Doctor Asha Chand

Doctor Asha Chand

Associate Dean, International,
Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Senior Lecturer,
Communications (sohca)


Asha is Associate Dean International in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is an academic and journalist with a combined industry experience of more than 35 years.

Asha was recognised for her journalism and research at the House of Commons in London in October, 2018 with the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman award, followed by the 2019 Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award on the eve of India's Republic Day in Delhi. Asha's research interests are in culture, society, migration and marriage. She has also published on journalism research and the use of media technologies in story telling. Dr Chand has won Australian national recognition for excellence in tertiary teaching. She is a 2015 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s excellence in teaching award for her role in developing hybrid online courses at Western Sydney University. She is also Senior Lecturer and journalism area convenor. Her research work has been published in national and international journals. Her PhD research is titled Migration, Match-Making and the Media: Fiji Indians in Sydney. Dr Chand has been successful with Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding and took a group of students to Nepal on a study tour in 2016 to report on the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. She led a similar study tour to Fiji in 2017 and one to West Bengal, India, in 2018.  She migrated to Australia in 1998 and joined Western Sydney University's journalism program in 2003. Prior to this, Asha was the Chief of Staff at The Fiji Times, then a national daily newspaper published by News Limited in Fiji. Asha's journalism experience stretches from local politics to international coverage of meetings such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1997 where she met Nelson Mandela.

Asha also supervises PhD and Master of Research students in the areas of her specialisations.  

A full list of Asha's publications can be found here:  Google Scholar

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MProfComm University of Western Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts
  • Communications (sohca)


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Location: ED.G.85

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 100556 Introduction to Journalism
  • 101173 Internship
  • 102061 Feature Writing
  • 102063 News Teams

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100556 Introduction to Journalism, 2014
  • 101173 Internship, 2018
  • 102061 Feature Writing, 2014
  • 102063 News Teams, 2014


Chapters in Books

  • Chand, A. (2013), 'Reinventing the media sphere : Fiji Indian voices down under', Bridging Imaginations : South Asian Diaspora in Australia, Readworthy 9789350182796.
  • Chand, A. (2007), 'Indian, Fijian Foods Add Spice to Sydney's Appetite', Rural Indian Markets, Icfai University Press, Hyderbad 09725326.

Journal Articles

  • Chand, A. (2017), 'It's Time...a speech that shaped a life and Australia', Media Development, vol 4 , pp 29 - 33.
  • Chand, A. (2009), 'Political Activism: The New Mantra for Fiji Indians in Global Sydney', The Global Studies Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 117 - 130.
  • Chand, A. (2007), 'The Land Down Under vows Bollywood Style: for Richer or richer', The International Journal of Diversity in organisations, communities and nations, vol 7, no 2 , pp 215 - 224.
  • Chand, A. (2007), 'The Fiji Indian Chutney Generation : The cultural spread between Fiji and Australia', International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, , pp 131 - 148.
  • Chand, A. (2006), 'The Dynamics of Diversity in Sydney's Indians', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, vol 4 .
  • Chand, A. (2004), 'Ethnic Media and Fiji Indians in Sydney', Australian Journalism Review, vol 26, no 1 , pp 145 - 154.

Conference Papers

  • Chand, A. (2017), 'Digital story telling gives voice to Sydney's senior Blacktown legends', International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications, Singapore.


  • 2007, 'The Chutney Generations'

Other Publications

  • 2007, 'Chutney Generations. An Australian-Fijian-Indian Cultural Extravaganza', Published Work

I am currently researching and writing about online dating which is built within the context of a postmodern society which is networked, mobile and global. My research examines the use of new media technologies in finding a match for marriage, known to the Indian Diaspora as a way of life. The research attempts to gauge an understanding of the sociological impacts of hyper-communication, especially the use of dating sites in forming intimate relationships online while evaluating marriage (which also feeds migration) for Australia’s political andsocial economies.

Globalisation, while opening up the world of possibilities simultaneously helps lock in the Indian community into its own cultural cluster through dating and marriage. This research is an extention of my 2012 PhD titled The Chutney Generation: Fiji Indian Migration, Match-Making and Media in Sydney.

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Doctor Chand is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Perceptions, Impressions and Frames: Political Actors on the Stage of Human Life
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Social Media Approach for E-Marketing
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Title: Chutney Generations
Description: A three month exhibition and publication on the Australian Fiji Indian cultural extravaganza
Title: Models of Achievement
Description: A $21.2 million Commonwealth Government funded Bridges to Higher Education programme

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