Media Studies research interests

Browse the research interests of staff in the Media Studies programme.

Anita Brady

Gender, sexuality, and media cultures and texts; Queer theories and representations of ‘queer”; Celebrity studies; Gender, sexuality and New Zealand media

Angi Buettner

Media and the public sphere; Environmentalism; New media; Cultural theory

Michael Daubs

Digital media and culture; User-generated media; Television, radio and entertainment history; Visual culture and media aesthetics; Media convergence and remediation; Political economy of media

Joost de Bruin

Television studies; Audience studies; Youth and media; Popular culture; Media representation; Globalisation and media

Trisha Dunleavy

Television studies; TV institutions and industries (New Zealand, British and American paradigms); TV drama; TV documentary, comedy, and popular factual programming; New Zealand film institutions, industry and the 'NZ domiciled' feature film

Minette Hillyer

Media historiography, particularly moving image, New Zealand film and media studies, pre-1950; Domesticity, amateurism, and labour; Media and everyday life; Cultural theory

Kathleen Kuehn

Digital and social media; Surveillance; Digital labour; Creative labour; Branding and consumer culture; Political economy of media

Cherie Lacey

Popular media culture; Media affectivity; Cute studies; Commodity aesthetics; Digital media writing; Postcolonial media cultures; Critical theory

Jo Smith

Media representations of race and cultural identity; New Zealand film and media studies; Postcolonial theory; Indigenous film and media; Digital visual culture

Geoff Stahl

Cultural production in the city; Social relations and systems of representation, associated with urban creative labour; Advertising; Semiotics; Cultural economies; Popular music; Cultural geography; Social networks; Urban studies

Peter Thompson

Political economy and cultural economy of media; Public media policy, especially public service issues, funding mechanisms, and New Zealand policy developments since 1989; Media, communication, and informational aspects of financial markets; Media and globalisation, especially in respect to financial markets

Douglas Van Belle

Media Politics, especially International Political Communication