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Research Staff

N&MRC researchers conduct both critical and applied projects with partners and institutions in Australia and internationally. Click on their profile pictures for their full biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.


Kerry McCallum
Research expertise: Changing media and social policy discourse.
Kerry's research specialises in the relationships between changing media and social policy. She is lead investigator on the ARC funded project ‘Breaking Silences: media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission’.

Deputy Director, Engagement

Caroline Fisher
Research expertise
: Journalism, News Consumption, Political PR.
Caroline is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and a former reporter and producer for ABC News and Radio National and former ministerial media adviser to Anna Bligh.


Sally BurfordSally Burford
Research expertise: Web information architecture, Information and Knowledge practices.
Sally researches the practice of web information architecture and how social media is incorporated into existing information practices.

Glen Fuller
Research expertise: Media events, social media, media and enthusiasm.
Glen's research explores the relation between media and enthusiasm (affect); both in the context of technology, experience and the shifting composition of relations.

Kate HollandKate Holland
Research expertise: media and public health, health communication.
Kate's recent research analyses media reporting and audience understandings of health and social issues including swine flu, obesity, suicide, and mental illness.

Mathieu O'NeilMathieu O'Neil
Research expertise: Online communities, fields, and social movements.
Mathieu's research analyses and the diffusion of innovation and activism on the Internet, work in the digital economy, and organizational and environmental communication.

Sora ParkSora Park
Research expertise: Digital inclusion policies, media industry studies.
Sora has written widely on the economics of television and other information industries. She is also interested in media user patterns in the digital media environment.

Yoonmo Sang
Research expertise: Digital culture, Media law and policy.
Yoonmo researches the intersections of new media technologies and the law, focusing on how socio-cultural and technological changes advantage and/or disadvantage different stakeholders.

Barbara WalshBarbara Walsh
Research expertise: Public sector communication, communications leadership, critical public relations.
Barbara is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and the convenor of the Faculty of Arts & Design's Work Integrated Learning program.

Emeritus Professors

Warwick BloodR. Warwick Blood
Research expertise
: Warwick  has published widely on risk communication, especially the news reporting of health issues, such as suicide, mental illness, obesity and influenza. He has conducted research in these areas for several government departments.

Peter PutnisPeter Putnis
Research expertise: Peter researches media history. He has been an Expert Panel Member of the Australian Research Council in the area of Humanities and Creative Arts, and has contributed to scholarship on international communication and global news networks.

Teaching Fellows

Catherine Page JefferyCatherine Page Jeffery
Research expertise: Contemporary ICTs and families.
Catherine’s research explores parental anxieties in relation to teenage children’s use of digital technologies, as well as how parents manage and negotiate their children’s use of technology.

Anji Perera
Research expertise: Audience segmentation, communication strategies.
Anji's research seeks to provide insights into audience segmentation in the domain of water conservation communication research by examining both intrinsic and extrinsic motivational drives.

Digital News Report Research Associate

Jee Young Lee
Research expertise: Policy issues and digital environment.
Jee's research utilises a user-centric inclusion framework to explore the role of digital divide policy in addressing exclusion, namely those who are exposed to technologies yet cannot use the benefits.

Visiting Scholars

Michael SocolowDr Michael Socolow
Research expertise: Media history, America’s original radio networks in the 1920s and 1930s. Michael is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar visiting from the department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, USA, February - July 2018.

Na ZhaoDr Na Zhao
Research expertise: Na's research explores the relation between television and social media; Especially the changes of Chinese television, such as program content and business models. Visiting from the School of Art, South of China Agriculture University, China, Sep 2018- Sep 2019.

Professional Staff

Megan Deas
Research Development Officer; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Breaking Silences ARC Discovery Project.

Centre Associates

Scott Bridges, Managing Director, Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange.

Michelle Dunne Breen, Advisor, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Tom Greenwell, freelance journalist

Virginia Haussegger , Director,  50/50 by 2030 Foundation

Michael Jensen, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Greg Jericho, Columnist for Guardian Australia and The Drum, Sessional Lecturer in Communication

James Mahoney, Adjunct Professor of Professional Communication, University of Canberra

David Marshall AM, Director, Talkforce Media Consultants

Sarah Maslen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Canberra

Catherine Middleton, Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society, Ryerson University

Katharine Murphy, Deputy Political Editor, Guardian Australia

Franco Papandrea, Adjunct Professor of Communication, University of Canberra

Luke Pearson, @IndigenousX founder and Aboriginal Education Consultant

Robert G. Picard, Professor and North American Representative of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University

Mike Santer, Adjunct Professor ICT4D and Founder Director, BluPoint

Luke Toy,  Director, Medical Practice, Australian Medical Association