Dr Hazel Ferguson is the Program Manager of the Master of Communication in the School of Media and Communication.
Hazel teaches Communication Management: Theory and Practice in the Master of Communication and has previously taught across a wide range of fields including Communication, International Studies, Cultural Studies.
Hazel’s research and professional practice focuses on engagement between policy makers, communication practitioners, and citizens. She has worked as a Communication Adviser and Policy Adviser for the Australian Government and is currently involved in a number of projects including:
The policy-communication nexus
Governments have a responsibility to inform and engage the public around taxpayer funded policies, programs and services. With the emergence of digital technologies and greater emphasis on participatory governance, including community engagement and deliberative forms of policy-making, there is greater need than ever for policy and communication functions to work effectively with one another across government. This project investigates the changing nature of government communications practices in Australia.
An exploration of the use of Twitter as a peer mentoring platform, this project began with the founding of #ECRchat, an online community for early career academics, and progressed to research into its strengths and limitations. This research explores how early career academics are using online spaces to engage with questions of career sustainability, inclusiveness, and progression. The group is now run by the wonderful team at ecrchat.weebly.com.
The Landed Histories Project
The Landed Histories Project is a collaboration between researchers and food producers in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. It aims to explore diverse local responses to the changing economic, social, cultural and ecological dimensions of food production. The project provides an intensive examination of the development of farming practices and attendant transformations of local ecologies of defined blocks of land. Through these biographies of particular plots of land we are developing localised analyses of the wider historical trends in the political economy/ecology of the area.
Hazel is a member of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia and the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
See also: rmit.academia.edu/HazelFerguson
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canberra
Rationalising Mutual Obligation: income support discourses during the Howard years
This thesis used in-depth interviews with income support recipients and discourse analysis of government communication products to examine how income support recipients engaged with the Australian Government’s welfare reforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This work explored how policy changes were rationalised and how citizens engaged with these efforts, and made a case for more attention to the cultural dimensions of policy making.
Bachelor of Communication Honours, University of Canberra
Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Communication), University of Canberra
- Ferguson, H.,The Northern Rivers, L. (2016). More than something to hold the plants up: soil as a non-human ally in the struggle for food justice In: Local Environment, 21, 956 - 968
- Ferguson, H.,Wheat, K. (2015). Early career academic mentoring using Twitter: the case of #ECRchat In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 37, 3 - 13
- Ferguson, H.,Evans, M.,The Northern Rivers, L. (2013). Post-organic? The cultural dimensions of organic farming in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales In: Locale: The Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies, 3, 1 - 28
- Ferguson, H. (2013). What can the unemployed teach us about work? In: Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 27, 311 - 322