A/Prof. Leonie Rutherford

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Writing and Literature

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Education

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.