Dr Leonie Rutherford

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Writing and Literature

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research interests

Children's and youth literature and media; digital literacies; television studies;  multiplatform textualities; narratology; screen media and children’s environmental and health knowledges and consumption practices; animation and graphic genres; fantasy; nineteenth-century women's poetry and publishing; media and publishing history; empirical social research methods; critical institutional analysis

Affiliations

  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • International Association for Communication and Media Research (IAMCR)
  • Raising Children Australia
  • International Communications Association (ICA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA)
     

Teaching interests

  • Children's and Youth Literature and Multiplatform Textualities
  • Adaptation
  • Narrative Theory
  • Research led writing projects

Units taught

  • ALL228 - The Golden Age in Children's Literature
  • ALL230 - Re-imagining literature for Young People
  • ALL721 - Writing Fiction for Young Adults
  • ALL 784 - Writing and Film
  • ALL743 - Foundations in Narrative Theory

Knowledge areas

Children's and youth literature and media; multiplatform textualities; narratology; digital literacies; digital television industry; television studies; longitudinal data analysis; role of media on children's health and behavioural outcomes; nineteenth-century women's poetry and publishing; media and publishing history; empirical social research methods; critical institutional analysis

Expertise

Expertise includes: includes media practices of children and youth, television studies, multiplatform production, audience research, and influences of media on children's digital literacy, health, and educational outcomes.

Research groups

  • Leader: Teenagers Reading and Digital Practices Research Group, Affililated with the Strategic Research Centre for Educational Impact
  • Crisis Energy Publication Syndicate
  • The Warrnambool Collective

Projects

Current Research Projects

  1. Teen Reading and Digital Practices, http://www.teenreading.net
  2. Early childhood digital media practices and their health, sustainability and consumption behaviours.

Publications

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2017

Countours of teenagers' reading in the digital era: scoping the research

L Rutherford, L Waller, M Merga, M McRae, E Bullen, K Johanson

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 27-46, New review of children's literature and librarianship, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Young children learning about well-being and environmental education in the early years: a funds of knowledge approach

S Edwards, H Skouteris, A Cutter-Mackenzie, L Rutherford, M O Conner, A Mantilla, H Morris, S Elliot

(2016), Vol. 36, pp. 33-50, Early years: an international journal of research and development, London, Eng, C1

journal

Feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula

H Morris, H Skouteris, S Edwards, L Rutherford, A Cutter-Mackenzie, A O'Connor, A Mantilla, T Huang, K Lording, J Williams-Smith

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 1752-1764, Early child development and care, London, Eng., C1

journal

Body consciousness and adolescence in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

L Rutherford

(2016), pp. 253-274, Children in the films of Steven Spielberg, Lanham, Md., B1

chapter

Paranormal politics and the romance of urban subcultures: youth mobility in Cassandra Clare's and Melissa Marr's fantasy texts

L Rutherford, E Bullen, L Prater

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 66-88, Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures, Winnipeg, Man., C1

journal
2015

Obesity prevention interventions in early childhood education and care settings with parental involvement: a systematic review

H Morris, H Skouteris, S Edwards, L Rutherford

(2015), Vol. 185, pp. 1283-1313, Early child development and care, London, Eng., C1

journal

Screen media, parenting practices, and the family environment in Australia: a longitudinal study of young children's media use, lifestyles, and outcomes for healthy weight

L Rutherford, J Brown, H Skouteris, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M Bittman

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 22-39, Journal of children and media, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Re-imagining the literary brand

L Rutherford

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 1-11, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal
2014

Promoting obesity prevention together with environmental sustainability

H Skouteris, R Cox, T Huang, L Rutherford, S Edwards, A Cutter-Mackenzie

(2014), Vol. 29, pp. 454-462, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Forgotten histories: ephemeral culture for children and the digital archive

L Rutherford

(2014), pp. 66-71, Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, St Lucia, Qld., C1

journal

The ABC, the Australian Children's Television Foundation, and the emergence of digital children's television in Australia

L Rutherford

(2014), Vol. 151, pp. 5-15, Media international Australia, incorporating culture and policy, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability consciousness in early childhood curricula, addressing the Ben10? problem: a randomised control trial

H Skouteris, S Edwards, L Rutherford, A Cutter-MacKenzie, T Huang, A O'Connor

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-6, BMC Public health, London, England, C1

journal
2013

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's multiplatform projects : industrial logics of children's content provision in the digital television era

L Rutherford, A Brown

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 201-221, Convergence : the international journal of research into new media technologies, London, England, C1

journal

TV viewing behaviour among preschoolers : implications for public health recommendations

R Cox, H Skouteris, D Dell'Aquila, L Hardy, L Rutherford

(2013), Vol. 49, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1

journal
2012

Television viewing, television content, food intake, physical activity and body mass index : a cross-sectional study of preschool children aged 2-6 years

R Cox, H Skouteris, L Rutherford, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, D Dell' Aqulia, L Hardy

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 58-62, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1

journal

The association between television viewing and preschool child body mass index : a systematic review of english papers published from 1995 to 2010

R Cox, H Skouteris, L Rutherford, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 198-220, Journal of children and media, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

It's all about Ben10TM : children's play, health and sustainability decisions in the early years

S Edwards, H Skouteris, L Rutherford, A Cutter-Mackenzie

(2012), pp. 1-14, Early child development and care, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Digital natives? : new and old media and children's language acquisition

M Bittman, L Rutherford, J Brown, L Unsworth

(2012), Vol. 91, pp. 18-26, Family matters, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

What to do when you can't (afford to) collect your own data? : a test case using the longitudinal study of Australian children to investigate the influence of parental context on media use and obesity

L Rutherford, J Brown, H Skouteris, M Bittman

(2012), pp. 1-13, ANZCA 2012 : Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century, Adelaide, S. A., E1

conference

Effects of new and old media on young children's language acquisition, development, and early literacy : findings from a longitudinal study of Australian children

L Rutherford, M Bittman, J Brown

(2012), pp. 1-19, ICA 2012 : Communication and Community : Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, Ariz., E1

conference
2011

Postcolonial play : constructions of multicultural identities in ABC children's projects

A Brown, L Rutherford

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 1-6, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld, C1

journal

Children's content regulation and the 'obesity epidemic'

L Rutherford, D Biron, H Skouteris

(2011), pp. 47-60, Media international Australia incorporating culture and policy, St Lucia, QLD, C1

journal

Multiplatform innovation and participatory citizenship : the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's digital children's television projects

L Rutherford, A Brown

(2011), Vol. 2, pp. 44-65, Citizenship and Globalisation Research Papers, v.2, no.3, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

Digital natives? New and old media and children's outcomes.

M Bittman, L Rutherford, J Brown, L Unsworth

(2011), Vol. 55, pp. 161-175, Australian journal of education, Camberwell, Vic., C1

journal
2010

Call for research - the consuming child-in-context in unhealthy and unsustainable times

H Skouteris, M Do, L Rutherford, A Cutter-Mackenzie, S Edwards

(2010), Vol. 26, pp. 33-45, Australian journal of environmental education, Bellingen, N.S.W., C1

journal
2009

Industries, artists, friends and fans : marketing young adult fictions online

L Rutherford

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, First Monday, Copenhagen, Demark, C1

journal

Communication outside the humanities in media 'effect' research

L Rutherford

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 133-142, International journal of the humanities, Altona, Vic., C1

journal
2008

Adolescence and abuse : trauma and the socio-sexual abject in John Duigans lawn dogs

L Rutherford

(2008), Vol. 158, pp. 136-140, Metro, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2007

The consumer socialisation of children

P Corrigan, L Rutherford

(2007), pp. 297-302, Media and communications in Australian families 2007, Belconnen, A.C.T., B1-1

chapter

Hearth and Hotmail : the domestic sphere as commodity and community in cyberspace

D Brien, L Rutherford, R Williamson

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal
2004

Teen Futures: Discourses of Alienation, the Social and Technology in Australian Science-Fiction Television Series

L Rutherford

(2004), pp. 29-40, Teen TV : genre, consumption, identity, London, U. K., B1-1

chapter

Negotiating masculinities : 'Yolngu Boy'

L Rutherford

(2004), pp. 62-69, Metro, St Kilda, Vic., C1-1

journal

(Pan-)animal magics : ecofeminist ethics and aesthetics in the Web

L Rutherford

(2004), pp. 128-133, Metro, St Kilda, Vic., C1-1

journal
2003

Australian animation aesthetics

L Rutherford

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 251-267, The lion and the unicorn : a critical journal of children's literature, Baltimore, Md., C1-1

journal
2001

The ATCF genre

L Rutherford

(2001), Vol. 11, pp. 5-13, Papers : explorations into children's literature, Burwood, Vic., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Digital Natives: Growing up with new and old media in Australia

Prof Michael Bittman, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Prof Len Unsworth

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2012: $10,000
  • 2011: $10,000
  • 2010: $10,000

Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula: Addressing the Ben10 problem

Prof Helen Skouteris, A/Prof Suzy Edwards, Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Amy Cutter-McKenzie

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2016: $73,619
  • 2015: $73,845
  • 2014: $72,236

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Targeting Young People Living in Out-of-home Care

Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Miss Rachael Cox

  • 2015: $18,782
  • 2014: $23,411
  • 2013: $26,904

Industry and Other Funding

Australian Teenagers' Reading Behaviour in the Digital Era

A/Prof Katya Johanson, Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Elizabeth Bullen, Dr Margaret Merga

  • 2016: $16,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Mitchell David Cunningham

Thesis entitled: Performing the ¿Fiction-Writer¿s Reader¿: David Foster Wallace and Critical Rhetoric

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2016

Catherine Sly

Thesis entitled: A Narratological Investigation of Australian Graphic Novels for Children

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2014

Grady Clare Hancock

Thesis entitled: Re-visioning Australian social realism through a feminine lens

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Katrina Hansord

Thesis entitled: 'spirit-music' Unbound: Romanticism and Print Politics in Australian Women's Poetry (1830-1905)

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2009

Joanna Walkden Harris

Thesis entitled: Feminist Perspectives on Gender Ideology in Recent Young Adult Literature

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts