Welcome to Research in the School of Communication Studies. We are committed to innovative, critical and creative research that advances knowledge, serves the community, and develops future communication experts and skilled media practitioners. In our School there is a dynamic interaction between communication theory and media practice across digital media, creative industries, film and television production advertising, radio, public relations, and journalism.  We have expertise in areas such as Pacific media, journalism theory, political economy of the media, multi-modal analysis, media performance theory, political and environmental communication.

Research can be conducted through our PhD degree and also the Master of Philosophy and the Master of Communication Studies degrees, as well as at Postgraduate Diploma and Honours levels.

Please contact the Head of Research, Professor Geoffrey Craig for further information.

Research Institutes and Centres

Research Qualifications

The following qualifications within the School of Communication Studies have a research component:

Research areas include:

  • 3D Communication
  • American studies
  • Anime and manga
  • Asia-Pacific media
  • Children's television
  • Community media
  • Creative identity
  • Creative industries
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Critical theory
  • Cultural history
  • Cultural, social and gender identities
  • Cultural studies
  • Digital performance
  • Digital visual information systems
  • Documentary film
  • Environmental communication
  • Ethnography of organisations
  • Film studies
  • Food studies
  • Future of journalism
  • Geosemiotics
  • Grounded theory
  • Identity construction
  • Journalism education
  • Learning communication
  • Literature and publishing
  • Multimodal interaction analysis
  • New media in the South Pacific
  • New Zealand film culture
  • Organisational identity and social media
  • Political communication
  • Posthumanist visuality
  • Production journalism
  • Television drama and audience
  • Thematic analysis (methodology)
  • Pacific rim film cultures
  • Political economy
  • Religion and society
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Relationship between public relations and journalism
  • Social identity in the creative industries
  • Social media in journalism
  • Stereoscopic moving image
  • Strategic management of global virtue teams
  • Visual rhetoric
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Last updated: 01-Dec-2015 11.05am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.