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Kate Holland is a Senior Research Fellow with the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra.  Kate’s research sits at the intersection of media studies and public health. She has led and worked on several collaborative research projects examining news reporting and its impacts in relation to topics such as mental health, violence against women, obesity, alcohol and pregnancy, swine flu. Kate specialises in qualitative methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups, news framing, discourse and thematic analysis.

Kate has held grants awarded by the Australian Research Council and the NHMRC. She was the recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DE140100100 (2014-2017) for the project ‘Mediating Mental Health: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Media and Social Actors’. Between 2009-2012 she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with 'The Australian Health News Research Collaboration', a collaborative project between the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, funded by a NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in public health. She has also worked on grants and consultancies for the ACT City Renewal Authority, National Farmers Federation, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Communication and the Arts, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, ANROWS, Our Watch, Carers Australia and Emergency Media and Public Affairs.

Kate’s research has been published in journals such as Journalism Studies, Journalism, Critical Public Health, Social Semiotics, Health, Risk & Society, Journal of Sociology, Journal of Risk Research, Qualitative Health Research and Qualitative Inquiry. Kate has also published work on topics such as health humanities and research ethics.

Kate is actively involved in national an international communication and media studies organisations. She served as a co-chair of the Health Communication and Change working group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) between 2010-2016 and vice chair between 2016-2018. She has coordinated the Health stream of several conferences of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and was co-convenor of the conference in 2019.

Student Projects Available

Health news and journalism studies; media and public understandings of health issues; public health communication

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Conformity and Resistance: Discursive struggles in the Australian mental health field

Award Date: 29 Jul 2008

Bachelor, Communication

Award Date: 18 Dec 2002


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