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Dr Michael Bourk

Michael Bourk_186

MA, PhD (Canberra)
Lecturer

 

Contact


Office: Richardson 6C13
Tel: 64 3 4795751
Email: michael.bourk@otago.ac.nz
 

Research Interest

Narrative and frame analysis
Critical and cultural theory

Before coming to Otago, Michael studied and later taught at the University of Canberra where he received his BA, MA and PhD. in Communication. He has a primary research interest in institutional narratives and frames, with particular interest in those associated with policies, strategies and media technologies that may impact active participation in society.
He is also interested in the symmetrical aspects of mediated communication and how various audiences or interpretive communities construct meaning from a wide variety of media texts and personal experiences.
His Masters argued both charity and rights narratives have been used to frame access to telecommunication services for people with disabilities in Australia. Subsequently, his PhD. used a similar critical cultural approach to unpack the complexity surrounding policies that attempt to balance political, social and commercial priorities in Australian telecommunication development. Later he used the same method to analyse media and social frames of the 2004 South Asian tsunamis.
More recent research projects involve collaboration with other researchers within the University of Otago and overseas. In 2012, he joined a research team from the Centre for Science Communication to analyse New Zealand broadcast media frames of climate change. In addition, he and colleagues from the University of Canberra began analyzing the state online responses to the Christchurch earthquakes. Most recently, in a 2014 research project led by Professor Kerry Shephard from HEDC, Michael is incorporating frame and circuit of culture analyses to explore how university staff construct and represent the graduate attribute, ‘global perspective’.
 

Supervisions

Current Supervisions:

Susan Wardell (PhD)

Recent Completions:

David Paterno (PhD)

Shah Nister Kabir (2013) PhD

Paul Andrew McMillan (2013) MA
 

Papers In 2015

MFCO205: Communication Research Methods

MFCO321: Strategic Communication

MFCO431: Advanced Environmental Communication
 

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Publications

Bourk, M. (2014). Guía de viaje para (nuevos) periodistas que cubren el cambio climático ['Travel guide’ for new journalists covering climate change]. In B. León (Ed.), Periodismo, medios de comunicación y cambio climático. (pp. 59-70). Salamanca, Spain: Comunicación Social.

Bourk, M., & Holland, K. (2014). From silos to flows: Spatial metaphor and communication responses to the Christchurch earthquakes. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 29(2), 33-39.

Bourk, M., Davis, L., Rock, J., & León, B. (2014). Mediating the science: The symbolic and structural influences on communicating climate change through New Zealand’s television news. In B. León (Ed.), Communicating Climate Change: From Global Agenda to Media Representation: Proceedings of the 28th CICOM International Conference on Communication. (pp. 232-251). Salamanca, Spain: Communicación Social. [Full Paper]

Kabir, S. N., & Bourk, M. (2012). Representing Islam and Muslims in New Zealand newspapers. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 32(3), 324-338. doi: 10.1080/13602004.2012.727293

Bourk, M. (2012). Engaging end-users in telecommunication as complementary assets: Creating more spaces at the policy table. Policy Quarterly, 7(1), 59-64.

Other Research Output

Bourk, M. (July, 2008). Multiple narratives of Australian telecommunications policy. University of Otago, Department of Media, Film and Communication Research Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

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Authored Book - Research

Bourk, M. J. (2001). Universal service?: Telecommunications policy and people with disabilities. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library, 240p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Bourk, M. (2014). Guía de viaje para (nuevos) periodistas que cubren el cambio climático ['Travel guide’ for new journalists covering climate change]. In B. León (Ed.), Periodismo, medios de comunicación y cambio climático. (pp. 59-70). Salamanca, Spain: Comunicación Social.

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Journal - Research Article

Bourk, M., & Holland, K. (2014). From silos to flows: Spatial metaphor and communication responses to the Christchurch earthquakes. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 29(2), 33-39.

Kabir, S. N., & Bourk, M. (2012). Representing Islam and Muslims in New Zealand newspapers. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 32(3), 324-338. doi: 10.1080/13602004.2012.727293

Bourk, M. (2012). Engaging end-users in telecommunication as complementary assets: Creating more spaces at the policy table. Policy Quarterly, 7(1), 59-64.

Bourk, M. (2011). 'A Makara-like wave came crashing': Sri Lankan narratives of the Boxing Day tsunami. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, (141), 49-57.

Bourk, M. (2010). Framing Australian telecommunication policy: A case study of the 1996 'Review of Standard Telephone Service'. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, 135, 45-55.

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Journal - Research Other

Bourk, M. (2012). [Review of the book Media mergers and the defence of pluralism]. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, (143), 175-176. [Book Review].

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Bourk, M., Davis, L., Rock, J., & León, B. (2014). Mediating the science: The symbolic and structural influences on communicating climate change through New Zealand’s television news. In B. León (Ed.), Communicating Climate Change: From Global Agenda to Media Representation: Proceedings of the 28th CICOM International Conference on Communication. (pp. 232-251). Salamanca, Spain: Communicación Social. [Full Paper]

Bourk, M. (2011). Tsunamis across Sri Lanka: Narratives of crisis when nature 'strikes'. In A. Henderson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference: Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries and Identities. Retrieved from http://www.anzca.net/conferences/anzca-11.html

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Bourk, M., & Gutsche, Jr, R. E. (2013). News-masking: A theoretical perspective on the rituals and artifacts of news during crisis. Proceedings of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference: Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders. Retrieved from http://www.iamcr2013dublin.org/content/news-masking-theoretical-perspective-rituals-and-artifacts-news-during-crisis

Bourk, M. (2009). Universal service provisions in Australasia. Proceedings of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Conference: Collaborating for Change: Strategies, Opportunities & Partnerships. [CD-ROM] [Abstract]

Bourk, M. (2008). Framing essential services: Narratives of Australian telecommunication policy development. Proceedings of the Narrative Matters Conference. Retrieved from http://www.narrativematters.com/conference.html

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Bourk, M. (2009, September). Consumer-citizens?: Lessons from Australasia. Poster session presented at the 7th Annual Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Forum, Nadi, Fiji.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Davis, L. S., Bourk, M., Rock, J., Wardell, S., & Leon, B. (2013, January). Does the messenger kill the message: How climate change and scientists come across on television news. Verbal presentation at the VII Southern Connection Congress: Southern Lands and Southern Oceans: Life on the Edge? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bourk, M. (2012, July). Engaging citizens in climate change advocate initiatives: A case study of political activism in Iowa City. Verbal presentation at the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century, Adelaide, Australia.

Bourk, M. (2012, March). Engaging end-users in telecommunication as complementary assets: Creating more spaces at the policy table. Verbal presentation at the XXVII International Communication Conference, Pamplona, Spain.

Bourk, M. (2012, June). Of Gods and monsters: Sri Lankan narratives of the Boxing Day Tsunami. Verbal presentation at the Death Down Under Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Leonard, K., Bell, R., Kim, J., Bourk, M., & Chin, B. M. (2009, September). Financing broadband and ICT infrastructure [Panel discussion]. Verbal presentation at the 7th Annual Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Forum, Nadi, Fiji.

Bourk, M. (2008, February). Tsunamis across Sri Lanka: Narratives of crisis and reconstruction. Verbal presentation at the NarrativEncounters Conference, Cork, Ireland.

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