Cathy Greenfield coordinates the undergraduate major 'Politics, Economies & Communication'.She was long-term general editor of the journal Communication, Politics & Culture , from which the Research Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture developed.
Cathy is the author or co-author of a wide range of articles, most recently on media populism, financialisation and media, political economic literacy, and communication and sustainability. She co-edited How We Are Governed: Investigations of Communication, Media and Democracy (2014) and is currently collaborating on a book, Media & the Government of Populations, for Palgrave’s Studies in the History of the Media series.
Cathy's research interests are focused on the relations between media, politics and the government of populations. Current projects include:
- Delineating a populational and rhetorical approach to politics and communication
- Media populism and challenges and opportunities for democracy
- Communication and sustainability
- The culture and politics of blindness
- Media and sport in the formation of local and global urban imaginaries
More generally, she has research experience in theories of representation and ideology, theories of power, and genealogies of populism and democracy. Her early research dealt with psychoanalytic theories of subjectivity, concepts of agency and 'the person', and post-structuralism.
Cathy coordinates and teaches in the interdisciplinary Politics, Economies & Communication major in the School of Media & Communication. The major was developed from her research at the forefront of cultural economy, political analysis, and genealogies of communication. It focuses on the integral role played by communication technologies, actors, institutions, and rhetorics in the conduct of politics and economic life. The overarching theme of the major and of Cathy’s research is how populations of different kinds are governed and the formative role of media and communication technologies as part of this broad government.
Cathy is a Category 1 supervisor for research postgraduates.
She is a member of the Research Centre for Communication, Politics & Culture.
Cathy is an Advisory Board member of the journal Communication, Politics & Culture.
- BA Hons (1A) Griffith University, 1978
- MPhil Griffith University, 1984
- PhD University of Adelaide, 1991
- ANZCA member
- ARC Expert of International Standing
- Greenfield, C. (2016). Communicating sustainability in the city In: Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Greenfield, C. (2014). Building political economic literacy in an unexpected place: Some curriculum suggestions for communication students In: Journal of Cultural Economy, 7, 178 - 193
- Dearman, P.,Greenfield, C. (2014). Investigating communication, media and democracy In: How We Are Governed: Investigations of Communication, Media and Democracy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2014). Media, populism and democracy: The case of the resource super-profits tax in Australia In: How We Are Governed: Investigations of Communication, Media and Democracy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2013). From shadowy zone to daily routine: Finance culture in Australia In: Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 30-31, 103 - 122
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2011). 'Caring at a distance' : the ambiguity and negotiations of ethical investment In: Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, New York, United States
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2008). Communicating sustainability: The limits and possibilities of ecological campaigns in a federal election year In: Communication, Politics & Culture, 41, 142 - 166
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2007). Financialization, finance rationality and the role of media in Australia In: Media, Culture and Society, 29, 415 - 433
- Greenfield, C. (2007). Anti-Elitism and Shifting Realism: Putting Communication and Politics into Accounts of 'The People' In: Southern Review: Communication, Politics and Culture, 40, 74 - 99
- Greenfield, C.,Williams, P. (2007). Mediating a Budget: Economic Coverage, Financialisation and (Re)forming the Australian 'People' In: Australian Journal of Communication, 34, 59 - 76
- Financial market economists: the construction of national images and outcomes. Funded by: ARC Large Grant 2000 from (2000 to 2002)
12 PhD Completions and 3 Masters by Research Completions8 PhD Current Supervisions