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 May/June 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 DMRC expression of interest process for QUT’s 2020 Annual Scholarship Round is now open. Please visit our call for scholarship applications page for further information.

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 current priority topics linked to funded DMRC research projects:

  1. Transformations in screen industry development and distribution
  2. Local and regional game development cultures
  3. Platform regulation and communications policy
  4. Digital media, location data, and geoprivacy
  5. Smart cities, algorithms, and privacy by design

Supervisors and supervisory interests

  • Assoc. Prof. Dan Angus: computational methods for social science and humanities research, algorithmic culture, social media, data journalism, information visualisation, speech and language processing
  • 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: platform studies, algorithms and automation, critical digital methods, online subcultures, feminist and LGBTQ politics
  • 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
  • Dr Timothy Graham: social network analysis, social theory, social media analytics, natural language processing, machine learning
  • Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington: emergent forms of journalism, entertainment, political citizenship
  • Dr Jenny Zhengye Hou: strategic communication in the digital age, public relations theory and practice, intercultural communication, fake news, disaster, risk and crisis communication
  • Dr Brendan Keogh: video games, game studies, creative industries, game development, creative labour, digital media, informal labour, game industry, new media
  • Prof. Amanda Lotz: media industries, internet-distributed media, television/screen studies, transnational media flows
  • 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 Benjamin Nicoll: media history and historiography, platform studies, game studies, critical theory of technology, media and cultural studies
  • 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
  • Assoc. Prof. Mark Ryan: Film, television, and screen genres; Australian film and television; film and screen industries; health and screen media; blockchain and screen production
  • Assoc. Prof. 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
  • Prof. Nic Suzor: platform governance; internet regulation; open knowledge, open access, and free culture; digital copyright
  • Dr T. J. Thomson: visual communication, visual journalism, journalism studies, self-representation, visual literacy, visual sociology, image culture, mobile media production and distribution, everyday digital media use
  • Dr Tess Van Hemert: media industries, gender equality and diversity, screen distribution and exhibition, film/television studies, film festivals
  • Prof. Patrik Wikström: digital creative economy, cultural economics, music, computational social science