Communication research

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

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


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

  • A/Prof Kristin Demetrious
  • Robin Freeman
  • Dr Janine Little
  • Dr Sharyn McDonald
  • Dr Usha Rodrigues
  • Mark Sheehan
  • Dr Lisa Waller

Contact us

SCCA research enquiries
Dr Patrick West
+61 3 9244 3953
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