Justin Matthews

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Lecturer

Email: justin.matthews@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3508-6564

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Qualifications:

  • Master of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Computing, Unitec
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of New England
  • Certificate in Emergency Management, Auckland University of Technology

Overview:

Justin Matthews is a lecturer in communication studies at the Auckland University of Technology. After an extensive period in the commercial sector working in the digital fields he now specializes in teaching digital media, focusing on production and strategy. His research interests include user interfaces and experiences, moving image, popular culture and narrative, specifically its morphology across digital mediums.

Research interests:

e-Learning pedagogies
Visual communication
3D communication spaces
Communication interfaces
Usability studies
Mobile communication
Digital narratives

Teaching summary:

Digital Media
Moving Image
Motion Graphics & VFX
Social Media Communication & Strategy
Digital Production & Strategy
Masters Supervison

Fields of research:

  • Digital and Interaction Design
  • Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

  • Who is Judge Dredd and why it matters that media invoke the cartoon character, The Conversation (2019)
  • Learning and Teaching Award 2017, Design and Creative Technologies Faculty (2017)
  • NZ On Air – Web Series Fund (Season 4), NZ On Air (2016)
  • Learning and Teaching Award 2016, Design and Creative Technologies Faculty (2016)
  • NZ On Air – Web Series Fund (Season 3), NZ On Air (2015)
  • AUT Venture Fund (Savvy), Auckland University of Technology (2015)
  • NZ On Air – Web Series Fund (Season 2), NZ On Air (2014)

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Popular Culture Research Centre, Popular Culture Research Center (2015 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Learning and Teaching Award 2017, Design and Creative Technologies Faculty (2017)
  • Learning and Teaching Award 2016, Design and Creative Technologies Faculty (2016)
  • AUT Venture Fund (Savvy), Auckland University of Technology (2015)

    Outreach and engagement

    • Who is Judge Dredd and why it matters that media invoke the cartoon character (2019)
      The fictitious world of Judge Dredd highlights authoritarianism, including laws against outsiders, walls around cities and rules that deny people basic rights. Are the Dredd comics a cautionary tale?

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Nairn, A., & Matthews, J. (2019). Mostly, do no Harm: Representations of morality in the television medical drama “The Resident. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 8(2), 159-178. doi:10.1386/ajpc_00003_1

Creative works

  • Harwood, J., & Matthews, J. (2015). High Road (No. Of Pieces: 16) [Artefact]. Vimeo, YouTube & High Road Website: https://www.lightbox.co.nz/series/lightbox-original-high-road. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/190187682

Conference contributions

  • Nairn, A., & Matthews, J. (2019). Dominated by Disney: A thematic analysis of identity work in the documentary 'waking sleeping beauty'. In Popular Culture Association Australia and New Zealand Conference. Melbourne: RMIT. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/2019-conference-program/

  • Matthews, J., & Nairn, A. (2019). Too much skin: An exploration of New Zealand attitudes to the reality television show “Naked Attraction”. In Popular Culture Association Australia and New Zealand Conference. Melbourne: RMIT. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/2019-conference-information/

  • Matthews, J. (2019). The Dredd of Police Militarisation. In 'Popular Icons, Popular Tales' Symposium. Auckland: AUT Popular Culture Research Centre. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/autpopcult/posts/451111592367704

  • Matthews, J. (2019). Monstrous Touch: A exploration of organic science fiction interfaces. In Popular Culture Association (PCA) Conference. Washington DC: Popular Culture Association. Retrieved from https://pcaaca.org/conference/2019

  • Matthews, J. (2019). Monstrous Touch: A gothic exploration of organic science fiction interfaces. In Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) Conference. Gold Coast: Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia. Retrieved from https://www.ganza.co.nz/conference-information

  • Matthews, J. (2018). Gaming Narratives and the Transmedia Objects in the Video Game ’Destiny’. In Tales of the (Un)Popular: Intersections of Narrative, History, and Popular Culture. Auckland: Lorna P Farnell. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/

  • Matthews, J. (2017). Video snacking and narrative depth. In MediAsia 2017. Kobe.

  • Matthews, J. (2017). Humanness, the uncanny valley and killer robots. In Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA). Auckland.

Theses

Oral presentations

  • Matthews, J. (2017). Trends in Video Snacking and Competency in Narrative Depth. School of Communication Studies.