Associate Professor Tanya Notley

Associate Professor Tanya Notley

Associate Professor in Communication,
Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media


My research and teaching is focused on communication, technology and social change. I collaborate with media literacy, human rights and social justice organisations and public cultural institutions to design communication initiatives for social impact and I have worked on practice-based communication research projects in the UK, Germany, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia. I am the Deputy Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA).

I lead a media literacy reserach program and co-lead the Platform for Civic Media Literacy at the Institute for Culture and Society. I also lead a project focused on investigating and advancing adult media literacy and I am a Chief Investigator on a project designed to support the digital inclusion of families living in low income households (led by Michael Dezuanni at QUT). In 2018-2020 I led a project focused on young Australians, news and democracy.

My recent and current research examines:

  • media literacy
  • digital inclusion
  • 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

 I am interested in supervising postgraduate projects on any of these topics or related areas.

Twitter: @tattinot (opens in new window)

Many of my publications are available to download on ResearchGate.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Notley.


  • PhD Queensland University of Technology
  • MSocChg & Dev University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • BA Comm Stdies University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of Arts & Humanities, Kings College London (2016 - 2019)
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics (2020 - 2021)
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Media Literacy Alliance (2020)


  • Masters Scholarship from the University of Newcastle 2001-04-01
  • PhD Scholarship from the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (ici) at Queensland University of Technology 2006-04-01
  • 2019 School Impact and Engagement Award 2019-09-15
  • 2019 Western Sydney University Outstanding Impact Award 2021-12-15


  • Communication and Social Change
  • Digital Media Practices
  • Media Ethnography
  • Media Literacy
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Young People and Social Media

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media


  • School of Humanities and Communication Arts Research Committee


Location: ED.G.83

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101040 Approaches to Communication, 2012
  • 101545 Strategic Communication, 2014
  • 101743 Mobile Media, 2013
  • 101925 Mediated Mobilities, 2013
  • 101926 Media Cultures and Industries, 2013
  • 101926 Media Cultures and Industries, 2014
  • 101928 Media Law and Ethics, 2021
  • 101961 Strategic Communication, 2013
  • 102292 Strategic Communication, 2016
  • 102705 Communicating for Sustainability, 2021


Chapters in Books

  • Reading, A. and Notley, T. (2018), 'Globital memory capital : theorizing digital memory economies', Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition, Taylor and Francis 9781138639379.
  • Collin, P., Notley, T. and Third, A. (2018), 'Cultivating (digital) capacities : a role for social living labs?', Digital Participation Through Social Living Labs: Valuing Local Knowledge, Enhancing Engagement, Chandos 9780081020593.
  • Notley, T., Lowenthal, A. and Gregory, S. (2015), 'Vi'deos para el cambio social : herramientas para generar y medir el impacto social', Videoactivismo y Movimientos Sociales: Teoria y Praxis de las Multitudes Conectadas, Gedisa Editorial 9788416572243.
  • Notley, T. and Crosby, A. (2014), 'Transmedia activism : exploring the possibilities in West Papua', Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882614.
  • Notley, T. and Hankey, S. (2013), 'Human rights defenders and the right to digital privacy and security', Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use, IGI Global 9781466619180.
  • Notley, T. (2012), 'What tools can NGOs incorporate to establish a new model of communication based on participation?', #ParadigmaTIC@s: Comunicacion y Cultura Digital en las ONG de Desarrollo, Coordinadora de ONG para el Desarrollo-Espana .
  • Notley, T. and Faith, B. (2010), 'Mobiles in-a-box : developing a toolkit with grassroots human rights advocates', SMS Uprisings: Mobile activism in Africa, Fahamu Books and Pamazuka Press 1906387354.
  • Singh, N. and Notley, T. (2009), 'A strategy for making media', Message in-a-box: tools and tactics for communicating your cause, Tactical Technology Collective 9788190882156.

Journal Articles

  • Corser, K., Dezuanni, M. and Notley, T. (2022), 'How news media literacy is taught in Australian classrooms', Australian Educational Researcher, vol 49, no 4 , pp 761 - 777.
  • Dezuanni, M. and Notley, T. (2022), 'Media literacy for primary-aged students in the age of digital media and augmented reality', PETAA Paper, vol 225 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Notley, T., Zhong, H., Dezuanni, M. and Gilbert, S. (2022), '[In Press] Comparing children's and teens' news engagement practices and affective news experiences', Journal of Youth Studies, .
  • Chambers, S., Notley, T., Dezuanni, M. and Park, S. (2022), 'Values and media literacy : exploring the relationship between the values people prioritize in their life and their attitudes toward media literacy', International Journal of Communication, vol 16 , pp 2596 - 2620.
  • Magee, L., Kearney, E., Bellerose, D., Collin, P., Crabtree, L., Humphry, J., James, P., Notley, T., Sharma, A., Third, A. and Yorke, S. (2020), 'Addressing a volatile subject : adaptive measurement of Australian digital capacities', Information, Communication and Society, vol 23, no 7 , pp 998 - 1019.
  • Notley, T. and Dezuanni, M. (2019), 'Advancing children's news media literacy : learning from the practices and experiences of young Australians', Media, Culture and Society, vol 41, no 5 , pp 689 - 707.
  • Notley, T. (2019), 'The environmental costs of the global digital economy in Asia and the urgent need for better policy', Media International Australia, vol 173, no 1 , pp 125 - 141.
  • Neilson, B. and Notley, T. (2019), 'Data centres as logistical facilities : Singapore and the emergence of production topologies', Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, vol 13, no 1 , pp 15 - 29.
  • Deitz, M., Notley, T., Cantanzaro, M., Third, A. and Sandbach, K. (2018), 'Emotion mapping : using participatory media to support young people's participation in urban design', Emotion, Space and Society, vol 28 , pp 9 - 17.
  • Notley, T., Gregory, S. and 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. and Webb-Gannon, C. (2016), 'Visual evidence from above : assessing the value of earth observation satellites for supporting human rights', Fibreculture Journal, , no 27 .
  • Reading, A. and Notley, T. (2015), 'The materiality of globital memory : bringing the cloud to earth', Continuum, vol 29, no 4 , pp 511 - 521.
  • Shea, P., Notley, T. and Burgess, J. (2015), 'Entanglements : activism and technology : editorial', The Fibreculture Journal, vol 26 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Marshall, J. and Notley, T. (2014), 'Communication technology and social life : transformation and continuity, order and disorder', Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 127 - 137.
  • Crosby, A. and Notley, T. (2014), 'Using video and online subtitling to communicate across languages from West Papua', Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 138 - 154.
  • Notley, T., Salazar, J. and Crosby, A. (2013), 'Online video translation and subtitling : examining emerging practices and their implications for media activism in South East Asia', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 7, no 1 .
  • Stein, L., Notley, T. and Davis, S. (2012), 'Transnational networking and capacity building for communication activism', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 6, no 2 .
  • Notley, T. (2009), 'Young people, online networks, and social inclusion', Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol 14, no 4 , pp 1208 - 1227.
  • Notley, T. (2009), 'Restricted access : young people, online networks and school', Teacher: The National Education Magazine, , pp 6 - 11.
  • Notley, T. (2008), 'Online network use in schools : social and educational opportunities', Youth Studies Australia, vol 27, no 3 , pp 20 - 27.
  • Notley, T. and Foth, M. (2008), 'Extending Australia's digital divide policy : an examination of the value of social inclusion and social capital policy frameworks', Australian Social Policy, vol 7, no na , pp 87 - 110.
  • Notley, T. and Tacchi, J. (2005), 'Online youth networks : researching the experiences of 'peripheral' young people in using new media tools for creative participation and representation', Journal of Community, Citizen's and Third Sector Media and Communication, vol 1, no 1 , pp 73 - 81.

Conference Papers

  • Hartley, J. and Notley, T. (2005), 'User-led Content and Self-creating Communities: History Repeating Itself? Understanding 'Internet Radio' in the Context of the Development of Radio.', Radio in the World: Radio Conference 2005, August 2005, RMIT University, Melbourne, Melbourne.
  • Notley, T. and Tacchi, J. (2005), 'The creative potential of new media technologies: Youth Internet Radio Network.', The 2005 Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Perth, Australia., Perth.

Other Publications

  • 2021, 'Towards a National Strategy for Media Literacy: National Consultation Report', Report
  • 2021, 'Adult Media Literacy in Australia: Attitudes, Experiences and Needs', Report
  • 2021, 'Data Farms Sonification', Published Work
  • 2020, 'News Literacy and Australian Teachers: How News Media is Taught in the Classroom', Report
  • 2020, 'News and Young Australians in 2020: How Young People Access, Perceive and Are Affected by News Media', Report
  • 2019, 'Toolkit: Analysing the Inclusion and Representation of Young People in the News Media', Published Work
  • 2019, 'The Inclusion and Representation of Young People in the Australian News Media', Report
  • 2019, 'Video for Change Impact Toolkit', Published Work
  • 2018, 'invisiblecity: Emotion Mapping App', Published Work
  • 2017, 'News and Australian Children: How Young People Access, Perceive and are Affected by the News', Report
  • 2016, 'InWesternSydney', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Video for Change: Creating and Measuring Social Impact: A Working Paper by the Video4Change Network', Report
  • 2015, 'Invisible City Project Website', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Engaging New Audiences: A Guide for Think Tanks', Report
  • 2013, 'Video for Change Impact Evaluation Scoping Study: A Summary of Key Research Findings', Report
  • 2013, 'Evidence & Influence Micromagazine', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Extreme Poverty Policies of Donors in Bangladesh: An Overview', Report
  • 2009, '10 tactics for turning information into action. Research, project management and film script by Tanya Notley.', Published Work


communication and social change, data politics, data centers, internet rights and governance, telecommunications and media policy, communication and activism, development communication, new media convergence, mobile communication, participatory and action research, media and ethnography, media and emotion.


communication and social change, digital communication and advocacy, strategtic communication, documentary production, visualising information, digital research methods, storytelling, radio production.

Past Funded Research Projects 

2012-2013. 'Investigating translation practices in video activism across the Asia-Pacific.' (with Juan Salazar). Funded by the UWS Digital Media Research initiative. 

2011-2013. 'Strengthening and Securing Net Activism: Enabling actors for change to increase the free flow of information and Freedom of Expression online' (Tactical Technology Collective). Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. (I co-authored this project and acted as an Associate Research Fellow during its implementation.)

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Notley.

Current Projects

Title: Advancing digital inclusion in low income Australian families [Via QUT]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
Years: 2020-12-08 - 2023-12-08
ID: P00026237

Previous Projects

Title: The Video4Change Community and Impact Toolkit [via EngageMedia]
  • Oak Foundation
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
Years: 2014-01-03 - 2015-11-30
ID: P00021936
Title: Media Literacy in Australia: "Assessing needs and developing a National Strategy".
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education (USA)
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
Years: 2020-04-15 - 2021-10-30
ID: P00026497
Title: Digital Capacity Index: Measuring the Digital Capacity of Australian Families
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Paul James, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Justine Humphry and Louise Crabtree-Hayes
Years: 2015-10-15 - 2016-10-14
ID: P00022941
Title: Young and Resilient Living Lab Foundation Project
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Louise Crabtree-Hayes, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Peter Bansel, Nida Denson and Milissa Deitz
Years: 2016-12-05 - 2018-04-12
ID: P00023561
Title: Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter and Tanya Notley
Years: 2016-06-30 - 2022-05-31
ID: P00022589
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Engaging Creativity Through Technologies P2:P2
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson, Peter Bansel, Tanya Notley, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro and Milissa Deitz
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2016-12-25
ID: P00021345
Title: Children and News Media Literacy in Australia
  • Crinkling News
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley and Flora Zhong
Years: 2017-09-10 - 2017-12-15
ID: P00024534
Title: Advancing the news media literacy of young Australians
  • Old Parliament House
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2020-04-30
ID: P00025230


Associate Professor Notley is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Technological spaces and network governance: Transformations in the Australian migration industry
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Beyond the 'Docile Subject': Women's uses of Self-Tracking Apps and Wearable Technologies as Ethical Self-Making
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Human Rights Acts. Media Reform and Politics in Argentina
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Australian youth-led activist organisations and the everyday shaping of political subjectivities in the digital age
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Public Diplomacy and Social Media Listening: Examining the practices of Australia and Italy.
Field of Research: Political Science And Policy Studies; Communication And Media Studies; Communication And Media Studies, N.e.c.; Sociology
Thesis Title: What is the Status of the Special Protection of Journalists Reporting on Conflict in International Law?
Field of Research:


Title: Articles on media literacy., young people and news and media infrastructures
Description: My articles on The Conversation
Title: Video for Change Impact Toolkit
Description: I led the reserach process to develop this toolkit
Title: Advancing the Media Literacy of Young Australians
Description: Project website
Title: Invisible City
Description: An emotion mapping platform and project
Title: Evidence & Influence Micro-Magazine
Description: As co-editor of this four-part series I wrote and edited numerous articles. The four issues are: Environment + Justice; Gender + Violence; Transparency + Accountability; Protest.

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