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The department fosters a strong research culture, conducting a depth and range of world class research in a vibrant international centre of learning.

Topic keywords

Link through to profiles and exemplary publications of staff, postgraduate research students and alumni whose research expertise relates to particular topics and themes.

This page is under development. Watch this space!

  • Michael Bourke – Cultural and media analysis of issues, events, and cultural groups; Public policy rhetoric and narratives; framing analysis.
  • Vijay Devadas – critical theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies; Indian and Asian media/cinema.
  • Kevin Fisher – Film and Media, Phenomenology and Critical Theory, Science Fiction, Documentary.
  • Catherine Fowler – Intermedia; The film/art axis of influence; Women filmmakers; European and experimental cinemas.
  • Brett Nicholls – Media and Communication, Critical Theory, Contemporary Marxism, Postcolonialism.
  • Rosemary Overell – cultural and media studies; music and popular culture; gender, Asian studies.
  • Erika Pearson – Digital content and copyright issues, new and transmedia issues, augmented reality, and mobile device usage.
  • Paul Ramaeker – Film history, contemporary cinema, film and television form and aesthetics, genre and authorship in film and television.
  • Holly Randell-Moon – Critical and cultural theory, critical race and whiteness studies, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and communication, media, religion and politics.
  • Hugh Slotten – History of Science and Technology, Media History and History of Communications.Davinia Thornley – Audience/Reception studies and methodology; Cultural studies; Indigenous media; National media; Aotearoa/New Zealand cinema.

New to Research?  'What is research' page under development!
300-level papers related to each research topic and theme.
Optional Pathways Guide is an informal guide to help you choose your undergraduate course of study.

Working Paper Series

Published in house, these working papers and white papers are by staff, visitors and associates of the Department.

MA and PhD Theses

Current Theses

  • Research student name, title of thesis, link to profile

Previous Theses

  • Research alumni name, title of thesis, link to profile


Potential research students in Media, Film and Communication have the opportunity to apply for a range of scholarships and prizes, administered by the University of Otago.

Doctoral and Scholarships Office maintains information on scholaships available for students to study at Otago, and for Otago students to study at other institutions around the world.