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Personal profile


Brett Hutchins is Professor of Media and Communications and Head of the School of Media, Film & Journalism.

He researches and teaches in the following areas:

  • Sports media and communications
  • Environmental media
  • Mobile media and communications
  • 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. Focusing on questions of power, 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 edited collections:

Brett's many refereed articles appear in leading international communications and media studies journals, including Media, Culture & Society, Environmental Communication, Digital JournalismNew Media & SocietyInformation, Communication & SocietyInternational Journal of CommunicationJournalism: Theory, Practice & CriticismInternational Communication GazetteConvergence, Telematics & Informatics and Television & New Media.

He 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 by 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 topics such as mobile communications and media, sports media, mediatised conflict, environmental communication, social networking, media entrepreneurialism, digital journalism, the radio industry, video gaming, and diapsoric media communities.

Podcast Series and Media Commentary

Brett has hosted the Media Sport Podcast Series since 2014. Available on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud, the series focuses on the intersections between sport, media, culture and politics across the globe and features interviews with leading international researchers working in the humanities and social sciences.

Brett is also an active media commentator. He has written opinion pieces for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Story and The Conversation, and receives regular invitations from national and international news outlets to be interviewed about sport, environmental communication, digital technologies and media markets.

Outlets include the BBC World ServiceMashable, The Huffington PostThe Daily Telegraph in London and The New Straits Times in Malaysia. Australian media outlets include 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, The Australian and Crikey.

Research area keywords

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


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