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Dr Leon Salter PhD


School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm


School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing


School of People, Environment and Planning

Leon’s research focuses on the intersections between liberal democracy and digital media, specifically how the latter changes how we understand and interact with the former. He uses qualitative methods and democratic theory to contest simplistic, technologically deterministic accounts of the impact of social media, looking for ways that it may still expand democracy, as well as understanding some of the cultures that surround its use, which may lead to the spread of misinformation.


Contact details

  • Ph: 04 979 3544 |ext. 63656
    Location: 5F49
    Campus: Wellington


  • Doctor of Philosopy - Massey University (2018)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: Examining the effects of the expansion of gig work on health and wellbeing in a post-pandemic economy-Leon Salter

Date Range: 2021 - 2023

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Salter, LA. (2021). #IamMetiria: A qualitative case study of agonistic welfare policy debates on Twitter. New Media and Society.
[Journal article]Authored by: Salter, L.
Hoverd, WJ., Salter, L., & Veale, K. (2021). The Christchurch Call: insecurity, democracy and digital media - can it really counter online hate and extremism?. SN Social Sciences. 1(1), Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs43545-020-00008-2
[Journal article]Authored by: Hoverd, W., Salter, L., Veale, K.
Kuehn, KM., & Salter, LA. (2020). Assessing Digital Threats to Democracy, and Workable Solutions: A Review of the Recent Literature. International Journal of Communication. 14(1), 2589-2610
[Journal article]Authored by: Salter, L.
Salter, L., & Dickson, A. (2020). The fantasy of healthy food: desire and anxiety in healthy food guide magazine. Critical Public Health.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Salter, L.
Salter, L. (2019). An ethical populism in Education Struggles: The media campaigns of the NZEI teacher union. Postcolonial Directions in Education.
[Journal article]Authored by: Salter, L.
Phelan, S., & Salter, LA. (2021). ‘Just doing their job?’ Journalism, online critique and the political resignation of Metiria Turei. Journalism. 22(7), 1665-1681
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S., Salter, L.
Salter, LA. (2019). Editorial Representations of the National Standards Education Policy: Populism, the journalistic identity and the citizen-consumer. Journalism Studies. 20(7), 1050-1067
[Journal article]Authored by: Salter, L.
Phelan, S., & Salter, LA. (2019). The Journalistic Habitus, Neoliberal(Ized) Logics, and the Politics of Public Education. Journalism Studies. 20(2), 154-172
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S., Salter, L.
Salter, LA., & Phelan, S. (2017). The morality and political antagonisms of neoliberal discourse: Campbell Brown and the corporatization of educational justice. International Journal of Communication. 11, 3030-3050
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S., Salter, L.
Salter, L. (2016). Populism as a fantasmatic rupture in the post-political order: integrating Laclau with Glynos and Stavrakakis. Kotuitui. 11(2), 116-132
[Journal article]Authored by: Salter, L.


Salter, L., & Ganesh, S. (2017). Media use as social action. In P. Roessler (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. (pp. 1213 - 1221). Hobokken, United States of America: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
[Chapter]Authored by: Salter, L.


Dickson, AG., & salter, L. (2017, December). Healthy Food (the Pervert’s) Guide: Capitalising on the Culture(s) of Health. Presented at Cultures of Capitalism. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A., Salter, L.


Kuehn, K., Salter, LA., Berentson-Shaw, J., & Elliott, M. (2019). Digital Threats to Democracy. Literature Review Part 2: Solutions.
[Other]Authored by: Salter, L.
Salter, LA., Kuehn, K., Berentson-Shaw, J., & Elliott, M. (2019). Digital Threats to Democracy. Literature Review Part 1: Threats and Opportunities.
[Other]Authored by: Salter, L.
[Other]Authored by: Salter, L.
Salter, L. (2017). Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work: Review Essay.
[Other]Authored by: Salter, L.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 219.721 Transdisciplinary Communication Research Methods

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