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PhD Researchers

Current PhD Researchers in the Department of Media and Communications

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Husseina Ummayma Ahmed-2018

Husseina Ummayma Ahmed

Project: The construction of the Northern Nigerian woman through the coverage of the Boko Haram crisis

Ville Aula-2018

Ville Aula

Project: Hacking big data into knowledge: experts, data, and material practices in civic hacking


Ram Bhat 

Project: Internet infrastructure and identity construction in India 


Ronggang Chen

Project: “Little Pinkos” as embodied nationalism: internet-mediated populism and identity politics of Chinese youth


Vanessa Ciccone

Project: Inclusivity at digital media organizations: negotiating ideologies through discourse


Kate Gilchrist

Project: Singledom and female subjectivity: fantasy, popular culture and lived experience


Zoë Glatt

Project: "Don’t forget to like, subscribe and turn on the bell notifications!" An Ethnography of YouTube Creators’ Labour

Haotian Guo-2018

Haotian Guo

Project: The dynamics of social media companies and the party-state in China


Kat Higgins 

Project: (In)secure Australia: policing, legitimacy and the mediated subject of security


Runze Hu

Project: The Cultural Dynamics and Use of Immersive Virtual Environment Technologies in Users' Everyday Life


Anthony Kelly

Project: Voices of outrage: online partisan media, user-generated news commentary, and the contested boundaries of American conservatism during the 2016 US presidential election


Paula Kiel

Project: Digital afterlives and the transcendence industry: contemporary social constructions of death in Western societies


Nora Kroeger

Project: Civil society stakeholders in media governance: An exploratory study on the impact of civic participation on media policy-making in the Taiwanese Anti-Media Monopoly case

Jessica Kong 2018

Jessica Kong

Project: Protest music: Exerting emotional-musical power in connective action


Afroditi-Maria Koulaxi

Project: The mediation of migration


Sebastian Lehuede

Project: Data, knowledge production and power asymmetries

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Winnie (Winifred) Li

Project: Silences, identity, and a 'remaking of the self': Exploring social media narratives by rape survivors


Zhongwei Li

Project: Tuning in with the cut-out: Profane music and subcultural politics in 1990s China

Songyin Liu

Songyin Liu

Project: Perceived internet anonymity and transgender identity in contemporary China


Ludmila Lupinacci Amaral

Project: Live, here and now: experiences of liveness in everyday engagements with connective media

Joao Magalhaes 2018

João Carlos Magalhães

Project: Civic voice and imaginaries of algorithmic visibility during the Brazilian political crisis


George Maier

Project: Digital inclusion and income: the changing relationship between labour and capital


Eleonora Maria Mazzoli

Project: Governing digital societies: powers and counter-powers of the European audiovisual media industry in a datafied-networked society


Rodrigo Muñoz-González

Project: The nostalgia economy: Netflix and new audiences in the digital age


Vaios Papanagnou

Project: Social media and the transformation of journalism

Gianfranco Polizzi

Gianfranco Polizzi

Project: Critical digital literacy and civic, political participation: IT/media specialists’ and activists’ utopian/dystopian imaginaries of the Internet


Miriam Rahali

Project: Gender, media and consumer behavior

GalRavia 2018

Gal Ravia

Project: Individuals' use of digital media in the formation of collective memory


Rob Sharp

Project: Creative citizenship solutions to migrant voice inequalities in transnational and national publics


Svetlana Smirnova

Project: Self in self-tracking: exploring the implications of the practice on our sense of selfhood


Tijana Stolic

Project: Media depictions of trafficked women

Richard Stupart

Richard Stupart

Project: Bearing witness: The practice and discourse of journalist witnessing in South Sudan


Anri Van Der Spuy

ProjectDigital inequality in the global South: from an Internet of Opportunity to an Internet of Risk?


Ziyan Wang

Project: Imagining an emancipatory labour movement? The mediated political struggle of Chinese migrant workers in transitional China


Hao Wu

Project: Media, individualisation, and changing family relations in contemporary China


Jun Yu

Project: Social solidarity in the age of algorithmic communication


Ssu-Han Yu

Project: Political participation and identity of the younger Taiwanese generation on Facebook


Floyd Zhou

Project: Second-generation factory Nongmingong’s use of ICTs in Post-Mao China

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Xiaoxi Zhu

Project: Globalization of the Chinese film industry: Representation, nationalism, power struggle