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Christina Ballico

“Research was one of the things I heard about, but never seriously considered going into.”

“I made the commitment to do my Honours once I had finished studying my Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and Mass Communication at ECU. A background in music journalism and an audio documentary I made in my final year about the Perth music industry proved to be very influential to my research journey. My Honours examined the impact of government regulation on live music in Perth. When the inevitable conversation about the next step after Honours came up, I revisited the documentary for inspiration. My current PhD project comprises a retrospective study of the Perth music industry.

Academia may not have been the original plan for this stage of my career, but it’s been fantastic, with ECU offering a great research environment. The process of doing a PhD can get a bit lonely, but with a supportive supervisory team and an active research culture, I know I will always have somewhere to look for support. Not only have I learnt invaluable skills, but I’ve had the chance to speak at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, meeting some great people along the way. While I’m not sure where I’m headed post-PhD, it’s certainly the best career decision I’ve made.”

PhD student

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