Professor of Communication Studies
School of Communication Studies
Professor Wayne Hope’s research addresses two central themes: the economics and politics of media communication and our changing experiences of time. In the former context, he has examined media ownership concentration and its effect on content, broadcasting and communications policy, the growth of social media corporations, and media representations of economic issues.
Our hyper-mediated world of speed and our immediacy attests to a world of now-time without a sense of history or long-term future. In this regard, he has written about the liveness of global television, the spreading panic of the 2008 financial collapse and the pervasiveness of global corporate branding. All of these matters come together in the recently published book Time, Communication and Global Capitalism (London Palgrave, 2016).
His other research has been published across a range of academic journals including Media, Culture & Society, International Journal of Communication, and Time & Society. Professor Hope is a long-standing member of the International Association of Media Communication Research (IAMCR) and is a senior contributor to the political economy section. He is joint editor of an online IAMCR journal entitled Political Economy of Communication. At AUT, he is co-director of the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD) and comments regularly on media-related issues in the news media and for The Daily Blog.
Professor Hope’s teaching career began at Rutherford High School, Auckland, after completing his bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of Canterbury. From 1982 to 1991, he completed a master’s degree with first-class honours and a PhD in the Auckland University Political Studies Department. After noting how the then economic policies of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were sold through the news media, he analysed the same process within New Zealand, after the arrival of ‘Rogernomics’ in July 1984.
Appointed in 1993, Professor Hope developed the academic component of the Bachelor of Communication Studies and helped facilitate the transition from polytechnic to university. He has taught at all undergraduate levels, on postgraduate courses, and supervises postgraduate students. He is curriculum leader for the core sequence of Media Communication papers, involving over 800 undergraduate students per year.
His extracurricular interests are cricket, alt-country music, stand-up comedy, and debating current affairs.