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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.


Photo of 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. Watch researcher interview.

Centenary Research Professor

Deborah LuptonDeborah Lupton
Research expertise: Digital sociology, digital health, critical data studies.
Deborah is an international authority on critical digital health studies, having written 15 books and over 150 articles on the cultural dimensions of medicine, risk and digital technologies. Watch researcher interview.

Emeritus Professors

Warwick Blood photoR. Warwick Blood
Research expertise
: Emeritus R Warwick Blood has published widely on risk communication, especially the news reporting and portrayal of health issues, such as suicide, mental illness, obesity and influenza.  He has completed nationally competitive grants as well as conducting research in these areas for government.

Peter PutnisPeter Putnis
Research expertise: Emeritus Professor Peter Putnis researches journalism and 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, politics and media.


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.

Caroline FisherCaroline Fisher
Research expertise: Political public relations.
Caroline is as Assistant Professor of Journalism and a former reporter and producer for ABC News and Radio National and former ministerial media adviser to Anna Bligh. Watch researcher interview.

Glen FullerGlen 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. Watch researcher interview.

Kate HollandKate Holland
Research expertise: Health, media studies, qualitative analysis.
Kate's recent research analyses media reporting and audience understandings of health and social issues including swine flu, obesity, suicide, and mental illness. Watch researcher interview.

Kerry McCallumKerry McCallum
Research expertise: The 'mediatization' of political discourse.
Kerry conducts research on political communication with a focus on media, public opinion and policymaking practice in Australian Indigenous affairs and related social policy. Watch researcher interview.

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. Watch researcher interview.

Teaching Fellow

Catherine Page Jeffery Catherine 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. Her professional experience spans internet content regulation and cybersafety education in Government, as well as ICT research and policy for Australia’s ICT Research Centre of Excellence.

Digital News Report Research Associate

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

Visiting Scholars

Dr Maria Wiklund

Visiting from Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umea universitet, Sweden, 10 December 2017 - 22 December 2017

Dr Maria Wiklund will be working with Deborah Lupton on a project on Swedish young men and digital mental health

Chen He Photo

Dr Chen He

Visiting from the School of Literature and Journalism, Hunan University of Commerce, China, February 2018- February 2019

Research expertise:  Ethics in media communication, media literacy, digital journalism, risk communication and privacy protection in the age of big data.

Whilst visiting UC, Chen He  intends to focus on the research of “Citizens' Information Rights and Personal Privacy Protection in the Age of Big Data: Based on the Perspective of Citizen's Information Literacy” 

Professional Staff

Megan DeasMegan Deas
Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) Communication and Media Editor

Megan DeasAlanna Grant
Research Support Officer

Centre Associates

Virginia Haussegger , Director,  50/50 by 2030 Foundation

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

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

Lesley Osborne, former head of the Digital Society Policy and Research team, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Franco Papandrea, Adjunct Professor of Communication, University of Canberra

David Pearson, Adjunct Professor, 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