Senior Lecturer; Research Manager — Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8276
School of Language and Culture
Faculty of Culture and Society
Private Bag 92006
Philippa is a senior lecturer in the School of Language and Culture. Drawing on her earlier career in journalism and public relations, Philippa has developed her research interest in communication ranging from the level of language (critical discourse analysis) to a more macro approach investigating, for example, society’s use of new media.
In addition, Philippa is the Research Manager for the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication at AUT and has been one of the key researchers on the World Internet Project in New Zealand from 2007 – 2016 — a longitudinal research project that has tracked New Zealanders'use of the internet. All of the WIPNZ reports and associated publications from this period can be found at the Institute’s website. Other internet-related research Philippa has been involved in includes: the Online News Project, the Digital Inclusion Project and a report on New Zealanders with disabilities and their internet use, and the Virtual Voices Project.
Philippa was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford University) from September to December, 2018 where she researched freedom of expression on the internet https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/philippa-smith/. She also gave presentations at the University of Swansea and the University of Lancaster during this time.
Philippa's research has been published in journals and books and she has presented at numerous conferences. She been an examiner of honours' dissertations and Masters' and doctoral theses from New Zealand universities and she has reviewed papers for a range of academic journals, abstracts for international conferences and research proposals for the AUT Doctoral Board and various committees both within the university and externally.
Philippa has been interviewed by a number of media outlets on communication topics: