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Dr Andrew Chrystall PhD, MA

Associate Head of School

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

Andrew likes surfing

Dr Andrew Chrystall’s research unfolds from the aesthetic-historical and interdisciplinary approach of Marshall McLuhan, the Toronto School of Communication, and Media Ecology. His research portfolio demonstrates sustained attention to the effects of media and the interrelations between culture and technology. In addition to his primary discipline(s)—Media and Communication Studies—Dr. Chrystall has a background in Public Relations, Sociology and Theology. He also had a vital and exciting career in a variety of “cultural” industries prior to becoming an academic. Dr Chrystall also likes surfing, playing judo and is an underwhelming jazz guitarist. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64-9-4140800 ext. 43317
    Location: 3.28B, Quad B
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Media Studies) (2008)
  • Master of Arts (Public Relations) - Bond University, QLD (1995)
  • Bachelor of Theology - University of Auckland (2002)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology) - University of Waikato (1994)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Communication theory

Media Studies

Technology and culture




Treaty of Waitangi

Foresight and forecasting


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199): Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102): Cultural Studies (200200):
Film, Television and Digital Media (190200):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105): Screen and Media Culture (200212):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)


Media effects

New media

Research Outputs


Chrystall, AB. (2017). Media ecologist and politician: An interview with Phil Rose. Explorations in Media Ecology. 16(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Chrystall, A.
Chrystall, AB., & Sayers, JG. (2017). King Konsumer: Menippean satire, spectatorship, sacrifice and consumption. Continuum. 31(2), 266-276
[Journal article]Authored by: Chrystall, A., Sayers, J.


Chrystall, AB., Heywood, B., & Tie, W. (2012, March). The paradox of One: A scholarly dialogue.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Chrystall, A., Tie, W.
Bathurst, R., & Chrystall, AB. (2011, October). A dialogue on knowledge, text & teaching. In Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bathurst, R., Chrystall, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Sandra Barnett - PhD
    The mind or psyche of the New Zealand SME owner of manager through the lens of LinkedIn.

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