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Major Projects

N&MRC conducts breakthrough research with industry, government and community partners, locally and internationally. Download our Centre Overview brochure for more information on our current partnerships and collaborations.

News Futures

Digital News Report: Australia 2019

The fifth annual Digital News Report: Australia is part of a global survey of digital news consumption in 37 countries by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

‘Australian journalists on Twitter’

Mathieu O’Neil and Sora Park (co-Chief investigators). FAD Collaborative Project Development funding with VOSON Lab (ANU).

Political and Public Engagement

'Breaking silences: media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission'

Kerry McCallum, Lisa Waller, Kristy Hess, Tanja Dreher, Eli Skogerbø

This project aims to analyse the role of media, journalism and social media activism in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-17) (RCIRCSA). By focusing on the nexus between media and commissions of inquiry in the digital era, the project will investigate the impacts of a rapidly changing media environment on this national ‘listening’ exercise. Through case studies the project will analyse the role of a transitioning local, national and social media in triggering, reporting on and keeping alive the findings of the royal commission.

'Amplifying Indigenous news: a digital intervention'

David Nolan, Scott Wright, Margaret Simons, Lisa Waller, Kerry McCallum, Peter Radoll, Luke Pearson, Lorena Allam, Gabrielle Jackson

This project aims to road-test, document and analyse an innovative strategy for amplifying Indigenous voices in news media. The project will deploy and assess the impact of a new digital application designed to enable access to a diverse range of Indigenous voices, stories and agendas. The anticipated outcomes will assist the project’s industry partners meet their strategic goals of increasing the level of Indigenous media representation in Australia, and consolidate their roles as leading outlets for Indigenous content and coverage.

'Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects and firms'

Mathieu O’Neil, Laure Muselli, Mahin Raissi, Stefano Zacchiroli

The long-term viability of innovation-rich peer projects managed by international teams of volunteers is a key concern in the digital space. But as the not-for-profit and commercial sectors increasingly collaborate to produce digital infrastructure, questions arise concerning how commercial firms’ rules, priorities, and institutional logics emerge in peer projects, and how communal logics seep into commercial firms. This project will combine computational data analytics, qualitative content analysis, and ethnography to explore related questions across F/OSS (Free/Open Source Software) projects, with a focus on waged labor.

Everyday Cultures

'Pedalling for change: cultural geography for traffic congestion innovation'

Gordon Waitt, Teresa Lea, Ian Buchanan, Glen Fuller

This project aims to offer new knowledge about why commuter cycling has failed to increase at a time when leisure cycling grows exponentially. The project seeks to provide evidence about what cycling enables people to achieve through analysis of a database of media discourses, policies and the experiences of cyclists. Expected outcomes include an enhanced understanding of cycling as response to congestion and improved strategies for increasing purposeful cycling in cities including moving the focus from cycling participation rates to cultures of cycling.

Everyday Cultures

'Enhancing public organisations' digital literacy to facilitate online engagement'

Sora Park, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Australia-Canada joint-action program (2013-2014).

'Linked data policy hub stage II: Urban and regional planning and communications'

Jerry Watkins (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Linkage Infrastructure Project (2016) with RMIT, Swinburne University, Sydney University and Melbourne University.

'Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the twenty-first century'

Jerry Watkins (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Discovery Project (2013-16) with QUT, ANU.

Digital Health

'Sensing, shaping, sharing: Imagining the body in a mediatized world'

Deborah Lupton (co-Chief Investigator), The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2018) with Halmstead University, Lund University, RMIT, Univerity of Helsinki.

'Mediating Mental Health: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Media and Social Actors'

Kate Holland, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2014-2016).

'Small technology, big data and the business of young people's health: an international investigation of the digitisation of school health and physical education'

Deborah Lupton (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Discovery Project (2015-2017) with Southern Cross University, Monash University and Northern Illinois University.

The digital health generation: the impact of healthy lifestyle technologies on young people's learning identities and health practices

Deborah Lupton (co-Chief Investigator), Wellcome Trust Grant (UK) (2016-2017) with University of Bath, University of Salford, UK.

'Mobile digital communication and health management: An mHealth pilot program at the ACT GP Super Clinic'

Sora Park and Sally Burford, Funding: ACT Strategic Opportunities Program (2014-2015).

'Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating'

David Pearson (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Discovery Project (2013-2015) with ANU, Deakin University.

'Conversations about Alcohol and Pregnancy: Investigating Media Portrayals and Women's Experiences'

Kate Holland, Kerry McCallum and R.Warwick Blood. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, (2014). $19,537.60.

The Australian Health News Research Collaboration

R. Warwick Blood (Co-Chief Investigator), Kate Holland and Melissa Sweet, with University of Sydney, University of Melbourne. National Health & Medical Research Council, Capacity Building Grant in Public Health (2009-2013). $1,897,375.

'Public and media understandings of A/H1N1 (swine flu) within a risk communication environment'

R.Warwick Blood (First Chief Investigator), with University of Sydney, University of Melbourne. National Health and Medical Research Council (2010).  $107,340.

Political and Public Engagement

'Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education: mapping the discursive environment, assessing impact, and changing the conversation'

Kerry McCallum (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Discovery Indigenous Project (2015-2017) with the ANU, The University of Queensland, Notre Dame University and Deakin University. 

'The prevalence of deficit metrics in Indigenous education and their impact on public discourse, policy and educational practice'

Kerry McCallum, UC Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative Research Grant Scheme (2016-2018).

'Opportunity Spaces - Community Engagement in the Planning, Use and Governance of Shared School Facilities'

Jerry Watkins (co-Chief Investigator), ARC Linkage Project (2012-15) with RMIT, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria).

'Australian News Media and Indigenous Policymaking 1988-2008'

Kerry McCallum (First Chief Investigator) and M. Meadows. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, (2009-2011). $225,000

News Futures

Digital News Report: Australia 2017

The third annual Digital News Report: Australia is part of a global survey by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

'Shaping the national outlook: International news in the Australian press, 1900-1950'

Peter Putnis (sole Chief Investigator), ARC Discovery Grant, (2010-2012).