Professor of Digital Communication
Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
He leads a number of major funded research projects on young people, health and wellbeing and digital and broadcast media. The author of around one hundred journal articles and chapters, he publishes widely on topics related to digital cultures in the context of social identities, young people, suicide prevention and resilience.
His recent books include: Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives? (Routledge 2012), Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculinity and Ethics (UWAP Scholarly 2015), Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self (Elsevier 2016) and Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Gender and Relationships in a Digital Era (Routledge, 2019), Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacies (with A Bartlett and K Clarke; Palgrave 2019), and Population, Mobility and Belonging: Understanding Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society (Routledge 2020). He is a co-editor of the anthology Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship (Routledge 2019).
- Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives?
- Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics
- Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self
- Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era
- Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacy (with A Bartlett and K Clarke)
- (New in 2020): Population, Mobility and Belonging
Current and recently-completed arc projects
- AusQueerScreen: Representation of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Australian Film and Television, 1990-2010 (ARC Discovery DP180103321)
- Queer Generations: Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth (ARC Discovery (ARC Discovery DP150101292)
- LGBTQ Migrations: Life Story Narratives in the South Australian GLAM Sector (ARC Linkage LP180100251)
- BA Hons (UWA), PhD (Monash)
- Communication strategist, Queensland Government (2006-2007)
- Freelance journalist (1990s)
- Southerton, C.,Marshall, D.,Aggleton, P.,Rasmussen, M.,Cover, R. (2021). Restricted modes: Social media, content classification and LGBTQ sexual citizenship In: New Media and Society, 23, 920 - 938
- Cover, R. (2021). Gender and Sexual Diversity and Suicide on Australian Screens: Culture, Representation, and Health Pedagogies In: Journal of Popular Culture, 54, 365 - 387
- Cover, R.,Dau, D. (2021). Placing the Queer Audience: Literature on Gender and Sexual Diversity in Film and Television and Reception In: MAI Feminism, 7, 1 - 21
- Cover, R. (2021). Identity in the disrupted time of COVID-19: Performativity, crisis, mobility and ethics In: Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 4, 1 - 8
- Thompson, J.,Cover, R. (2021). (In Press) Digital hostility, internet pile-ons and shaming: A case study In: Convergence, , 1 - 13
- Persson, A.,Newman, C.,Rasmussen, M.,Marshall, D.,Cover, R.,Aggleton, P. (2020). Queerying Notions of “Difference” among two Generations of Australians who do not Identify Heteronormatively In: Sexuality and Culture, 24, 54 - 71
- Cover, R.,Aggleton, P.,Clarke, K. (2020). Education and Affinity? Pedagogies of Sexual Citizenship in LGBTIQ Youth Support Videos In: Journal of Youth Studies, 23, 221 - 226
- Cover, R.,Aggleton, P.,Rasmussen, M.,Marshall, D. (2020). The Myth of LGBTQ Mobilities: Framing the Lives of Gender and Sexually-Diverse Australians between Regional and Urban Contexts In: Culture, Health & Sexuality, 22, 321 - 335
- Rasmussen, M.,Southerton, C.,Fela, G.,Marshall, D.,Cover, R.,Aggleton, P. (2020). Playing recognition politics: Queer theoretical reflections on lesbian, gay and queer youth social policy in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s In: Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 2341 - 2352
- Cover, R.,Rasmussen, M.,Newman, C.,Marshall, D.,Aggleton, P. (2020). Marriage Equality: Two Generations of Gender and Sexually Diverse Australians In: Australian Feminist Studies, 35, 37 - 53
- Evaluation of CALD Youth Content Campaign (OPP-68827). Funded by: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (Victoria Government) from (2021 to 2022)
- LGBTQ Migrations: Life Story Narratives in the South Australian GLAM Sector (Administered by University of Adelaide). Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grants 2018 from (2020 to 2023)
- LGTBQ Representation in Australian Film and TV: Culture, Pedagogy, Health. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2018 from (2018 to 2022)
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