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Our Team

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

To view the rest of our team, navigate to the left-hand menu - our associates, our research students, our emeritus professors, our adjuncts and fellows, and our alumni.

N&MRC Members


Kerry McCallum
Research expertise: Changing media and social policy discourse.
Kerry McCallum is Director of the News & Media Research Centre. Her research specialises in the relationships between changing media and Australian social policy. She is the co-author of 'The Dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia' (Intellect, 2017), and is currently lead investigator on the ARC-funded project 'Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission'. Kerry is is former President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). She has implemented and administered complex change management processes at the faculty, university and national levels. From 2017-19 Kerry was UC's Academic Director (Dean) of Graduate Research, and member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research. This trajectory is supported and grounded by nearly a decade of previous professional experience working in federal parliament in political and media advisory roles.


Deputy Director, Engagement

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


Our Researchers

Stuart Cunningham AM
Research expertise: Media policy and creative industries.
Professor Stuart Cunningham AM is a Professor of Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Cunningham is author, co-author or co-editor of twenty books, more than 30 industry and policy reports, over 250 chapters and articles, and a wide range of general articles and public communications. Across his stellar career as a research leader in humanities and social science, he has received more than $A28 million in research funding. From 2005 to 2013, Cunningham was Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), the first Centre of Excellence based in the humanities.


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 Holland

Kate Holland
Research expertise: Media studies, public health and health communication.
Kate Holland is a Senior Research Fellow with the News & Media Research Centre. Kate’s research sits at the intersection of media studies, public health and health communication. She has led and collaborated on research projects examining news reporting and its impacts in relation to topics such as mental health, violence against women, obesity, alcohol and pregnancy and infectious diseases. Kate specialises in qualitative research methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups, news framing, discourse and thematic analysis. She has also published on topics such as health humanities and research ethics. Kate has held grants from the ARC and the NHMRC. She was the recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DE140100100 (2014-2017) for the project ‘Mediating Mental Health: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Media and Social Actors’. Between 2009-2012 she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with 'The Australian Health News Research Collaboration' between the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne funded by the NHMRC. Kate has also worked on grants and consultancies for organisations such as the ACT City Renewal Authority, National Farmers Federation, Department of Communication and the Arts, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, ANROWS, Our Watch, Carers Australia and Emergency Media and Public Affairs.


Jee Young Lee
Research expertise: Digital inclusion policies, digital media and society.
Jee Young Lee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the N&MRC and teaching postgraduate and Honours-level research methods at the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Canberra. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Canberra in April 2018. She is the Chief Statistical Analyst for the Digital News Report project and has developed a program of research in the fields of communication and media across diverse research methods and also different cultures with collaborations both within Australia and internationally. Her research focuses on social and cultural impacts of digital communication and technologies, including emerging digital excluded social groups in developed communities, digital engagement and digital trust among young people and growing technology adoption in emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific regions, and its effects on individuals and societies.


David Nolan

David Nolan
Research expertise: TBC.
David Nolan is an Associate Professor in Communication and Media at the University of Canberra, where he teaches and researches in journalism and media studies. His work has been published in numerous international journals, including Journalism, Media, Culture and Society, Journalism Studies, Global Media and Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication and Media International Australia.


Mathieu O'Neil
Research expertise: Adoption of causes and innovations in the online environment; environmental, health and political controversies; organisational communication; political economy of commons-based peer production; social movements and social change; social network analysis.
Mathieu is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre, where he leads the Critical Conversations Lab. He is also Honorary Associate Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University, where he contributed the creation of the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks, a world leader in e-research and big data analytics. Mathieu conducts network and content analysis of the dynamics of environmental, health and political controversies, and of the adoption of causes and innovations in the online environment. He also researches the political economy and public policy dimensions of commons-based peer production, most recently thanks to a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan and Ford Foundations to investigate the co-production by of free and open source software by firms and communities (Critical Digital Infrastructure Fund, 2019-2020). His latest book is the Handbook of Peer Production (Wiley Media and Communication Series, in press). He founded the Journal of Peer Production in 2010 and the Commons Policy Council in 2020. His work has been published in Social Networks; the Journal of Peer Production; Réseaux; Information, Communication & Society; Organization Studies; and New Media and Society, amongst other edited volumes.

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Sora 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.


ECR Representative & N&MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kieran McGuinness
Research expertise: Mixed methods approaches to news audience research.
Kieran McGuinness is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. He is a co-author of the Digital News Report: Australia project and specialises in longitudinal research on digital media users and news consumption. His recent research focuses on mixed method approaches to news consumption, misinformation, journalistic role performance, and defence journalism.


HDR Representative

Mona Chatskin