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Associate Professor 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

  • Identity and attitude construction
  • Use of digital media for social change.
  • Activist use of digital platforms
  • Identity construction in the media


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, 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,  $252,197.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., (2017), Activism and Digital Culture in Australia. Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies, 192, London, UK, Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Rodan, D., Ellis, K., Lebeck, P., (2014), Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications., 168, Surrey, England, Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Journal Articles

  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2017), Mediation for affect: coming to care about factory-farmed animals. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 165(1), 37-50, London, United Kingdom, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1329878X17726454.
  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., (2016), Doing animal welfare activism everyday: questions of identity. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 30(4), 381-396, London UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2016.1141868.
  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., Nolton, M., (2016), Making Change: Digital Activism and Public Pressure Regarding Livestock Welfare. Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy, 6(6), 15p., Curtin University.
  • 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, Queensland University of Technology.
  • 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, The University of Queensland.
  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2013), The role of blogging in public deliberation and democracy. Discourse, Context and Media, 2(1), 22-39, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.dcm.2012.12.003.

Conference Publications

  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., Henkel, C., (2017), The charity model is broken: Crowdfunding as a way to democratise, diversify and grow funding for social change?. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2017 - Communication Worlds: Access, Voice, Diversity, Engagement, 16p., Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • Mhanna, M., Rodan, D., (2016), Power and Silence: Australian Media Portrayal of Israeli and Palestinian Casualties during the Gaza War of 2014. The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2015 Official Conference Proceedings, 181-195, Kobe, Japan, The International Academic Forum.
  • 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, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • 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, ANZCA.
  • 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, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

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 Communication,  Australia, March 2003: The Print Media, Democracy And The Decision To Invade Iraq.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Caught In The Frame: A Critical Analysis Of Australian Media Representations Of The Israeli-palestinian Conflict 2014-2015

Associate Supervisor

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