Dr Leonie Rutherford

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Literary Studies

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

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

International Communications Association (ICA)
Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA)
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
International Society for the Study of Childrens Literature (IRSCL)
International Association for Communication and Media Research (IAMCR)
 

Teaching interests

Children's and Youth Literature, Screen Media and Writing. Literary Studies and Children's Literature Honours Supervision and Coursework Units

Unit Chair

ALL228 - The Golden Age in Children's Literature

ALL230 - Re-imagining literature for Young People

ALL721 - Driven to Write (Writing Young Adult Fiction)

ALL 784 - Writing and Film

Units taught

ALL228 - The Golden Age in Children's Literature

ALL230 - Re-imagining literature for Young People

ALL721 - Driven to Write (Writing Young Adult Fiction)

ALL 784 - Writing and Film

AAR413 Shakespeare Goes to the Movies (Honours Reading Unit)

Knowledge areas

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

Professional activities

University Committees

Research Committee, School of Communication and Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts & Education Ethics Committee
Faculty Board, Arts & Education

Editorial and Reviewing Boards

Editorial Board - Papers: explorations into children's literature

Reviewing Boards - Media International Australia; Australian Journal of Education; Health Promotion International; Journal of Children and Media; Convergence; Theory, Culture & Critique; International Journal of the Humanities

Other Professional Roles / Esteem Indicators

2012 - Invited as ‘independent industry expert’ to judge Logies (children’s television progam award)
2012 -  Keynote Speaker, Australian Communications and Media Authority Symposium (‘Tune in to Kids TV’ - Citizens Conversation Series
2011 - Appointed Expert Reader of International Standing for the Australian Research Council
2011 - Invitation to peer-review research for Broadcasting Services Council (New Zealand)
2010 - Advisor on media to Raising Children Network Australia
2010 -  Keynote presenter to ARACY Industry Roundtable on Preschool Children’s Media hosted by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation

Media appearances

2012 Report of Keynote Presentation, Australian Communications and Media Authority Symposium - ‘Tune in to Kids TV’ - Citizens Conversation Series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jkskJ1JQ5Y)

2013 Report of the project - Promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts; with collaborators: Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris (Deakin Pyschology/CMHWB SRC), Assoc. Professor Suzie Edwards (ACU), Assoc. Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (Southern Cross) and international EIs. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/how-tv-characters-are-taking-over-our-childrens-lives/story-fni0fiyv-1226658940216

Projects

Current Research Projects

1 - Digital children’s television and multiplatform media (seed funded from DCRG 2010), with collaborators Dr Adam Brown (Deakin); Professor Jeannette Steemers (CAMRI Univ. Westminster); Dr Ruth Zanker (NZ Broadcasting School); and Dr Katalyn Lustyik (Ithaca Univ. NY)

2 - Digital Natives – Longitudinal study of Australian children’s, families’ and youth media use; with collaborators Professor Michael Bittman, Professor Len Unsworth and Jude Brown (UNE). Outputs include one ARC grant (2009-12); 2 nationally competitive tenders (2007, 2010); over 12 publications and numerous conference papers (2007-13)

3 - Promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts; with collaborators: Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris (Deakin Pyschology/CMHWB SRC), Assoc. Professor Suzie Edwards (ACU), Assoc. Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (Southern Cross) and international EIs.

4 -  The role of media and other risk factors for obesity in preschoolers; with Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris.

5 - The book as artefact in the age of the app; with Dr Elizabeth Bullen (Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts).

Publications

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2016

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

Susan L Edwards, Prof Helen Skouteris, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Mandy OConner, Ana Mantilla, Mrs Heather Morris, Sue Elliott

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

journal
2015

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Judith Brown, Prof Helen Skouteris, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Prof Michael Bittman

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

journal

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

Mrs Heather Morris, Prof Helen Skouteris, Susan L Edwards, Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal

Re-imagining the literary brand

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal
2014

Forgotten histories: ephemeral culture for children and the digital archive

Dr Leonie 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

Dr Leonie 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

Prof Helen Skouteris, Susan Edwards, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Terry Huang, Amanda O`Connor

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

journal

Promoting obesity prevention together with environmental sustainability

Prof Helen Skouteris, Miss Rachael Cox, T. T.-K. Huang, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Susan L Edwards, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

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

journal
2013

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Dr Adam Brown

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

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TV viewing behaviour among preschoolers : implications for public health recommendations

Miss Rachael Cox, Prof Helen Skouteris, Daniela Dell' Aquila, Dr Louise Hardy, Dr Leonie Rutherford

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. E108-E111, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1

journal
2012

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

Miss Rachael Cox, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz

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

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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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Jude Brown, Prof Helen Skouteris, Prof Michael Bittman

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

conference

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

Prof Michael Bittman, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Jude Brown, Prof Len Unsworth

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

journal

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Prof Michael Bittman, Jude 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

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

Susan Edwards, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Leonie Rutherford, A. Cutter-Mackenzie

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

journal
2011

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Dr Adam Brown

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

journal

Children's content regulation and the 'obesity epidemic'

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Biron Dean, Prof Helen Skouteris

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

journal

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

Prof Michael Bittman, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Jude Brown, Prof Len Unsworth

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

journal

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

Dr Adam Brown, Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal
2010

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

Prof Helen Skouteris, Mr Michael Do, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Susan 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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal

Communication outside the humanities in media 'effect' research

Dr Leonie 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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal
2007

The consumer socialisation of children

Peter Corrigan, Dr Leonie 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

Donna Lee Brien, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Rosemary 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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

chapter

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal

Negotiating masculinities : 'Yolngu Boy'

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

journal
2003

Australian animation aesthetics

Dr Leonie 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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

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