Research projects

Research projects in the School of Media and Communication are multidisciplinary, blending critical theory and media-relevant practice.

Renowned scholars, early career researchers and research students collaborate on projects in our centres, labs and groups, combining expertise in media, communication and design games interaction.

Recent projects

Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre

The Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre accesses a pool of $210 million funding and aims to make Australian food systems and supply chains more efficient, data-driven, and globally competitive. The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre draws on $30 million Government funding, and $90 million industry cash/ in-kind funding. Within this CRC Karli will lead the Reduce Program aimed at dropping food waste at each stage of the life cycle; Linda will lead projects aimed at engaging and educating consumers about food waste reduction; and Simon will lead a multi-million flagship project with DIRECT (Dynamic Industry Resource Efficiency Calculation Tool), an efficiency tool RMIT co-developed, to a set benchmark and strategy framework for supply chain food waste reduction nationally.”

Key leaders: Prof. Linda BrennanAssociate Professor Karli Verghese, and Simon Lockrey.

The Symphony of Awkward

This project looks at the cultural phenomenon of the public diary reading and how it functions as a construction of subjectivity through address. Our research has already been the subject of a journal article Diarology for beginners: articulating playful practice through artless methodology as well as an opinion piece published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and online. The Symphony of Awkward is supported by non/fictionLab. More details on the project

Researcher NamesDr Peta MurrayDr Stayci Taylor, and Kim Munro.

Communicating Health: Optimising young adults’ engagement with health messages using social media

Communicating Health brings together academics from, social marketing, consumer psychology, and nutrition to create best practice guidelines for nutrition professions to help them communicate with young adults. This is a joint project of Monash University, RMIT University, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Council Victoria, Nutrition Australia, VicHealth, Prof Moria Dean, David Menzies & Janette Kendall Consulting.
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Chief Investigators: Prof Linda Brennan, Prof Mike Reid (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing)
A/Prof Catherine Lombard, A/ Prof Claire Palermo, Prof Helen Truby, Dr Megan Lim (from Monash Nutrition department

The Thinking Woman

This creative practice research contributes to the emerging genre of feminist popular philosophy and is a treatise on the relation between thinking and feeling. It contributes to a recent trend towards the blurring, if not dissolution of generic boundaries in literary non-fiction, collapsing the personal and the philosophical, the academic and popular, the didactic and the poetic. The project has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and engages with the work of some of the most interesting contemporary women thinkers internationally, connecting their philosophical concerns with everyday life and seeking to bring their work to a broader readership. The project has already produced several scholarly articles (listed below) and will be published by New South Publishing in 2019.
A Feminist Approach to Popular Philosophy: Classifying Recent Work by Sarah Bakewell, Laura Kipnis and Siri Hustvedt
Embodied subjectivity and the project of the contemporary literary essay
More details can be found here

Researcher NamesJulienne van Loon

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The Belonging Project

The Belonging Project is a four-year project investigating, designing and trialling an integrated program and school-based approach to enhancing the student experience at RMIT.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer