Andrea Baker


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects


Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Dr Andrea Jean Baker is an internationally-award winning journalist, author, educator and researcher. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Politics), a Graduate Diploma (Management) and a Ph.D. (Digital Communications). 

Andrea has held management roles within the university: Undergraduate, Honours, Research Coordinator to Acting Head for the Journalism program; co-coordinator of School-based, Ph.D. programs and a member of the Faculty of Arts board for 2 terms.  

She has an international research track record in radio studies, the safety of journalists, sexual violence in the media and music industries, and music cities. First as a journalist, and next as an academic, Andrea has received over $AUD200,000 in funding from the radio industry, local and state government and university sectors for research projects and journalism productions.   

Andrea is the author of 5 books, which include 3 monographs (Hampton Press; Australian Journalism Monographs; Palgrave) and 2 co-edited collections (Palgrave; Routledge);  7  chapters and 17 academic, peer-reviewed,  journal articles for quality presses and an Industry Report about gendered violence in the music industry (115 pages).

She has also been the guest co-editor of 2, Special Editions for academic journals: Australian Journalism Review's "Safety of Journalists" (2018), and Journalism Practice's "Sexual Violence & Journalism" (2020), based in the U.K.

Andrea has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programs in media/communications, Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice.

INDUSTRY & TEACHING: Andrea produced national women’s news and current affairs radio programs during the late 1990s and won local, national and international awards for her reportage about women's health and land rights.

She has taught media and communications theoretical units, journalism practice, and journalism studies units in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Monash (and previously at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities). 

Andrea has had research fellowships in Germany (Freie University, Berlin), City University of New York, and the University of Texas at Austin. She has also given guest talks or commentary in the U.S.A. at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism, and The New School's Eugene College, both located in New York City.  

In 2006, Andrea kickstarted the 1st foundational International Journalism field trips in the Australian journalism tertiary sector, taking journalism students on reporting trips to the U.SA., the U.K. and Europe. International journalism field trips are now commonplace in the tertiary sector, and she has won university teaching awards for this unique field trip design.  

RESEARCH: Andrea has presented research papers in the Journalism stream at the Annual International Association for  Media and Communications Research Conferences (IAMCR), in Barcelona, Paris, Cairo, Mexico City, Hyderabad, Montréal, Madrid and Kenya; and at the annual conferences organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.

In 2022, she will chair a panel about "Reporting on Violence against Women in the Global South" at the annual conference for the U.S.A. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, based this time in Detroit (Michigan).  

Also in 2021, Andrea co-presented research papers about reporting on domestic violence during COVID-19 lockdowns at Moscow Readings Conference (Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia); Future of Journalism conference (School of Journalism, Media, and Culture, Cardiff University, Wales) and IAMCR Conference (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya). 

She has given expert commentary for the, the ABC, The AGE and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. 



Research interests

Research interests: Andrea has supervised or examined 12 postgraduate theses and 16 Honours theses to successful completion. She welcomes supervisions in journalism studies (i.e. radio studies, urban communication, safety of journalists) and arts journalism (i.e. sexual violence in the media and music industries). 

Teaching Committments for 2022: ATS2169 (Photojournalism); ATS3645: (Journalism and Global Change). 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

City of Melbourne’s Music Cities advisor

31 Aug 201331 Dec 2017

City of Port Phillip’s Music Taskforce

28 Feb 201231 Dec 2012

Research area keywords

  • Journalism studies
  • Urban Communication
  • Musicology
  • Gender and media
  • Safety of journalists
  • Radio Studies
  • Media and Communications Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sexual Violence
  • Mixed methods research
  • Arts Journalism
  • Lifestyle Journalism


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or