Research groups

'Research groups' describes existing and developing research centres, institutes and units housed within or closely associated with the School of Culture and Communication.

There are many different research partnerships, collaborations and affiliations throughout the nine different study areas within the School. Visit the research collaborators web page for more information on programs.

Current groups

Australian Centre

Based in the School of Culture and Communication, with Professor Ken Gelder and Associate Professor Denise Varney as its co-directors, the re-housed Australian Centre develops innovative research projects in the Australian arts and humanities across a range of disciplines, including Art History, Theatre Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media and Communication, Cinema Studies, Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing.

Visit the Australian Centre website.

Centre for Advancing Journalism

The Centre will advance journalism through innovation in teaching, experimentation and engagement. It seeks power in the new tools for informing and being informed and is a hub of thinking, conversation and creativity about the contemporary and future state of journalism.

Visit the Centre for Advancing Journalism website.

Research Unit in Public Cultures

The Research Unit in Public Cultures plays a key role in facilitating scholarship, enhancing research opportunities and enabling collaborations between creative industries, cultural institutions, research institutions, academic research centres and public communities. Professor Nikos Papastergiadis is the director and others involved in the unit's establishment include Associate Professors Audrey Yue and Scott McQuire. The research focus is on transformations in public culture, both within Australia and internationally.

Visit the Research Unit in Public Cultures website.

Transformative Technologies Research Unit

The Transformative Technologies Research Unit (TTRU) is part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. TTRU examines the historical, social, philosophical and political ramifications of the transformation of technologies (for example, the transition from analogue to digital technologies) and the transformation by technologies (for example, the social implications of transformative technologies to concepts of self, the city, knowledge and global relations). The printing press, the microscope, the telescope, the mechanical clock, electricity, the steam engine, the telephone, cinema, television, computer, the internet – all can be understood as paradigm shifting technologies that radically transformed the relationship between humans and their mediation of the world around them.

Visit the Transformative Technologies Research Unit website.

Asian Cultural Research Network (ACRN)

A three-year project funded by The University of Melbourne's International Research and Research Training Fund, 2015 - 2018. Led by Assoc. Professor Fran Martin and Assoc. Professor Audrey Yue, Faculty of Arts, School of Culture and Communication.

The project's goal is to develop an international research network to collaboratively research the cultural effects of the intensified mobility of both media and people between Asia and Australia as a result of globalization in our region.

Visit the Asian Cultural Research Network web page.

Digital Humanities Incubator

Visit the Digital Humanities Incubator blog

Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network

The Human Rights and Animal Ethics (HRAE) Research Network is committed to adopting a leadership and research role in the new global field of Human/Animal Studies (HAS). Professor Barbara Creed of the School of Culture and Communication is the coordinator and other School staff involved include: Professor Deirdre Coleman, Professor Jeanette Hoorn, Dr Nicholas Chare, and Dr Odette Kelada. Central to the Network’s research goals is the belief that the oppression of both humans and other animals is intimately connected and must be addressed jointly in the global struggle for social justice for human and other animals. HRAE conducts research into the educational, legal, social and cultural transformations taking place globally in response to the most recent scientific and ecological findings concerning human/animal studies. Hence HRAE’s research trajectory is interdisciplinary with a focus on legal studies, politics, philosophy, gender studies, cultural studies, science and the arts.

Visit the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network website.

Visual Cultures Resource Centre

The Visual Cultures Resource Centre (VCRC) is unique within The University of Melbourne. First established in 1947 by Professor Joseph Burke, the image collection now comprises over 250,000 slides and photographs, 85,000 digitised records and a film collection of over 1,000 titles.  There are also 7,000 image related books and periodicals, alongside the School's thesis collection and associated multimedia. The Centre acts as visual resources laboratory for teaching, learning and research in the School of Culture and Communication. It is a non-lending, research only library, with dedicated viewing spaces for film and professional editing suites. More information...