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Dr Debbie Rodan

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6415, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.224
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6415
Facsimile: +61 8 9370 6668
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.224  


Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • Appointed as an Assessor for the Australian Research Counci

Research Areas and Interests

  • Political blogging
  • Popular media identifications
  • Online identity
  • Media Activist Forums


  • PhD, Murdoch University, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2007 - 2012,  $278,768.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Rodan, D., Ellis, K., Lebeck, P., (2014), Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications. The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture, 168, Surrey, England.

Book Chapters

  • Rodan, D., Uridge, L., Green, L., (2012), Negotiating a new identity online and off-line: The HeartNET experience. New Media and Intercultural Communication: Identity, Community and Politics, 13(19), 139-154, New York.

Journal Articles

  • Rodan, D., (2015), Bringing Sexy Back: To What Extent Do Online Television Audiences Contest Fat-Shaming?. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 18(3), 1-14, Brisbane, QLD.
  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., (2014), The 'Make It Possible' Multimedia campaign: Generating a New 'Everyday' in Animal Welfare. Media International Australia, 153(2014), 78-87, Queensland.
  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2013), The role of blogging in public deliberation and democracy. Discourse Context & Media, 2(1), 22-39, DOI:

Conference Publications

  • Uridge, L., Green, L., Rodan, D., Cullen, T., (2014), A vulnerable community of heart patients re/constructs media stories about cardiovascular disease. Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014, 1.
  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., (2014), Platforms and Activism: Sharing 'My Make it Possible Story' Narratives. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, 1-22.
  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., Ironside, K., Nolton, M., (2014), Mediating Legal Reform: Animal Law, Livestock Welfare and Public Pressure. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, 1-16.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Rise Of Regionalisation In The Asian Television Industry: A Case Study Of Trendy Drama 2000-2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Identity Of The Heart Patient In The Context Of Gift Economy: Heartnet And Media Framing.
  • Master of Communications,  Australia, March 2003: The Print Media, Democracy And The Decision To Invade Iraq.

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Communications by Research,  The Australian Football League And The Closet
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women's Magazine Editors: Our Story Tellers And Their Cultural Roles.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Participation In Isolation: Female Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers In Hong Kong And Media Activism
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