Current Research Students and Projects

Current Research Students and Projects

Christina Maria Antonites

Thesis title: The role of social media in democratization processes in Africa

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy

Virginia Balfour

Thesis title: Documentary journalism in the digital media environment: The evolution of strategic impact documentary, its benefits and limitations in the online context

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Christina Spurgeon
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Christy Collis

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

Malcolm Burt

Thesis title: What makes an ideal virtual reality amusement experience?

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Christy Collis
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Mirko Guaralda

Xu Chen

Thesis title: Self-Presentation on Mobile Dating Apps in Culturally Diverse Contexts

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell

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: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Terry Flew

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: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Brenda Moon

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

Sara Ekberg

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

  • Principal supervisor: 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

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

Sofya Glazunova

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

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Clive Bean
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Angela Romano

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. John Banks
  • External 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

Rachel Hews

Thesis title: High-profile criminal trials, social media conversations and juror prejudice: preserving the principles of sub judice contempt in the digital age

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Reece Walters
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Nic Suzor

Bronwyn Hope

Thesis title: Affordances of Digital Activism in Localised Political Campaigns: Enmity and Anonymity in Facebook Community Pages

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Clive Bean
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington

Matthew Hsu

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

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. 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: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington

Bondy Kaye

Thesis title: Digital streaming music and the future of the music recording industry

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

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

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

Smith Mehta

Thesis title: From consumers to creators: a study of user generated content on digital platforms in India

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof. Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Patrik Wikström

Jay Mogis

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

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

Gabriela Monteiro Lunardi

Thesis title: Internet memes and Brazilian cultural identity

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. 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: Prof. Patrik Wikström

Zin Mar Myint

Thesis title: Exploring the process of war/peace frames production in conflict reporting of Myanmar

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Angela Romano
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Christy Collis

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

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: Assoc. Prof. 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. Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Aljosha 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: Assoc. Prof. 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: Assoc. Prof. 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

Yi Wang

Innovation in the creative industries: A comparison between Brisbane and Shenzhen using the Triple Helix framework

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Greg Hearn
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Terry Flew

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: 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