Current Research Students and Projects

Current Research Students and Projects

Christel Antonites

Thesis title: Closing the digital gender divide in South Africa: Evaluating the role of small-scale digital inclusion initiatives

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

Virginia Balfour

Thesis title: Journalistic documentary in the digital age: A case study of online audience engagement

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

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: Dating apps and cultural contexts — investigating how Australia-based Chinese users present themselves on Tinder and Tantan

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

Delfi Chinnappan

Thesis title: Hijra Community-Based Organizations’ use of social media in India: Understanding community building and representation through Facebook

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

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 discursive struggle 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

Akhmad Firmannamal

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

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Clive Bean

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: Contemporary Russian political news on the Internet in Russian (2018) and American (2016) Presidential elections

  • 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

Harry

Thesis title: Talking Terrorism through Images: Connective Witnessing and Communication Noise in Indonesian Terror Attacks

  • Principal supervisor: A/Prof Angela Romano
  • Associate supervisor: Prof Benno Torgler

Guy Healy

Thesis title: Australian YouTubers: A deep dive among the disruptors

  • 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: Facebook community groups as counterpublics: Negativity and mobilization in a digital activist campaign

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

Matthew Hsu

Thesis title: INDIE-FOLK TM: Vintage Sensibilities in The 21st Century

  • 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

Jungeun (Rachel) Ji

Thesis title: An analysis of transnational co-production cultures and content format business strategies in China and South Korea

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Patrik Wikström
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Tess Van Hemert

Bondy Kaye

Thesis title: Golden pagodas and platinum albums: Investigating copyright and musical artists in Myanmar

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

Katherine Kirkwood

Thesis title:  Superfood me: The changing landscape of food media, identity, and everyday culinary politics

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Jason Sternberg

Morag Kobez

Thesis title: ‘Restaurant reviews aren’t what they used to be’: Digital disruption and the transformation of the gastronomic field

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Susan Carson
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Brendan Keogh
  • External supervisor: Dr Tim Highfield

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: Faces of death and injustice: Visual social media and emotion in activist political discourse and popular social movements

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell
  • External supervisor: Dr Tim Highfield

Haili Li

Thesis title: Rela and HER: A study of dating application cultures among Chinese queer women in Australia

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

Kerryn Manifold

Thesis title: An analysis of social media practices in contemporary Queensland State politics

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

Callum McWaters

Thesis title: Digital transformation of regional economies: Townsville’s digital creative industries and the National Broadband Network

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

Smith Mehta

Thesis title: The new screen ecology and content creators in India

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof. Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Kevin Sanson

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
  • External supervisor: Adjunct Prof. Folker Christian Hanusch

Gabriela Monteiro Lunardi

Thesis title: “The ‘zoeira’ never ends”: The role of Internet memes in contemporary Brazilian culture

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Jean Burgess
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington

Felix Victor Muench

Thesis title:  Measuring the networked public — Exploring network science methods for large scale online media studies

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

Zin Mar Myint

Thesis title: Peace journalism and conflict reporting practices in 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

Alila Pramiyanti

Thesis title: Being me on Instagram: How Indonesian hijabers reframed the nexus of piety and modernity

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Evonne Miller
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Glenda Caldwell
  • External supervisor: Dr Emma Baulch

Andrew Quodling

Thesis title: Social media governance: Platforms in conflict — the strategies of operators and the tactics of users

  • Principal supervisor: Prof. Axel Bruns
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Harrington
  • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Nic Suzor

Aleesha Rodriguez

Thesis title: Issue mapping the Tesla battery: A site of greentech controversy in Australia

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell
  • Associate supervisor: Prof. Jean Burgess

Samantha Ryan

Thesis title: Exploring the potential for storytelling as a way of culturally mapping water resources in the Solomon Islands

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

Yu Shan

Thesis title: Immersive digital media: virtual reality content in China’s creative industries

  • Principal supervisor:  Assoc. Prof. Christy Collis
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Debra Polson

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: Prof. Terry Flew
  • Associate supervisor: Distinguished Prof. Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Mark Ryan

Portia Vann

Thesis title: Gateway to the sideline: Organisational communication on social media at large-scale sporting events

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

Jarrod Walczer

Thesis title: Unboxing culture on YouTube: Where genre, production practices, and social formations converge

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

Yi Wang

Thesis title: Knowledge exchange and innovation in the Creative Industries: A comparative analysis of Brisbane and Shenzhen through the Triple Helix framework

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

Lisa Wheildon

Thesis title: Australian and British public service media diversity and innovation in the digital era

  • Principal supervisor: Dr Kevin Sanson
  • 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

Xiaoting Yu

Thesis title: Influencer culture in China: Tracing labor in social media entertainment

  • Principal supervisor: Distinguished Prof. Stuart Cunningham
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Kevin Sanson