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Personal profile

Biography

Brett Hutchins is Professor of Media and Communications Studies and Head of the School of Media, Film & Journalism. He recently completed an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship program titled, The Mobile Media Sport Moment: Markets, Technologies, Power. He is also a proud member of the Birmingham 11.

Brett undertakes research, postgraduate supervision, and media commentary in the following areas:

  • Sports media and communications
  • Environmental media
  • Mobile media and communications
  • News media and journalism
  • Media Studies

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Focus and Approach

Brett’s research investigates who wins, who loses, and how, during processes of technological change. Focusing on questions of social, economic and political power, these processes are explored though examinations of sports media, environmental media, and digital and mobile communications. His approach is based on a combination of critical analysis, accessible writing, and evidence drawn from industry and policy circles.

His major publications include the following books and articles:

  • (Under contract) Mobile Media and Sport: Content, Technology and Markets on the Move. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media & the Rise of Networked Media Sport (co-authored with David Rowe and published by Routledge, New York. Chinese translation, Beijing: Communication University of China Press).
  • Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power & Culture in the Network Society (co-edited with David Rowe and published by Routledge, New York).
  • Environmental Conflict & the Media (co-edited with Libby Lester and published by Peter Lang, New York).
  • Sociology (Pearson Australia). Brett is responsible for the materials on media and popular culture presented in this market-leading sociology textbook, which is written by a team of authors led by Robert Van Krieken.
  • Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth (Cambridge University Press).
  • His many refereed articles have appeared in leading international media studies journals, including Media, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, International Communication Gazette, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Television & New Media, Information, Communication & SocietyEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism.

He also sits on the editorial board of the journals Communication & Sport (Sage)Journal of Sport and Social Issues (Sage), Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature & Culture (Taylor & Francis) and Media International Australia (Sage).

PhD and Masters-by-Research Supervision

Brett supervises a range of PhD and Masters research projects. He enjoys working with students from around the world, including candidates from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. These projects examine a range of topics, including mobile communications and media, sports media, mediatised conflict, social networking, media entrepreneurialism, blogging, e-government, online journalism, the radio industry, branding, video gaming, and diapsoric media communities.

Podcast Series and Media Commentary

Available on both Apple Podcasts/iTunes and Soundcloud, Brett has hosted the Media Sport Podcast Series since 2014. Focusing on the intersections between sport, media and culture across the globe, this series features interviews about significant social, cultural, economic and political issues with leading international researchers working across the humanities and social sciences.

Brett is also an active media commentator. As well as writing opinion pieces for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Story and The Conversation, he receives regular invitations from national and international news outlets to be interviewed about sport, digital technologies, and the media. Outlets have included the BBC World ServiceMashable and The Huffington Post in the US, The Daily Telegraph in London, The New Straits Times in Malaysia, ABC Television News, News Hour on the “Australian Network” of ABC International, ABC Radio’s “PM with Mark Colvin”, Radio National’s “Australia Talks” and “Life Matters”, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, and Crikey.

Research area keywords

  • Mobile Technologies
  • Digital Media
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Environmental
  • News
  • Media Studies

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Projects 2008 2021

Research Output 1996 2019

Mobile media sport: the case for building a mobile media and communications research agenda

Hutchins, B., 2019, In : Communication and Sport. 7, 4, p. 466-487 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Over-the-top sport: live streaming services, changing coverage rights markets and the growth of media sport portals

Hutchins, B., Li, B. & Rowe, D., 2019, In : Media, Culture and Society. 41, 7, p. 975-994 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Losing control of the ball: The political economy of football and the media in Australia

Phillips, M. & Hutchins, B., 1 Jan 2018, Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader. Taylor & Francis, p. 95-108 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

“Crossing the Technical Rubicon”: Marketizing Culture and Fields of the Digital

Hutchins, B., 2018, Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of ‘Nationing’ in Contemporary Australia. Rowe, D., Turner, G. & Waterton, E. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 103-115 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

A community of practice: Sport journalism, mobile media and institutional change

Hutchins, B. & Boyle, R., 2017, In : Digital Journalism. 5, 5, p. 496-512 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2006 2017

Grant Assessor

Brett Hutchins (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

Media International Australia (Journal)

Brett Hutchins (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Grant Assessor for the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme

Brett Hutchins (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

HDR thesis examinations (PhD and Masters by Research)

Brett Hutchins (Examiner)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

Grant Assessor

Brett Hutchins (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

Press / Media

Some Questions for Simon Birmingham, from Two Researchers Whose ARC Grant was Quashed

Brett Hutchins & Elizabeth Lester

29/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Sport, the Environment and Climate Change – A Note from Australia

Brett Hutchins & Elizabeth Lester

19/12/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prize Fight Over Live-Streamed Sport Will Go On Long After the Final Bell Sound

Brett Hutchins & David Charles Rowe

8/02/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

There’s a time to put down the smartphone, seriously!

Brett Hutchins

25/07/16

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

For Football, the Future Has Already Arrived

Brett Hutchins

23/06/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment