Professor Renata Kokanovic’s research focuses on health, society and medicine in psychiatric, disability and chronic illnesses along with digital media in health communication.
narrative research in health and illness, phenomenology of illness, therapeutic cultures, digital media in health communication
Professor Kokanovic combines empirical research with interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological scholarship while collaborating with industry partners and health care users to facilitate greater understanding of lived experiences of health and illness.
She co-founded Healthtalk Australia, a unique online repository of health and illness narrative accounts designed to support people experiencing ill health, and inform health and social care delivery and policy. Healthtalk Australia is part of a large international collaboration initiated by Oxford University.
Professor Kokanovic completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her PhD, from Murdoch University, WA (in 2002), was a sociocultural analysis of Australian and Central European intellectual culture.
She was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in 2017. Kokanovic is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Research.