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Research Training

 

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.

Postgraduate Courses

There are currently two pathways to joining us in Research Training:

Current Research Students and Projects

Jacinta Buchbach

Thesis title: Social media policies and work: Reconciling personal autonomy interests and employer risk

Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Nic Suzor
Associate supervisor: Prof Matthew Rimmer


Delfi Chinnappan

Thesis title: An anthropological study of digital media: Its usage and impact among the hijras (third gender) of Mumbai, India

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Emma Baulch
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy

Ella Chorazy

Thesis title: Spin un-spun: unravelling cultural representations and Australian understandings of public relations

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Brian McNair
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Rachel Cobcroft

Thesis title: From ‘life cache’ to common-based creativity: Longitudinal ethnographic examination of user motivations for online content creation in Flickr.com

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Nicolas Suzor

Bryan Crawford

Thesis title: The art and science of storytelling in the digital age

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Kevin Sanson
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Helen Klaebe

Ehsan Dehghan

Thesis title: The dynamics of public opinion in the Australian Twittersphere

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Peta Mitchell

Katherina Drinkuth

Thesis title: The fight for visibility – interactions between users and algorithms on UGC platforms

  • Principal supervisor:  Assoc Prof Nic Suzor
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Matthew Rimmer

Stefanie Duguay

Thesis title: From being Instagay to queering Tinderella: A cross-platform investigation of sexual and gender identity performances on social media

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy

Sara Ekberg

Thesis title: The balancing act between organisational stability and change: The case of institutional integrity in newspaper organisations

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Patrik Wikström
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Per Davidsson

Akhmad Firmannamal

Thesis title: The role of social media for Indonesia’s presidential communication strategy

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Emma Baulch

Sofya Glazunova

Thesis title: Parliamentary Public Communication: Directions, organizations, performance evaluation

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Brian McNair
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Angela Romano

Rosalie Gillett

Thesis title: Everyday violence: Women’s experiences of unwanted interactions on Tinder

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Molly Dragiewicz
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy

Lisa Harrison

Thesis title: What makes an influencer? Personal branding strategies of successful social media users

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Ruth Bridgstock

Guy Healy

Thesis title: Australian YouTubers: Attempting a deep dive among the distruptors

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof John Banks

Matthew Hsu

Thesis title: Lo-fi in the digital age: Australian indie-folk identity and social media

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Gavin Carfoot

Edward Hurcombe

Thesis title: Mapping the social news ecology and its role in public communication

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Alexie Jell Thwaites

Thesis title: Power in the wings: An examination of the artist manager as a commercial and artistic force

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Kevin Sanson
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Patrik Wikström

Michael Lee

Thesis title: NBA memes: The role of fan image macros within the online NBA fan community

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Professor Jean Burgess

Amanda Levido

Thesis title: The implementation of media arts in primary schools

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Michael Dezuanni
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Phoebe Hart

Kelly Lewis

Thesis title: Visual social media and emotion in activist political discourse and contemporary social movements

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Tim Highfield
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess

Jiajie Lu

Thesis title: Understanding the Chinese digital diaspora: From media consumption to social connections

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Peta Mitchell

Kerryn Manifold

Thesis title: Social media and Queensland politics

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Clive Bean

Ariadna Matamoros Fernández

Thesis title: Platformed racism: The mediation and circulation of the Adam Goodes booing and war dance controversy on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Timothy Highfield

Callum McWaters

Thesis title: The National Broadband Network in Townsville: A tool for digital transformation?

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Christina Spurgeon
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Terry Flew

Prue Miles

Thesis title: Teachers’ use of multiplatform educational screen content: The case of Australia’s SBS

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Michael Dezuanni

Jay Mogis

Thesis title: Measuring the value of music usage metrics across cultural, legislative and financial networks

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Patrik Wikström
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Nic Suzor

Silvia Ximena Montana Nino

Thesis title: Re-examining the autonomy in the journalistic field: Changes and interdependencies between new and traditional actors

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Folker Hanusch
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Gabriela Monteiro Lunardi

Thesis title: Internet memes and Brazilian cultural identity

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Felix Victor Muench

Thesis title: Measuring networked media: Exploring network science methods for online media studies

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Patrik Wikström

Judy Newton

Thesis title: The impact of social media activism and communication on the Australian community’s awareness of and response to human exploitation and forced labour

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Molly Dragiewicz
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Erin O’Brien

Ellen Nielsen

Thesis title: Employability strategies used by Creative Industries graduates

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Ruth Bridgstock
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Paul McDonald

Rido Parulian Panjaitan

Thesis title: Government in online spaces: Critical evaluation of citizen to government participation in contemporary Indonesia

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Emma Baulch

Alila Pramiyanti

Thesis title: Hijabers on Twitter: The modern Muslim self and communities of consumption

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Emma Baulch
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Evonne Miller

Andrew Quodling

Thesis title: Social media governance – platforms in conflict: The strategies of operators and the tactics of user

    • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
    • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Samantha Ryan

Thesis title: The potential of creative social enterprise as a platform for co-creative media in the Solomon Islands

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Verena Thomas
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Christina Spurgeon

Hannah Louise Spyksma

Thesis title: Emerging ecosystems: Exploring the shape and form of a new geography of journalism

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Brian McNair
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Alijosha Karim Schapals

Jessica Stevens

Thesis title: Bridging the gap between education and access to education through the use of OER

  • Principal supervisor:  Assoc Prof Nic Suzor
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Kylie Pappalardo

Kim Stewart

Thesis title: Co-creative community radio for people with intellectual disabilities: The Ability Radio Project model

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Christina Spurgeon
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Niki Edwards

Chunmeizi Su

Thesis title: Digital entertainment media, multiplatform distribution, and China’s quest for cultural soft power

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Terry Flew

Fiona Suwana

Thesis title: Digital media literacy and Indonesian young people: Building sustainable democratic institutions and practices

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Naomi Takeifanga

Thesis title: Exploring the potential of co-created/curated, creative projects to meaningfully connect with and reflect the community

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Michael Dezuanni
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Emma Felton

Portia Vann

Thesis title: Coming off the Bench: The impact of social media in the communication of niche sports

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Stephen Harrington

Jarrod Walczer

Thesis title: The ecology of children’s media: Innovation in production and distribution

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Michael Dezuanni

Michael Ward

Thesis title: ABC and sport: Public media, regionalism and national identity

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Mark Ryan

Alice Witt

Thesis title: Evaluating the content moderation processes of online platforms according to the rule of law values of certainty and equality

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Nic Suzor
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc Prof Patrik Wikström

Jing Zeng

Thesis title: How does information around acute events come into being on social media?: A comparative analysis of interpretive communities on Weibo and Twitter

  • Principal supervisor: Prof Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Axel Bruns