Communication research

Research in communication spans journalism, public relations and professional writing.

What's meant by 'publics' and how do they operate in the new century? What is democratic citizenship? How have digital archives been politicised?

Researching rhetoric

Deakin leads the way in the developing fields of critical PR and in the critical analysis of news media. The significance of critical public relations is that it overturns established understandings of PR as a politically-neutral technology of persuasion, and locates research in this discipline within broader conceptual frameworks.

Researchers in professional writing critique the constitution of various publics through representational techniques and institutional arrangements that involve gender and racial biases.

Journalism researchers focus on the 'margins' of journalism practice, both geographically and politically, and the ways in which marginalised publics are constituted through problematic representations.


Our researchers

  • Dr Richie Barker
  • Dr Adam Brown
  • Dr Toija Cinque
  • Dr Katrina Clifford
  • Associate Professor Kristen Demetrious
  • Dr Julie Freeman
  • Dr Luke Heemsbergen
  • Dr Janine Little
  • Professor David Marshall
  • Dr Jennifer Martin
  • Dr Sharyn McDonald
  • Professor Matthew Ricketson
  • Dr Usha Rodrigues
  • Mark Sheehan
  • Dr Lisa Waller
  • Dr Jian Xiu

Contact us

SCCA research enquiries
Dr Emily Potter
+61 3 9244 6842
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