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Personal profile


Brett Hutchins is Professor of Media and Communications and Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts.

He is a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Head of the School of Media, Film & Journalism in the Faculty of Arts. Brett is also a strong advocate for integrity and freedom from political interference in the public funding of research. 

His research and teaching specialises in the following areas:

  • Sports media and communications
  • Environmental media and communications
  • Digital and mobile media
  • News media and journalism

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Research Focus and Publications

Brett’s research investigates who wins, who loses and how during processes of media, technological and environmental change. He uses a combination of critical analysis and evidence drawn from industry and policy circles to focus on questions of power and how it is exercised.

He has authored and edited several books and publishes regularly in leading international communications and media studies journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Digital Journalism, Convergence, International Journal of Communication and International Journal of Press/Politics.

Brett also sits on the editorial board of Journal of Communication (the flagship journal of the International Communication Association), Communication & Sport, Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature & Culture and Media International Australia.


PhD and Masters-by-Research Supervision

Brett supervises PhD and Masters-by-Research projects and enjoys working with students from around the world. He has successfully supervised a range of projects over many years, including those investigating mobile communications, sport media, mediatised conflict, environmental communication, emergency risk communication, media entrepreneurialism and digital journalism.


Podcast Series and Media Commentary

Brett hosts the Media Sport Podcast Series. Available on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud, the Series features interviews on sport, media and politics with researchers from around the world, as well as the growing role of sport in the popular communication of environmental issues and concerns.

He is also an active media commentator. He writes opinion pieces for outlets such as The Conversation, Inside Story and The Age, as well as receiving regular invitations from national and international news media to offer research-related insights into contemporary issues and stories.

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Sports media
  • Environmental media
  • Environmental communication
  • Digital media
  • Mobile media
  • Mobile communications
  • Media Industries
  • Social media
  • Journalism
  • News
  • Media Studies

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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