Media and Communication

Performing PoliticsThis research area encompasses a broad range of theoretical aspects in the critical analysis of media and communicative texts, practices and industries. Researchers explore subject areas as diverse as health communication, media and the environment, community and not-for-profit communication, political communication, advocacy and activism, interpersonal communication, and trauma and crisis communication.


Our staff are currently exploring research in the following areas:

  • International news coverage of HIV/AIDS
  • Media, environment and lifestyle
  • Political interviews, debates and press conferences
  • Cultural industries, identity and religion
  • Media and public policy
  • Current affairs television programmes
  • Early New Zealand photography
  • Social Interaction in Institutional Settings
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Male partner violence in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Academic Staff

Sarah Baker

Alan Cocker

Geoffrey Craig

Christina Vogels

Bryn Evans

Angelique Nairn

Frances Nelson

Thomas Owen

David Robie