Annual Scholarship Round: DMRC call for PhD applications for 2018

Applicants with excellent academic track records (equal to an Australian Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours) or equivalent professional research experience may be eligible for competitive PhD scholarships to undertake study with us. We are looking for promising PhD candidates to undertake projects that align with one or more of our four programs.

Program 1 – Journalism, public communication and democracy

The DMRC’s Journalism, Public Communication and Democracy program focuses on the impacts of established and emerging digital technologies on the form, content and function of categories of communication deemed central to good governance and democratic process. It draws on our existing research strengths in, journalism, political communication, communication for disaster and crisis management, and innovation in social media and big data analysis methods.

PhD topics for 2018:

  • Audience engagement with ‘real’ and ‘fake’ news in the digital age
  • Future perspectives for quality journalism in the digital environment
  • Intersections between everyday politics, online communities, and celebrity culture
  • Politics, elections, and digital participation

Supervisors and supervisory interests:

  • Dr Emma Baulch (histories of digital uptake in Asian settings, digital media and class, digital inclusion and political participation, popular culture and civic life, Muslim digital modernities)
  • Prof. Axel Bruns (social media, journalism studies, citizen journalism, social media analytics, Internet studies, media and communication)
  • Prof. Jean Burgess (civic engagement, diversity and inclusion in social media environments, feminist and LGBTQ politics, platform governance, issue mapping and controversy analysis)
  • Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington (emergent forms of journalism, entertainment, political citizenship)
  • Dr Tim Highfield (social media and politics, digital cultures, visual social media, popular culture, everyday politics)
  • Dr Brenda Moon (social media, digital methods, social media analytics, open science, science communication)
  • Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals (media studies, citizen journalism, internet studies, social media, blogs)

Program 2 – Digital media industries, economies and regulation

The DMRC’s Digital Media Industries, Economies and Regulation program aims to critically advance conceptual and practical understanding of the real-world challenges of digital media convergence for media businesses, industries, professionals and policy-makers at the local, national and international levels. Our researchers focus on digital media industries in transition, transformations of culture and media in the digital economy, new challenges for media regulation and governance, and the impact of digital transformations on the nature of creative work in the media and entertainment industries.

We’re particularly interested in digital transformations in the Asia-Pacific region arising from the rapid growth in digital and social media use—and Australia’s place within it.

PhD topics for 2018:

  • Digital disruption and the creative industries—national, regional and global perspectives
  • The future of communications, cultural and media policy, law, and regulation
  • The impact of digital transformations on the nature of creative work in the media and entertainment industries

Supervisors and supervisory interests:

  • Dr Emma Baulch (Indonesia, media anthropology, popular music, digital media)
  • Prof. Jean Burgess (YouTube, platform governance, platform studies
  • Prof. Stuart Cunningham (media industries in transition; digital platform studies; creative industries: history, policy, programs; media convergence; media, arts, communications and cultural policy; Australian as well as other national/regionally focused studies of these topic areas; interdisciplinary approaches especially welcome)
  • 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 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)
  • Dr Kevin Sanson (media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries)
  • 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)
  • Prof. Patrik Wikström (digital creative economy, cultural economics, music)

Program 3 – Digital media in everyday life

The DMRC’s Digital Media in Everyday Life program focuses on making sense of how large-scale digital transformations affect us as citizens and consumers on the ground, and how ordinary people are innovating, experimenting and playing with digital media in order to improve their own lives. We bring together critical studies of technology with cultural studies approaches to investigate contexts such as digital media in the home, digital cultures of gender and sexuality, mobile and geolocative media, and popular digital cultures. We also have a strong interest in fostering social justice, learning, and digital inclusion across all our activities, and aim to engage with everyday digital cultures in the Asian region and beyond.

PhD topics for 2018:

  • Challenges of digital inclusion: access, diversity, participation, and skills
  • Everyday digital wellbeing, from health management apps to kids’ screen time and online safety
  • Digital cultures of gender and sexuality

Supervisors and supervisory interests:

  • Dr Emma Baulch (digital cultures in Asia, digital inclusion and offline digital literacies, socio-cultural approaches to mHealth, digital technologies and emerging publics)
  • Prof. Axel Bruns (Internet studies, blogs, citizen journalism, creative industries, cultural studies, media studies, online communities, produsage, social media, user-led content creation)
  • Prof. Jean Burgess (digital inclusion, everyday digital media use, vernacular internet culture, mobile dating and hookup apps, LGBTQ culture, online safety and harassment)
  • 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)
  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Dezuanni (digital and media literacy, digital inclusion, children’s digital cultures, media education and media arts)
  • Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington (emergent forms of journalism, entertainment, political citizenship)
  • Dr Tim Highfield (everyday digital media use; digital cultures; visual social media; play and humour)
  • Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell (locative/mobile/geosocial media, media geography, digital ethics, digital diversity, digital diaspora)
  • Dr Kim Osman (digital inclusion, digital media and health, informal learning, online knowledge communities)
  • Dr Kevin Sanson (media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries, film/television studies)
  • Dr Christina Spurgeon (advertising studies, co-creative media, community media)

Program 4 – Digital methods

The DMRC’s Digital Methods program focuses on the development of innovative research approaches, methods and tools that are grounded in and suitable for the study of digital media, from computational analyses of ‘big social data’ to the close qualitative analysis of digital media platforms and practices.

PhD topics for 2018:

  • Pattern detection and analysis in large-scale, longitudinal social media datasets
  • Issue mapping and controversy analysis using multi-platform social media and other online data
  • Innovative methods for studying digital media platforms and apps, such as algorithmic auditing and participatory digital methods
  • Digital methods and digital ethics: ethical considerations in data access, analytics, and visualisation

Supervisors and supervisory interests:

  • Prof. Axel Bruns (social media analytics, network mapping, big data, online communities and communication)
  • Prof. Jean Burgess (issue mapping, social media analytics, qualitative digital methods, platform and app studies)
  • Dr Tim Highfield (visual social media, social media analytics, digital cultures)
  • Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell (geosocial media analytics, geovisualisation, network/contagion theory, digital ethics, qualitative digital methods)
  • Dr Brenda Moon (digital methods, social media analytics, network mapping, open science, big data, social bots, hackerspaces)
  • Prof. Patrik Wikström (digital creative economy, cultural economics, computational social science)

Topics linked to funded research projects

In addition to the DMRC Program-specific topics, we have a number of PhD Scholarships on offer that are linked to funded research projects. Please visit the topic links below for further information about these targeted scholarships and how to apply for them.

How to apply

For the DMRC Program-specific topics, check the application requirements and eligibility for the annual scholarship round and fill out our online Expression of Interest form. If you are unable to access the online form, please email rtc-soc@qut.edu.au for a Word version.

For the topics linked to funded research projects, please click on the topic links for instructions on how to apply.

Closing date: 30 September 2017 (earlier enquiries essential)

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