Dr Rufus McEwan

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Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 6895

Email: rufus.mcewan@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:
School of Communication Studies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Master of Communication Studies (MCS) (Hons.), Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) Research Centre (AUT)


I have worked at AUT as a lecturer in the School of Communication Studies since 2006. My research considers radio and convergence, industry practice, media policy, and contemporary media work. I am involved in the teaching of both the radio and media communication curriculums at AUT, as well as new media theory at a postgraduate level. My teaching practice combines key media studies theory and practical radio skills, particularly the operation of the AUT student radio station and ProTools audio editing software. I have previously worked in the New Zealand radio industry as an announcer and a producer on both music and talkback stations.

Teaching Areas:

  • Media communication
  • Media industries
  • New media
  • Convergence
  • Digital audio production
  • Radio broadcasting techniques
  • Audio documentary
  • Writing for radio

Research Areas:

  • Radio
  • Convergence
  • Media Transformation
  • Zealand Radio
  • Industries
  • Media Policy
  • Indigenous Broadcasting
  • Political Economy
  • Contemporary Media Work
  • Public Sphere

Research Summary:

My primary research is in the field of radio-studies, where I utilise the radio medium and radio industries to critically examine contemporary processes of media transformation, contributing to a global concern regarding the future of radio in a period of technology-driven change and industry uncertainty. My research interests intersect with concerns beyond radio, that address the social impact of new media technologies and the lived experiences of contemporary media workers. My current research applies these considerations to the context of indigenous broadcasting in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Current Research Projects:

  • Iwi radio in the era of media convergence
  • Contemporary radio work and precarious labour


Selected recent publications

Journal articles

  • McEwan, R. (2017). Renegotiating radio work in the era of media convergence: Uncertainty, individualisation and the centrality of brands. The Political Economy of Communication. 5(2). 45—66.
  • McEwan, R. (2017). Digital radio platforms in the New Zealand context: Implementing The Wireless and iHeartRadio. The Radio Journal: international studies in broadcast and audio media. 15(2). 259—277. doi:10.1386/rjao.15.2.259_1
  • McEwan, R. (2017). Distorted Direction: A Critique of the Convergence Agenda in Media Policy Renewal. Medianz: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand. 17(1). 93—115.
  • McEwan R. (2010) Radio on the Internet: Opportunities for new public spheres? Communication Journal of New Zealand 11(1):4-21.


  • McEwan, R. (2016). Convergence and radio in New Zealand: Investigating media transformation through the New Zealand radio industry. [PhD Thesis]. Monash University. Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Conferences

  • McEwan, R. (2018). Te pūtahitanga o ngā reo irirangi Māori: New Zealand’s indigenous radio network in the era of media convergence. The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum. Prato, Italy.
  • McEwan, R. (2018). Contemporary Media Work, Agency and the Cultural Experience of Uncertainty. The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies. Kobe, Japan.
  • McEwan, R. (2017). A change consensus? Critiquing the convergence agenda in media policy renewal. Agenda 2020: New Zealand media futures. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • McEwan, R. (2016). Negotiating Change in the New Zealand Radio Industry: Roles, Responsibilities and the importance of Brands. In The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • McEwan, R. (2015). Directing Change: Organisational shifts in the New Zealand radio industry. In ANZCA 2015: Rethinking communication, space and identity. Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • McEwan, R. (2015). Introducing iHeartRadio: Digital platforms in the New Zealand context. In ECREA Radio Research Conference. Madrid, Spain.


  • 2012 Australian Postgraduate Award (Monash University, three-year scholarship)