A/Prof Wonsun Shin

Wonsun Shin is an Associate Professor in Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication, and co-leader of the CFMRG. Her research focuses on how young people live with digital media in the increasingly commercialised world and what roles various socialisation agents (parents, peers, and schoolteachers) play in young people’s interactions with digital media and marketing communication messages. Wonsun’s recent and ongoing work examines children’s use of digital media and the role of parental mediation, teen social media users’ privacy management strategies, and young adults’ responses to data-driven personalised advertising and cognitive and social factors associated with it. Wonsun’s research approach is interdisciplinary, integrating theories in media and communications, marketing, child development and psychology. She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books, including Screen-Obsessed: Parenting in the Digital Age (2019) and Screen Smart: Growing Up in the Digital Age (2023). Wonsun actively engages with scholarly communities in a range of roles, including as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Advertising, a member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Advertising, the International Officer of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, and an invited speaker at international expert meetings.

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Dr Sybil Nolan

Sybil Nolan is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication and co-leader of the CFMRG. Before joining the University of Melbourne she worked in media industries for 25 years, first as a daily newspaper journalist and then as a commissioning editor and editorial consultant in book publishing. She was a member of the ARC Discovery Project ‘New Tastemakers and Australia’s Post-Digital Literary Culture’, led by Professor Mark Davis. Her media research has focused on change in newspaper reviewing and its impact on the book industry, on the rise of social media as an alternative book marketing tool, and on the effects of pandemic lockdowns on publishing operations. Sybil’s interest in the impacts of COVID-19 on children’s reading grew out of personal interactions with family members and friends during the pandemic lockdowns, as it became apparent children were spending more time on screens. Initially, she was most interested in the potential consequences for children’s reading of traditional books and the secondary impacts of lockdowns on the publishing industry. She was lead author on the group’s first article, ‘Books Versus Screens: A Study of Children’s Media Use during the COVID Pandemic’ (2022). Sybil is currently researching the experiences of children’s librarians during the pandemic.

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Dr Katherine Day

Katherine Day is a Lecturer in Publishing Practice at The University of Melbourne and a former editor with over 15 years of experience in-house and freelance for some of Australia’s most well-known publishing houses, including Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Thames and Hudson, and Working Title Press. Her research explores author–publisher relationships and editorial mediation in trade publishing; it forms the focus of her latest monograph: Publishing Contracts and the Post Negotiation Space (2023). Her work within the CFMRG explores the plight of children’s picture books in a converged literary landscape, assessing how picture book publishers cater to diverse readerships and new reading platforms in the digital age. This study emerged from Katie’s work on the group’s first national survey, published as ‘Books Versus Screens: A Study of Australian Children’s Media Use During the Covid Pandemic’ (2022).

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Dr Wilfred Wang

Wilfred Yang Wang is a Lecturer in Media and Communications Studies in the School of Culture and Communication, where he is also Director of Undergraduate Studies.

His research focuses on data and algorithmic governance, the biopolitics of ageing, diasporic media, digital geography and China. He is the author of the book, Digital Media in Urban China Locating Guangzhou (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019), which examines the practices of digital placemaking and geo-identities in urban China. Wilfred’s recent projects focus on digital infrastructural buildings and governance in China and Australia with specific attention to the biopolitical governance of ageing bodies in a digital era. He is also enthusiastic about applied research and is currently leading a project that adopts research knowledge into actionable responses to the issue of digital exclusion faced by many older Asian migrants in Australia during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr Lauren Bliss

Lauren Bliss is a media researcher and sessional teacher. She writes and researches the history and figuration of pregnancy in screen cultures, cultures of parenting on digital media, social media genres and inclusion and diversity in secondary school English and media curricula. Lauren is the author of The Maternal Imagination of Film and Film Theory (Palgrave: 2020) and has been published extensively in journals including First Monday, Journal of Television and New Media, Senses of Cinema, as well as English in Australia, Idiom and The Australian Educational Researcher. In 2022, she helped lead CFMRG’s qualitative research on the impacts of pandemic lockdowns on children’s reading and use of screens.



Dr Xin Pei

Xin Pei is a Lecturer in in Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication. Before joining the University of Melbourne, she studied and worked at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; the University of Nottingham; Ningbo China; and the Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE) in Singapore. Her research focus lies in examining the social consequences of adopting information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of marginalisation. Xin uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the (dis)empowerment brought about by the adoption and usage of ICTs in different contexts encompassing gender, ageing and racism. Her research has appeared in leading journals such as New Media & SocietyJournal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesInformation, Communication & Society, and Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. A current research project focuses on intergenerational technology transmission from adult children to their ageing parents, exploring the concerns and challenges faced by adult children when integrating digital technologies in aged care.

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Thomas Weight

Thomas Weight is a PhD candidate and graduate research teaching fellow in Media and Communication in the School of Culture and Communication. His PhD project focuses on digitality, examining how the mediation of culture by digital networks has a profound impact on psychology that is symptomatised by the marked changes to today’s psychopathological landscape. This project was inspired by Thomas’ experience of the COVID-19 lockdowns, wherein the ‘moving’ of life online seemed to activate previously latent cultural transformations. He has previously worked as a Research Officer for both the ANU Centre For Social Research and Methods and the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre where he co-authored papers on discourse analysis.