Doctor Tanya Notley

Doctor Tanya Notley

Senior Lecturer In Communication,
Communications (sohca)


Tanya Notley's research and teaching is focused on social change and communication technology. She has 15 years of experience working in the areas of social justice and human rights, community-based and online media initiatives. She has worked primarily in the UK, Germany, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Vanuatu and Australia.

Tanya's ongoing research projects are focused on:

  • media literacy, particuarly news media literacy
  • digital infrastucture politics
  • virtual reality and education
  • emotion mapping and affective geographies
  • the use of technology to collect evidence for human rights advocacy
  • designing communication initiatives for 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) and she leadss a project focused on young Australians, news and democracy, funded by the Museum of Australian Democracy and Google Australia (working with Michael Dezuanni).

Tanya is employed as a Senior Lecturer in Internet Studies and Digital Media in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University and she is a Senior Researcher with both the Institute for Culture and Society and the Digital Humanities Research Group. She collaborates with a number of human rights and social justice organisations to design communication initiatives for social impact and is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Arts & Humanities, Kings College London (2016-2019).

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
  • 2019 School Impact and Engagement Award 2019-09-15
  • 2019 Vice Chancellor's Impact Award (Runner Up) 2019-10-25


  • Communication and Social Change
  • Digital Media Practices
  • 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: 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
  • 101961 Strategic Communication, 2013
  • 102292 Strategic Communication, 2016


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

  • 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.
  • Magee, L., Kearney, E., Bellerose, D., Collin, P., Crabtree, L., Humphry, J., James, P., Notley, T., Sharma, A., Third, A. and Yorke, S. (2018), '[In Press] Addressing a volatile subject : adaptive measurement of Australian digital capacities', Information, Communication and Society, .
  • 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', 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), '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

  • 2020, 'News and Young Australians in 2020: How Young People Access, Perceive and Are Affected by News Media', Report
  • 2020, 'News Literacy and Australian Teachers: How News Media is Taught in the Classroom', 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, 'Evidence & Influence Micromagazine', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Video for Change Impact Evaluation Scoping Study: A Summary of Key Research Findings', Report
  • 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 Doctor Notley.

Current Projects

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 - 2021-09-24
ID: P00026497
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 - 2021-05-31
ID: P00022589

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: 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
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, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Peter Bansel, Nida Denson and Milissa Deitz
Years: 2016-12-05 - 2018-04-12
ID: P00023561
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


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

Current Supervision

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


Title: Advancing the Media Literacy of Young Australians
Description: Project website
Title: Invisible City
Description: An emotion mapping platform and project
Title: Young Australians and fake news
Description: Published in The Conversation, November 2017
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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