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Critical Conversations Research Lab

The Critical Conversations Research Lab investigates the way issues of social and political concern emerge through media and digital networks to enable public participation and influence political agendas. The CCL studies our hybrid media system in the context of political and social environments at the local, national and global levels.

We conduct qualitative and mixed-methods research into citizen engagement, inclusion and exclusion, the networks and trajectories of causes and controversies, and their influence on political systems and media institutions. Our research promotes and encourages informed public debate on the role and performance of news and media in contemporary society.


Dr Mathieu O'Neil - Research Lab Leader
Building 9, Level C, Room 8a

Current projects

Amplifying Indigenous news: A digital intervention (ARC Linkage grant)

Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission (ARC Discovery grant)

Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects and firms (Ford Foundation grant)


O’Neil, M. & Jensen, M. (2021) Australian Perspectives on Misinformation. News and Media Research Centre, Canberra.