Research centres and groups

The School of Media and Communication is home to a vibrant and interdisciplinary research community, which actively engages with real world issues in creative and innovative ways.

Researchers in the School of Media and Communication are supported by numerous centres and groups. In addition to providing a lively and supportive intellectual home for researchers, these centres and groups also play a key role in facilitating connections between the School’s researchers and external stakeholders. Our key research centres and groups include: 

The Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out. Researchers at DERC are renowned for being incisive, interventional and internationally leading. Going beyond the call of pure academia they combine academic scholarship with applied practice to produce research, analysis and dissemination projects that are innovative and based on ethnographic insights.

The non/fictionLab is a research centre for scholars, writers and creative practitioners, which experiments with contemporary realities through story, dialogue, poetics and partnerships. It fosters collaborative research projects in partnership with local and international scholars and artists, and with industries and communities. The non/fictionLab hosts events, projects, programs and public presentations that feature a diverse range of local and international writers, artists and academics.

Sound and Screen graphic FA

Screen and Sound Cultures is a collaborative research group for scholars and creative practitioners working across the fields of screen studies, popular music, filmmaking, media history, curatorial practice, sound design, online media and a range of other interconnected fields. It foregrounds and fosters cross-disciplinary research, local and international collaborations, industry and community links, and the nexus between teaching and research.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is a new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making. The ADM+S Centre is hosted at RMIT University with nodes located at eight other Australian universities, and partners around the world. It brings together universities, industry, government and the community to support the development of responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making.

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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

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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.