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Dr Anthony McCosker

Associate Professor, Media and Communication


Anthony McCosker is Associate Professor in Media and Communications in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, and Deputy Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute. His research addresses digital inclusion and participation, and the impacts and uses of social media and new communication technologies, particularly in relation to health and wellbeing. Current research also addresses the social issues related to automated visual technologies, and the need for community led approaches to data and analytics. He is author of the book Intensive Media: Aversive Affect and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and co-editor of the book Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture (Rowman & Littlefield Int, 2016). He has published a numerous Journal articles and book chapters. Anthony has previously developed and has been the Academic Director of Swinburne's innovative Social Media Major within the Bachelor of Media and Communication and Bachelor of Arts.

Current research projects concern the idea of "digital citizenship" and address the unevenness of experiences with digital society, including the experiences of marginalised and vulnerable people. Funded projects target digital and data literacies, social inclusion, humanitarian action and peer-support through innovative social interventions. Anthony is lead researcher for the three-year Impact Evaluation of Be Connected: A Digital Literacies for Older Australians program, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, Office for the eSafety Commissioner, and the Good Things Foundation. He also leads the digital literacies and participation project 60+ Online: Engaging Seniors through Social Media & Digital Stories, in partnership with Telstra, Boroondara Council and Knox Council. Other current research partners include beyondblue, Australian Red Cross, Family Planning New South Wales and ACON, Vic Department of Premier and Cabinet, DXC and Guide Dogs Victoria. 

Research interests

Digital citizenship; social media; New Media; Internet; Digital Health and Wellbeing; Participation and inclusion

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Communication And Media Studies - 200100

Teaching areas

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies;Digital Media, Film and Television;Social Media


Also published as: McCosker, Anthony; McCosker, A.; McCosker, Anthony C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Free from Violence *; Department of Health and Human Services Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Measuring social impact and attitudes towards gender and family violence project *; Department of Premier & Cabinet Victoria
  • 2018: Safety, risk and wellbeing on digital dating apps *; ACON HEALTH LIMITED
  • 2018: Social and Economic Inclusion Evaluation of a Peer Support Platform for People with low vision and blindness *; DXC Techonology Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Strategic Partnership - Research InstitutesSeed Grant 2017 *; Australian Red Cross
  • 2017: 60+ Online: Enhancing Social Inclusion through Digital Stories and Social Media Participation *; Boroondara City Council
  • 2017: Evaluation of Be Connected: a Digital Literacy for Older Australians Project -RFQ No. 70009747 *; Department of Social Services
  • 2017: Suicidal Thoughts & Self Harm Forum Analysis *; beyondblue

* Chief Investigator