Dr Tanya Notley

Profile photo of Dr Tanya NotleyTanya Notley's research and teaching is focused on communication, technology and social change. She has 15 years of experience working in the areas of social inclusion, social justice and human rights.

Tanya's current research projects are focused on:

  • children and media literacy
  • young people and news media
  • the politics of digital media infrastructures
  • the digital mapping of emotions
  • technology, evidence and human rights advocacy
  • communication and social impact.

Tanya is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery project that examines data centres, labour and territory (with Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter) as well as a project focused on young Australians, news and democracy, funded by the Museum of Australian Democracy and Google Australia (working with Michael Dezuanni).

She collaborates with a number of media literacy, human rights and social justice organisations to design communication initiatives for social impact and has worked on practice based communication research projects in the UK, Germany, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia.

Tanya is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Arts & Humanities, Kings College London (2016-2019) and at London School of Economics (2019-2020).

Twitter: @tattinot (opens in a new window)

Publications are available on Academia.edu (opens in a new window) and ResearchGate.


PhD, 2009, Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (ICI), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Masters of Social Change and Development, 2001, Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, University of Newcastle, Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication), 1997, University of Newcastle, Australia


Current Research Grants

2018-2019: Advancing the news media literacy of young Australians. Chief Investigators: Tanya Notley and Michael Dezuanni (QUT). Funded by: The Museum of Australian Democracy, Google Australia and Western Sydney University.

2017: Children and News Media Literacy in Australia. Chief Investigators: Tanya Notley and Michael Dezuanni (QUT). Funded by: Crinkling News with in-kind support from Western Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology.

2016: Young and Resilent Living Lab (2016-2017). Chief Investigators: Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Louise Crabtree, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Peter Bansel, Nida Denson and Milissa Deitz. Funded by Google Australia and Western Sydney University.

2016-19: Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory. Chief Investigators: Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter and Tanya Notley with Partner Investigators Pang, L, Harney, S, Mezzadra, S, Reading, A and Sprenger, F. Funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant.

Recent Selected Past Research Grants

2015-2016: Digital Capacities Index: Measuring the Digital Capacity of Australian Families. Chief Investigators: Amanda Third, Paul James, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Justine Humphry, Louise Crabtree, Samantha Yorke. Funded by: Google Australia ($42,000) and Western Sydney University ($33,804). Total: $75,804.

2014-2016: The Video4Change Impact Toolkit. Chief Investigator: Tanya Notley. Western Sydney University Consultancy with Engagemedia in partnership with the Video for Change Network. Funded by Oak Foundation.

2015-2016: Digital Capacity Index: Measuring the Digital Capacity of Australian Families. Chief Investigators: Amanda Third, Paul James, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Justine Humphry and Louise Crabtree. Funded by Google Australia with matched funding from Western Sydney University.

2011-2013: Strengthening and Securing Net Activism: Enabling Actors for Change to Increase the Free Flow of Information and Freedom of Expression Online (with Tactical Technology Collective). Funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

2011-2012: Using Data for Change: Visualising Information in Egypt (with Tactical Technology Collective). Funded by Ford Foundation.

2010-2011: Info-activism in Latin America (with Tactical Technology Collective and SocialTIC). Funded by Open Society Institute.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Reading, A & Notley, T 2018, ‘Globital memory capital: theorizing digital memory economies’, in A Hoskins (ed.), Digital memory studies: media pasts in transition (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

Collin, P, Notley, T & Third, A 2017, 'Cultivating (digital) capacities: a role for social living labs?', in M Dezuani, M Foth, K Mallan & H Hughes (eds), Digital participation through social living labs (opens in a new window), Chandos Publishing, Amsterdam, pp. 19-36.

Notley, T, Gregory, S & Lowenthal, A 2015, 'Ethics, impact and video for change', in D Montero & F Sierra (eds), Videoactivismo, cultura y participación: teoría y praxis del cambio social en la era de las redes, (translation: Videoactivism, culture and participation: theory and practice of social change in the age of networks), Comunicación/Comunicología Latina Series, GEDISA, Barcelona.

Notley, T & Crosby, A 2014, 'Transmedia activism: exploring the possibilities in West Papua' (opens in a new window), in D Polson, A M Cook, J T Velikovsky, & A L Brackin (eds), Transmedia practice: a collective approach, Inter-Disciplinary Press, UK, pp. 77-88.

Notley, T & Hankey, S 2013, 'Human rights defenders and the right to digital privacy and security' (opens in a new window), Human rights and information communication technologies: trends and consequences of use, IGI Global, USA, pp. 157-175.

Notley, T 2012, '¿Que herramientas necesitamos las ONG para incorporar un nuevo modelo de comunicacion basado en la participacion?' (opens in a new window), #ParadigmaTIC@s: comunicacion y cultura digital en las ONG de desarrollo, Coordinadora de ONG para el Desarrollo-Espana, Spain, pp. 87-94.

Notley, T & Faith, B 2010, 'Mobiles in-a-box: developing a toolkit with grassroots human rights advocates', SMS uprisings: mobile activism in Africa (opens in a new window), Fahamu Books and Pamazuka Press, pp. 40-55.

Singh, N & Notley, T 2009, 'A strategy for making media', Message in-a-box: tools and tactics for communicating your cause, Tactical Technology Collective.

Journal Articles

Neilson, B & Notley, T 2019, 'Data centres as logistical facilities: Singapore and the emergence of production topologies' (opens in a new window), Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 15-29.

Notley, T 2019, 'The environmental costs of the global digital economy in Asia and the urgent need for better policy’ (opens in a new window), Media International Australia, online first.

Notley, T & Dezuanni, M 2018, ‘Advancing children’s news media literacy: learning from the practices and experiences of young Australians (opens in a new window)’, Media, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0163443718813470.

Dietz, M, Notley, T, Catanzaro, M, Sandbach, K & Third, A 2018, ‘Emotion mapping: using participatory media to support young people’s participation in urban design’, Emotion, Place and Society, vol. 28, pp. 9-27.

Magee, L, Kearney, E, Bellerose, D, Collin, P, Crabtree, L, Humphry, J, James, P, Notley, T, Sharma, A, Third, A & Yorke, S 2018, 'Addressing a volatile subject: adaptive measurement of Australian digital capacities' (opens in a new window), Information, Communication & Society, DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1543441.

Deitz, M, Notley, T, Catanzaro, M, Third, A & Sandbach, K 2018, 'Emotion mapping: using participatory media to support young people's participation in urban design'(opens in a new window), Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 28, pp. 9-17.

Notley, T, Gregory, S & Lowenthal, A 2017, 'Video for change: creating and measuring ethical impact’, Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 223-246.

Notley, T & Webb-Gannon, C 2016, 'Visual evidence from above: assessing the value of earth observation satellites for supporting human rights' (opens in a new window), Fibreculture Journal, no. 27.

Reading, A & Notley, T 2015, 'The materiality of globital memory: bringing the cloud to earth' (opens in a new window), Continuum, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 511-521.

Shea, P, Notley, T & Burgess, J 2015, 'Entanglements – activism and technology' (opens in a new window), editorial of Special Issue of Fibreculture Journal, no. 26, pp. 1-6.

Marshall, J & Notley, T 2014, 'Communication technology and social life: transformation and continuity, order and disorder' (opens in a new window), The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 127-137.

Crosby, A & Notley, T 2014, 'Using video and online subtitling to communicate across languages from West Papua' (opens in a new window), The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 138-154.

Notley, T, Salazar, J & Crosby, A 2013, 'Online video translation and subtitling: examining emerging practices and their implications for media activism in South East Asia' (opens in a new window), Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol. 7, no. 1.

Stein, L, Notley, T & Davis, S 2012, 'Transnational networking and capacity building for communication activism' (opens in a new window), Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol. 6, no. 2.

Notley, T 2009, 'The role of online networks in supporting young people's social inclusion' (opens in a new window), Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1208-1227.

Notley, T 2009, 'Restricted access: young people, online networks and school' (opens in a new window), Teacher: The National Education Magazine, pp. 6-11.

Notley, T 2008, 'Online network use in schools: social and educational opportunities' (opens in a new window), Youth Studies Australia, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 20-27.

Notley, T & Foth, M 2008, 'Extending Australia's digital divide policy: an examination of the value of social inclusion and social capital policy frameworks' (opens in a new window), Australian Social Policy, vol. 7, pp. 87-110.

Notley, T & Tacchi, J 2005, 'Online youth networks: researching the experiences of 'peripheral' young people in using new media tools for creative participation and representation' (opens in a new window), 3CMedia. Journal of Community, Citizen's and Third Sector Media, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 73-81.

Published Reports

Notley, T, Dezuanni, M, Zhong, HF & Howden, S 2017, News and Australia’s children: how young people access, perceive and are affected by the news (opens in a new window), Research Report, Sydney, Crinkling News, Western Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology.

Third, A, Notley, T, Dietz, M, Catanzaro, M, Sandbach, K & Keltie, E 2016, InvisibleCity: phase one: mapping the emotional life of Parramatta, Research Report, Young and Well Research Cooperative.

Notley, T, Lowenthal, A & Gregory, S 2015, Video for Change: creating and measuring social impact: a working paper (opens in a new window)by the Video4Change Network, Video4Change Network.

Notley, T 2014, Engaging new audiences: a guide for think tanks, Tactical Technology Collective, Berlin.

Notley, T 2013, Video for Change impact evaluation scoping study: a summary of key research findings (opens in a new window), Video4change Network, EngageMedia, Yogyakarta.

Devine, J, Notley, T & Rahman, T 2009, Extreme poverty policies of donors in Bangladesh: an overview, UK Department for International Development and Government of Bangladesh, Oxford.

Published Conference Papers

Hartley, J & Notley, T 2005, 'User-led content and self-creating communities: history repeating itself? Understanding 'internet radio' in the context of the development of radio' (opens in a new window), Radio in the World: Radio Conference 2005, August 2005, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Notley, T & Tacchi, J 2005, 'The creative potential of new media technologies: Youth Internet Radio Network' (opens in a new window), The 2005 Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Perth, Australia.

Other Publications


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