keogh: video games, game studies, creative industries, game development, creative labour, digital media, informal labour, game industry, new media
  • Dr Ariadna Matamoros Fernández:  Platform governance and platform studies, digital methods, popular cultures of digital media, race and racism on digital platforms, online harassment, misinformation/disinformation
  • Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell: locative/mobile/geosocial media, media geography, digital ethics, digital diversity, critical approaches to data, data literacy, everyday digital media use
  • Dr Kylie Pappalardo: copyright, intellectual property, intermediary liability, open access, online governance, regulation, digital media
  • Prof. Matthew Rimmer: intellectual property, digital copyright, clean technologies, and climate change, media and information technology law
  • Assoc. Prof. Angela Romano: cultural diversity and journalism, journalism and democracy, journalism in developing countries, public journalism, civic journalism and deliberation, media representations of refugees, women in the media
  • Dr Mark Ryan: Film, television, and screen genres; Australian film and television; film and screen industries; health and screen media; blockchain and screen production
  • Dr Kevin Sanson: media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries, film/television studies
  • Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals: journalism studies, political communication, media and democracy, election reporting (Brexit), fake news
  • Dr Christina Spurgeon: advertising studies, co-creative media, community media
  • Assoc. Prof. Nic Suzor: platform governance; internet regulation; open knowledge, open access, and free culture; digital copyright
  • Dr T. J. Thomson: visual communication, especially in mediated or networked contexts, such as journalism and social media; visual literacy; visual sociology; visual self-representation; image culture
  • Prof. Patrik Wikström: digital creative economy, cultural economics, music, computational social science