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Associate Professor Debbie Rodan

Honorary Assosciate Professor

Staff Member Details

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • Appointed as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council

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.

Book Chapters

  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2019), Digitising kids with chooks to supercharge one online activism campaign. Digitising Early Childhood, 319-336, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2019), The Multiple Modes of Protesting Live Exports in Australia. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 7(1), 49-65, DOI: 10.3167/cont.2019.070105.
  • Mhanna, M., Rodan, D., (2019), Ungrievable lives: Australian print media portrayals of Palestinian casualties during the Gaza War of 2014. Australian Journalism Review, 41(1), 117-130, DOI:
  • Rodan, D., Mummery, J., (2019), Animals Australia and the Challenges of Vegan Stereotyping. M/C Journal, 22(2), 1-4.
  • Mummery, J., Rodan, D., (2019), Becoming activist: the mediation of consumers in Animals Australia’s Make it Possible campaign. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 172(1), 48-60, DOI: 10.1177/1329878X19853077.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.

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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Communication,  Australia, march 2003: The print media, democracy and the decision to invade iraq.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The identity of the heart patient in the context of gift economy: Heartnet and media framing.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Caught in the frame: A critical analysis of Australian media representations of the israeli-palestinian conflict 2014–2015
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Forging a new consensus: Numsa and anc hegemony in flux in South Africa
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The rise of regionalisation in the asian television industry: A case study of trendy drama 2000-2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Muslim women in Australia and the netherlands: A multimodal enquiry into television documentary representations

Associate Supervisor

  • 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.
  • Master of Communications by Research,  The Australian football league and the closet
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