Doctor Tanya Notley

Doctor Tanya Notley

Senior Lecturer in Communication,
Communications (SoHCA)


I teach and research across the areas of media, technology and social change.

I am employed as a Senior Lecturer in Internet Studies and Digital Media in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University and I am a Senior Researcher with the Institute for Culture and Society

I have 15 years experience working as a digital media producer, trainer and researcher in the areas of social justice and human rights. I have worked primarily in the UK, Germany, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Australia. I continue to collaborate with a number of human rights and social justice organisations to design communication initiatives for social impact including ongoing role as Research Adviser with the Tactical Technology Collective.

My research examines how media and communication technology impacts upon:

  • social and cultural participation;
  • public accountability and transparency;
  • education and learning;
  • human rights and social justice; and
  • on the natural environment.

To carry out research, I employ participatory, ethnographic and applied research methods.

Since 2010 I have (with collaborators) raised more than AUD$2.5 million dollars for social change media research.

My ongoing research projects are focused on:

  • virtual reality technologies, social change and education;
  • young people, emotions and digital mapping;
  • the use of media evidence in human rights; and
  • designing communication initiatives for social impact.

I am currently collaborating on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery project about data centers, labour and territory (with Brett Neilsen and Ned Rossiter) and I am also working on my first book manuscript, which examines the politics of data storage.

Twitter: @tattinot

Publications are available here.

This information has been contributed by Doctor 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)


  • 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


  • Communication and Social Change
  • Digital Media Practices
  • Virtual reality
  • Young People and Social Media
  • environmental impact of media
  • human rights and technology
  • media and globalisation

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communications (SoHCA)


  • School of Humanities and Communication Arts Research Committee


Location: EQ.G.28

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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
  • 101961 Strategic Communication, 2013
  • 102292 Strategic Communication, 2016


Chapters in Books

  • 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

  • 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', The 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', The 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), 'The role of online networks in supporting young people's 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', 3CMedia. Journal of Community, Citizen's and Third Sector Media, 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

  • 2016, 'InWesternSydney ', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Video for Change: Creating and Measuring Social Impact: A Working Paper by the Video4Change Network', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Invisible City Project Website', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Engaging New Audiences: A Guide for Think Tanks', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Video for Change Impact Evaluation Scoping Study: A Summary of Key Research Findings', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Evidence & Influence Micromagazine', Published Work
  • 2009, '10 tactics for turning information into action. Research, project management and film script by Tanya Notley.', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Extreme Poverty Policies of Donors in Bangladesh: An Overview', Research Report



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.

Recently 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 a Research Associate during its implementation.)

This information has been contributed by Doctor Notley.

Current Projects

Title: Young and Resilient Living Lab Foundation Project
Years: 2016-12-05 - 2017-12-04
ID: P00023561
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Louise Crabtree, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Peter Bansel, Nida Denson and Milissa Deitz
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Title: Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory
Years: 2016-06-30 - 2020-05-31
ID: P00022589
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter and Tanya Notley
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)

Previous Projects

Title: The Video4Change Community and Impact Toolkit [via EngageMedia]
Years: 2014-01-03 - 2015-11-30
ID: P00021936
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
  • Oak Foundation
Title: Digital Capacity Index: Measuring the Digital Capacity of Australian Families
Years: 2015-10-15 - 2016-10-14
ID: P00022941
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Paul James, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley and Louise Crabtree
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Engaging Creativity Through Technologies P2:P2
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2016-12-25
ID: P00021345
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson, Peter Bansel, Tanya Notley, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro and Milissa Deitz
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)


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

Current Supervision

Title: Young People's Digital Subactivism Practices with Australian Youth-Led Activist Organisations
Field of Research:
Title: Communication Rights and Media Policies in Argentina: an Ethnographic Approach
Field of Research:
Title: Public Diplomacy and Social Media: Examining the Practices of Australia and Italy
Field of Research:


Title: invisiblecity
Description: An emotional mapping platform and project I co-developed with Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Milissa Dietz, Amanda Third, Emma Kelty.
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.
Title: Rare earths and our insatiable appetite for digital memory
Description: Published in The Conversation, November 2013
Title: Why digital privacy and security are important for development
Description: Article published in the Guardian Magazine, August 2011
Title: Video for Change and Impact
Description: I blog on this topic as part of the Video4Change network

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