Andrea Baker


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Dr Andrea Jean Baker is a senior lecturer in journalism, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University.

Andrea is recognised as a radio journalist, radio studies scholar and music historian. Her main research area is Urban Communication,and its link to Musicology (2 academic monographs, 10 solo-authored and 1 co-authored academic journal articles, and more than 20 solo-authored, non-traditional research articles).

Her 2nd book, The Great Music City (Palgrave Macmillan, London) which examines the music, space and identity of various music cities, such as Melbourne, Austin and Berlin, will be published in early 2019.

In 2011 the International Association for Media and Communications Research and the Hampton Press (New York) prestigious award series chose Andrea’s 1st monograph, 

Virtual Radio Ga Ga: Youths and Net-Radio for publication, which was the 1st monograph commissioned in this series since 2001.

In 2013 Andrea was appointed the academic representative on the City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Committee; and has presented or chaired panels about global music cities, in 2013 at International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia  New Zealand; in 2014 at South by South West Inc., and in 2015 at Australia’s first national symposium about music cities, which was held in Melbourne. 
Using Melbourne as a case study, in 2017 Andrea designed an algorithm to assess music activities in urban contexts, which was published by Sage Open. In April 2018 she participated on an academic panel, “The Impact of Cultural Policy on Music Cities” for the now biannual ‘Music Cities Convention’. It was the first time the convention was held in the Southern Hemisphere.

As an international, award winning radio journalist, Andrea has had contract work, produced various radio documentaries and been a commentator intermittently at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) since 1992.

Andrea has held overseas research residencies at City University of New York, University of Texas at Austin (USA) and at Freie Universitiat in Berlin (Germany).


Research interests

Research interests, PhD, Masters and Honours, Supervisory areas:

  1. Media histories and mixed methods analysis
  2. Urban communication, technology and creative arts (main focus, music) 
  3. Alternative media and arts journalism

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  • journalism studies, urban communication; radio studies; musicology

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Research Output 2000 2018

Melbourne (1835–1927): The birth of a music city

Baker, A. J., 2018, In : Journal of Australian Studies. 42, 1, p. 101-115 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Algorithms to assess music cities: Case study-Melbourne as a music capital

Baker, A. J., 1 Jan 2017, In : SAGE Open. 7, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Keepin’ it real: Authenticity, commercialization, and the media in Korean hip hop

Hare, S. & Baker, A. J., 1 Jun 2017, In : SAGE Open. 7, 2, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

David Bowie in the divided city of Berlin

Baker, A. J., 13 Jan 2016, SBS.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Janis Joplin and Sharon Jones add a feminist beat to the Melbourne Film Festival

Baker, A. J., 2 Aug 2016, News Company Group.

Research output: Other contributionOther

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