Kerry Mccallum


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Political Communication; Indigenous Media Studies; Public Communication; Media and Public Opinion


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Kerry McCallum is Director of the News & Media Research Centre. Her research in Political Communication specialises in the relationships between changing media and Australian social policy. Kerry has a strong record of grants management, publication and research translation. She is the co-author of 'The Dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia' (Intellect, 2017), and is currently lead investigator on the ARC-funded project 'Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission'. Kerry is actively involved in the field of Communication and Media Studies in Australia and internationally; she is former President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). As an experienced academic leader Kerry has implemented and administered complex change management processes at the faculty, university and national levels. From 2017-19 she was UC's Academic Director (Dean) of Graduate Reserach, and member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research. This trajectory is supported and grounded by nearly a decade of previous professional experience working in federal parliament in political and media advisory roles. 

Student Projects Available

Political Communication; Media and Social Policy; Communication of Inquiries; Indigenous Media Studies; Mediatisation; Political Participation; Media and Public Opinion

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, Local talk as a construction of public opinion about Indigenous Issues in Australia

… → 5 Dec 2005

Award Date: 5 Dec 2005

Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

… → 1988

External positions

Member, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


President, Australia and New Zealand Communications Association

1 Sept 201031 Aug 2011


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