Associate Professor Brett Hutchins is Co-Director of the Research Unit in Media Studies, and Deputy Head of School (Budget and Planning) in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.
Research and Publications
Brett undertakes research, postgraduate supervision, and media commentary in the following areas:
- Sports media and culture
- Mobile media
- Online and digital media
- Environmental media
- Media Studies
His major publications include the following:
- Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media & the Rise of Networked Media Sport (co-authored with David Rowe and published by Routledge in New York, 2012).
- Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power & Culture in the Network Society (co-edited with David Rowe and set to be published by Routledge in New York in July 2013).
- Environmental Conflict & the Media (co-edited with Libby Lester and set to be published by Peter Lang in New York in 2013. This collection was commissioned as part of the ‘Global Crises and the Media’ series of books).
- Sociology, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions (Pearson Education). Brett is responsible for the materials on media and popular culture presented in this market-leading sociology textbook, which is written by a team of authors led by Robert Van Krieken.
- Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2002; softback edition, 2005).
- His many refereed articles have appeared in leading international media studies journals, including Media, Culture & Society, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, New Media & Society, Television & New Media, Information, Communication & Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journal of Sport and Social Issues. (Details of these articles are available through the CV contained in the ‘Biography’ tab at the top of the page).
He also sits on the editorial board of two international journals, Communication & Sport (Sage), and Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature & Culture (Taylor & Francis).
Brett enjoys supervising PhD and Masters research projects, having worked with students from the Philippines, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. These projects examine a range of topics, including mobile communications, social networking, blogging, e-government, online journalism, the radio industry, branding, video gaming, and diapsoric media communities.
Brett is also an active media commentator. As well as writing opinion pieces for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation, he receives regular invitations from national and international news outlets to be interviewed about sport, digital technologies, and the media. These outlets have included the BBC World Service, The Huffington Post in the US, The Daily Telegraph in London, The New Straits Times in Malaysia, News Hour on the “Australian Network” of ABC International, ABC Television News, ABC Radio’s “PM with Mark Colvin”, Radio National’s “Australia Talks” and “Life Matters”, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, and Crikey.
Media and Public Comment
Environmental Protest and Digital Tree-Sitting
The Conversation. Brett Hutchins and Libby Lester discuss how the long, slow march of environmentalism is now closely linked to the quickstep of networked digital communications, media and infrastructure. Read more…
The Digital Olympics
The Sydney Morning Herald. Brett Hutchins on the business of the 2012 Olympics in a world of multiplying digital screens. Read more…
Mobile Media, Football, and the Optus TV Now Case
The Conversation. Brett Hutchins outlines the affinity between sport and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Read more…
The Reporting of Sports News in the Digital Age
The Age. David Rowe and Brett Hutchins on news, sport events and journalist access in an age of media convergence. Read more…
For a Sporting Nation We Are Not Very Sporting
Intelligence Squared Public Debate. Is Australia a sporting nation? Brett Hutchins joins Tracey Holmes, Adam Gilchrist, Gideon Haigh, Peter Fitzsimons and Adam Spencer to discuss this question at the Sydney Recital Hall. Watch it here…
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