Media and journalism research

Research expertise

Environmental communication and political ecology

We have research expertise in communication about the environment, including climate change communication and political ecology. This includes animal-human relations, the material impacts of media technologies, perception research and developing tools for behaviour change.


Film, television and screen studies

We research the importance of film and television as media institutions. We address the changing roles of screens in our lives, the historical importance of film and television, and the shifting nature of the screen industries in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Journalism investigative techniques, history and education

We have research expertise in journalism practice, historical and contemporary and future potential innovations. Decision-making and psychology in journalism and characteristics and attitudes of New Zealand journalists.


Media aesthetics, affect and affordances

Our research investigates how stories are told and how the media is used as a form of cultural communication and expression. Research is focused on evaluation and appreciation of media form and technique.


Media culture and politics

Our research examines the social, political, cultural and ideological significance of media practices. For example, politics in relation to media, media practices and theory, neoliberalism, cultural politics, cultural studies, gender issues, media sociology and field theory.


Media industries

We have research expertise in the economics of media industries, industry practices, production cultures, funding models, professionalism and financial practices.



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New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism

The New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism brings together journalists, documentary makers, authors, students and others who are doing or would like to do investigative journalism. It runs an annual conference focusing on investigative journalism.

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Political Ecology Research Centre

The Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) is dedicated to connecting groups and individuals whose work emphasises and critiques the relationships between society, environment and politics. PERC members study, teach, research and/or practise political ecology.

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