Thomas Owen

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Senior Lecturer

Email: thomas.owen@aut.ac.nz

Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2014 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington (2013 - 2013)
  • Lecturer, Massey University (2011 - 2011)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Massey University
  • BA Hons, Victoria University of Wellington

Overview:

Dr Owen's current research examines the communication of Privilege Loss. He teaches courses in Global Crises and the Media and Intercultural Communication, and supervises post graduate projects on a range of global communication issues: including white supremacy; doping in sports; protection of natural habitats; alternative cinema; and the impact of mega-developments on indigenous communities.

Research interests:

Privilege Loss; Global Crises; Indigenous Education; Social Movements; HIV/AIDS Medicines; Intellectual Property Rights; Discourse Analysis;

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Teaching Team Award at the #AUT Excellence Awards 2019, Auckland University of Technology (2019)

Facilitation, networking and collaboration

  • Panel Chair - International Women’s Day #eachforequal, Faculty Inclusion and Wellbeing, DCT, Auckland University of Technology (2020 - ongoing)

Outreach and engagement

  • Managing Privilege Loss (In Ourselves and Others) (2020)
  • TEDxAuckland Speaker (2019)
  • White Privilege workshop (2019)

Invitation to present research

  • The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Comm, Online (2020)
  • New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society, Auckland Reg, Pt. Chevalier School 7 Te Ra Road, Point Chevalier Auckland, 1022 New Zealand (2020)
  • Unconscious Bias and Privilege—AUT and Beyond, AUT City Campus (2019)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

Books

Journal articles

  • Owen, T., & Annabell, T. (2018). The Panama Papers in New Zealand media: A modern diachronic corpus assisted discourse study. Discourse, Context and Media, 24(August 2018), 117-128. doi:10.1016/j.dcm.2018.02.007

  • Owen, T. (2017). Lacan, Laclau, and the impossibility of free trade. MediaNZ, 16(2). Retrieved from https://medianz.otago.ac.nz/medianz/issue/view/24

  • Baker, S., Owen, T., Rupar, V., Myllylahti, M., Devadas, V., Craig, G., & Berti, C. (2017). Diversity in reporting? A study of the news coverage of the 2016 New Zealand local body elections. MEDIANZ, 17(1). doi:10.11157/medianz-vol17iss1id184

  • Owen, T. (2017). Twenty one years of HIV/AIDS medicines in the newspaper: Patents, protest, and philanthropy. Media, Culture and Society. doi:10.1177/0163443717703795

  • Owen, T. (2016). Levi Obijiofor, New technologies in developing societies. Communication Research and Practice, 2(1). doi:10.1080/22041451.2016.1155342

  • Rupar, V., Owen, T., & Baker, S. (2015). Diversity, inclusivity, and the news: Coverage of the 2014 New Zealand general election. Media Studies Journal of Aoteraoa New Zealand (MEDIANZ), 15(2). doi:10.11157/medianz-vol15iss2id146

  • Lewthwaite, B., Owen, T., & Doiron, A. (2015). Curriculum change and self-governing agreements: A Yukon First Nation case study. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 17(3).

  • Lewthwaite, B., Owen, T., Doiron, A., Renaud, R., & McMillan, B. (2014). Culturally responsive teaching in Yukon First Nation settings: What does it look like and what is its influence?. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, (155).

  • Owen, T. (2014). The 'Access to Medincines' campaign vs. big pharma: Counter-hegemonic discourse change and the political economy of HIV/AIDS medicines. Critical Discourse Studies, 11(3). doi:10.1080/17405904.2014.915860

  • Lewthwaite, B., Doyle, T., & Owen, T. (2014). "Did something happen to you over the summer?": Tensions in intentions for chemistry education. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 15(2). doi:10.1039/c3rp00133d

  • Lewthwaite, B., Owen, T., Doiron, A., McMillan, B., & Renaud, R. (2013). Our stories about teaching and learning: A pedagogy of consequence for Yukon First Nation settings. Interchange, 44(1-2).

  • Owen, T. (2013). From “pirates” to “heroes”: News, discourse change, and the contested legitimacy of generic HIV/AIDS medicines. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 18(3). doi:10.1177/1940161213484523

  • Phelan, Sean., & Owen, T. (2010). The paradoxes of media globalization: On the banal world of New Zealand journalism. International Journal of Communication, 4.

  • Owen, T. (2009). HIV and AIDS medicine: Trade law, diplomatic pressure, and the future supply of generics. Just Change: Critical Thinking on Global Issues, 14(Feb-May).

  • Owen, T. (2009). R. Wodak and M. Krzyzanowski, Qualitative discourse analysis in the social sciences.. PRism Online PR Journal, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.prismjournal.org/index.php?id=vol6_1

Creative works

  • Owen, T. (2017). Our Stories: Self-Governing Education in the Tr'ondek Hwetch'in First Nation (No. Of Pieces: ) [Artefact]. Dawson City, Yukon, Canada: Tr'ondek Hwetch'in Government Education Department. Retrieved from https://www.pedagogyofconsequence.com/

Book chapters

  • Owen, T. (2016). Neocolonialism, nation-building and global journalism in Aotearoa news. In Johnson, E, Tiso, G, Illingworth, S, & Bennett, B (Eds.), Don’t dream it’s over: Reimaging journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 103-110). Christchurch, NZ: Freerange Press. Retrieved from http://www.projectfreerange.com/reimagining-the-media/

  • Owen, T. (2013). Drug wars: The battle for the commons in global pharmaceuticals. In J. Moss, & J. Cederwall (Eds.), Freerange. Vol. 7, The Commons (pp. 22-27). Aotearoa, New Zealand: Freerange Press.

Conference contributions

  • Owen, T. (2019). Privilege vs. Privilege: The Strategic Communication of “Privilege” as a Floating Signifier to Neutralize Accusations of Privilege. In Communication, Technology & Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths. Madrid: International Association for Media and Communication Research. Retrieved from https://iamcr.org/madrid2019

  • Owen, T. (2019). Discourses of Privilege Loss. In 8th Annual Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Education Conference. Honolulu, Hawai'i. Retrieved from https://huichawaii.org/

  • Owen, T. (2018). Contingent Realities and (Counter)Hegemonic Discourses: The Mediated Fluidity of “Free Trade” and Intellectual Property. In ANZCA Auckland Multiple Realities 2018 (pp. 78-79). Auckland.

  • Owen, T. (2017). Global meets local: The Panama Papers story in the New Zealand media. In European Conference on Media, Communication and Film. Brighton.

  • Lewthwaite, B. E., Owen, T., Doiron, A., & Bennett, M. (2017). Educational change and self-governing agreements: A Yukon First Nation case study. In American Educational Research Association 2017 Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas.

  • Owen, T. (2015). Patents, pirates, poverty, and an almost-president: Notes on a corpus-assisted discourse analysis. In New Zealand Discourse Conference. Auckland.

  • Owen, T. (2015). 20 years of HIV/AIDS medicines news coverage: What can we learn?. In International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference. Montreal, Quebec.

  • Lewthwaite, Brian., Owen, Thomas., Doiron, Ashley., & Olson, J. (2015). Educational change and self-governance in a Yukon First Nation community. In Presentations from the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (pp. 1-24). Chicago, IL.

  • Rupar, Verica., Owen, Thomas., & Baker, Sarah. (2014). News, politics and diversity in the 2014 New Zealand General Election. In New Zealand Political Studies Association. Auckland.

  • Lewthwaite, B. E., & Owen, T. (2013). How do political changes accelerate changes in classroom practices for indigenous students? A Yukon First Nation example. In Sustainable International Leadership in Indigenous Research. Cairns, Queensland.

  • Lewthwaite, B. E., Doyle, T., & Owen, T. (2013). “Did something happen to you over the summer?” Tensions in intentions for chemistry education.. In Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Wellington.

  • Owen, T., & Lewthwaite, B. E. (2013). Culturally responsive science teaching in indigenous settings: What does it look and think like and what is its influence?. In Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Wellington.

  • Lewthwaite, B. E., Karmel, J., McMillan, B., Owen, T., & Renaud, R. (2012). Culturally responsive teaching in Yukon First Nations settings: Teachers responding to community voice. In American Educational Research Association Conference. Vancouver.

  • Lewthwaite, B. E., McMillan, B., Renaud, R., & Owen, T. (2012). Our stories about teaching and learning: A Yukon First Nation shares its stories to assist educators in becoming responsive to the learning styles and aspirations of their community. In Manitoba Education Research Network Forum No. 27. Winnipeg.

  • Owen, T. (2011). ACT UP vs. Al Gore 1999: HIV/AIDS medicines access and the mediatisation of protest. In Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. Hamilton.

  • Owen, T. (2009). Patents, pills & protest: International press coverage of the ‘Access to Medicines’ campaign, 1997-2003. In New Zealand Postgraduate Conference. Wellington.

  • Owen, T. (2009). Representations of global governance in press coverage of the ‘Access to Medicines’ movement. In International Communication Association/University of Melbourne Conference. Melbourne.

  • Wood, A., Hainnu, R., Owen, T., & Lewthwaite, B. E. (2007). Science education in Inuit and Māori communities: Aspirations and perceived constraints and contributors for achieving aspirations. In National Association of Research in Science Teaching. New Orleans, LA.

  • Owen, T., Cuthbert, P., & Lewthwaite, B. E. (2007). “I want to enable teachers in their change”: Exploring the influence of a superintendent on science delivery. In National Association of Research in Science Teaching. New Orleans, LA.

Reports

Theses

  • Owen, T. (2012). Patents, pills, the press, and the poor: Discourse & hegemony in news coverage of the global “Access to Medicines” conflict, 1997-2003. (Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand).

Oral presentations

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