Welcome to the Research Unit in Media Studies (RUMS)

  • The Research Unit in Media Studies produces consistently high quality research that informs key debates about the role and influence of media in contemporary life.

    This quality is achieved by investigating the key theories, histories, practices, policies and industries relating to media, as well as critically analysing the latest developments in digital media and technology.

    Our researchers and postgraduate candidates are passionate about understanding what it means to live in a world where media institutions and communications technologies dominate everyday experience.

    Our Objectives

    The activities of Research Unit members are directed at two key objectives.

    • First, the Unit aims to produce outstanding theoretical and empirical research on media in its historical and contemporary forms.

      This standard is realised through a range of activities, including the writing of international journal articles and book publications, the attraction of major research grants, attendance at national and international conferences, participation in public forums, news media commentary, and the creation of partnerships with other universities and key media and government organisations.

    • Second, the Unit seeks to create an environment that effectively supports and trains postgraduate researchers at PhD and Masters levels.

      Postgraduates form an essential part of the Unit’s operation and culture, and are included in all major activities. Students are offered high quality supervision teams and participate in regular research seminars and Master Classes.


Latest News

  • The recent announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding outcomes was cause for celebration in the Research Unit in Media Studies. Co-Director of the Unit, Brett Hutchins, was awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship. He will spend the next four years working on a project titled, ‘The Mobile Media Moment: Investigating the Pivotal Role of Read more
  • Associate Professor Brett Hutchins has just released two international edited collections that examine processes of media transformation in the digital age. The first, Environmental Conflict and the Media, is a specially commissioned volume in the ‘Global Crises and the Media‘ series published by Peter Lang in New York, and features an Afterword by the leader of Read more
  • Dr David Holmes has been invited to analyse and comment on national media coverage of the Federal Election campaign as part of The Conversation’s ‘media watchdog’ panel. This panel is a ‘first’ in Australia and will see David feature alongside 23 leading media, journalism and politics scholars working in the Australian university system. Follow the analysis – Read more

More News

  • Communications and Media Studies at Monash University has achieved a ranking of 21 in the world in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, an improvement of nine positions compared to 2012. Monash’s program was ranked fourth in Communications and Media Studies in Australia and was one of only five programs nationally to appear in the Read more
  • Associate Professor Shane Homan recently completed a comprehensive commissioned report for the Australia Council. “The Recorded Music Sector in Australia: Strategic Initiatives” is a timely intervention into this important area of national cultural policy. The report investigates Australian recording companies (classical and contemporary) and potential growth strategies in a cultural sector facing many global challenges, including Read more
  • Professor Graeme Turner says of ‘Youth and the Media‘ (Sage 2013): ‘The relationship between youth and the media is one of the most frequented areas in media and cultural studies, but rarely has it been so judiciously, thoroughly, and productively examined as it is in Andy Ruddock’s excellent and most useful book.’ This is Dr Andy Ruddock’s third book. Read more
  • A new book by Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson, ‘Athletes, Sexual Assault and “Trials by Media”‘  (Routledge 2013) has just been released. It details how popular conceptions of masculinity and femininity inform the way footballers’ bodies, team bonding, women, sex and alcohol are portrayed in the media, and connects stories relating to the cases with sports reporting generally. Read more
  • Gender bias and sexual harassment against female journalists are still systemic problems in Australian newsrooms, according to new research. In the largest-ever survey of female journalists in the Australian news media, Monash University researcher Dr Louise North from the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences investigated various working conditions previously known to confront women to gauge the Read more
  • Professor Justin O’Connor has been appointed as Chair of Communications and Cultural Economy in Communications and Media Studies. He begins his appointment in January 2013. Justin O’Connor is a global leader in cultural industries research. He has held professorial positions at the University of Leeds and the Queensland University of Technology, and was the Director of Read more