School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Communication and Media

Discipline Lead | Hart Cohen

Communication and Media is underpinned by Fields of Research (FoR) codes: 2001 (Communication and Media) and 1902 (Film, Television and Digital Media). With a history of productive research at Western Sydney University (ranked 151-175 in the world for Arts and Humanities), 2001 has evolved quality scholarship evidenced by its elevation from 3 to 4 in the last Excellence in Research Australia for Australia assessment. The publication output is notable for its quality with topics that include sport and journalism, digital media cultures, data politics and youth media.

Researchers are theoretically savvy while engaged with a fast-changing media landscape. Cognate with 2001, FoR code 1902 cuts across professional, practice-led and traditional research that spans monographs, edited volumes, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles across the fields of cinema studies, gaming, animation and media. Research output may consist of writing, making, composing, designing, performing and curating. The area has received a number of Vice Chancellors Excellence awards and recognition in Community Service Learning, sustainability and online learning.


Academics for this Discipline

  • Distinguished Professor Ien Ang
  • Dr Raymond Archee, Lecturer
  • Dr Kylie Budge, Research Theme Fellow
  • Dr Michelle Catanzaro, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Wendy Chandler, Lecturer
  • Professor Hart Cohen
  • Dr Milissa Deitz, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Kalika (Navin) Doloswala, Lecturer
  • Margot Dunphy, Lecturer
  • John Greig, Lecturer
  • Dr Chong Han, Lecturer
  • Maryella Hatfield, Lecturer
  • Dr Gregory Hughes, Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Mark Kelly
  • Dr Alexander Ling, Senior Research Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Liam Magee, Principle Research Fellow
  • Dr Tanya Notley, Senior Lecturer
  • Kate Richards, Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Anne Rutherford
  • Professor Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil
  • Vincent Tay, Associate Lecturer
  • Professor Amanda Third, Professorial Fellow
  • Sarah Waterson, Senior Lecturer

Top 10 in Australia for Communications and Media Studies

Ranked in top 100 worldwide

Ranked in the top 10 in Australia and top 100 worldwide for Communication and Media Studies