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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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

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, Dr Elizabeth Bullen, Dr Lenise Prater

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

journal

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford

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

chapter

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

Mrs Heather Morris, Prof Helen Skouteris, Susan Edwards, Dr Leonie Rutherford, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Ms Amanda O'Connor, Ana Mantilla, Terry Huang, Marion Lording, Janet Williams-Smith

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 1752-1764, Early child development and care, 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. 1-11, 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

journal

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

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

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

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

Miss Rachael Cox, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Daniela Dell' Aquila, Dr Louise Hardy

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

journal

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

journal

Grants

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

Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Katya Johanson, 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