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Staff in the Department of Media conduct a wide range of research. See below the individual research areas of interest.

  • Dr Kim Barbour - Student Advisor


    For more information about the Student Advisor role click here.

    Kim Barbour is a qualitative new media scholar. As a lecturer in the Department of Media, Kim’s work focuses on digital and online media, and storytelling. Kim’s research looks at online persona, the strategic production of identity through digital media, and particularly focuses on the use of social media. Kim’s research often focuses on artists or other creative practitioners.

    Kim is the co-founding editor of the Persona Studies journal, an online, open access journal based at Deakin University. She has published articles in Celebrity Studies, M/C Journal, First Monday, and Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, and her paper ‘Performing Professionalism | Validating Artistness’ won the Grant Noble award for best post-graduate paper at ANZCA 2014.

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  • Dr Kathryn Bowd - Postgraduate Coordinator - Media and History

    Kathryn Bowd is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, with a focus on teaching and research in journalism.
    She has 12 years' experience as a journalism educator and researcher, and before that worked as a newspaper journalist in Australia and the UK for 17 years.
    Her PhD research focused on relationships and interactions between communities and local newspapers in regional areas of Australia.

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  • Dr John Budarick


    John Budarick is a lecturer in the Department of Media and his work focuses on media, migration, transnationalism and diaspora. He has also written on race and the news media, with particular focus on the representation of Indigenous Australians in the press.

    He is currently working on a project examining the media production of African-Australian journalists and media producers and is focusing extensively on the nature and impact of ethnic minority media in Australia. He has a background in sociology and has taught media, sociology and cultural studies in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

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  • Mr Jim Edson


    Jim Edson BA BEd DipT Cert IV Training and Assessment

    Jim is the Technical Officer and Demonstrator within the Department of Media and his main role is in supporting staff and students in two first year courses: Digital Platforms and Story Technology. This role includes the provision of assistance in the use of technologies, hardware and software. Other roles include management of the Media department web site and university production work.

    Jim is also the manager of the Department of Media's equipment hire/loan system and he schedules the borrowing of equipment required in student courses.

    To borrow equipment please email

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  • Dr Sal Humphreys

    Dr Sal Humphreys' research interests centre on digital media, digital games, (online games in particular), and social networking sites, with a focus on the effect of these new media on cultural institutions such as intellectual property, governance, citizenship and rights. She also works in the area of Health Communication where she is a member of a research team looking at ways to use new media as part of effective health communication strategies.

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  • Dr Ying Jiang

    Research interests include the Internet development in China and its political implications; Cyber-nationalism; China's perception of Western media bias; Cross-cultural communication; Social media and public relations. Ying is also a research member of Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre in Australia, focussing on the use of social media in public diplomacy.

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  • Associate Professor Peter Pugsley - Head of Media - Program Coordinator

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    Associate Professor Peter C. Pugsley’s central research focus is on Asian media cultures, particularly Asian film. In 2013 he published Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema (Ashgate Publishing, UK) and will publish his second book Crossing Boundaries: Exploring Morality and Sexuality in Asian Cinema in 2015. His research interests also include a range of popular media forms such as television, literature and magazines. He has published book chapters and journal articles on Indian, Malaysian and Hong Kong cinema, Singaporean TV and magazines, and Chinese TV and social media.

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  • Adjunct & Honorary Staff
Department of Media
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