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Dr Jessica Balanzategui

Visiting Fellow
PhD (Screen and Cultural Studies), The University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), James Cook University, Australia


Jessica Balanzategui is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. She is the Founding Editor of Amsterdam University Press's book series, Horror and Gothic Media Cultures. Jessica's research examines entertainment cultures and aesthetics, with a particular focus on screen genres for and about children - particularly those that trouble expectations and definitions of "child appropriateness" - and horror and the Gothic. As part of these areas of speciality, her widely published research illuminates how genre, storytelling, and aesthetics operate in digital cultures (such as YouTube, subscription video on demand services, and online scary storytelling cultures), and in tandem, the impacts of technological, industrial, and cultural change on screen genres and their audiences, including child audiences.

Her book, The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (Amsterdam University Press, 2018) is available in full online via OAPEN after being selected via the "Knowledge Unlatched Select" open-access publishing scheme: 

Jessica's work has been published in a wide range of leading international journals including New Media and SocietyConvergence, The Journal of Visual Culture, Television and New Media, The Velvet Light Trap, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.

Jessica was awarded the 2020 Australian Film Institute Research Fellowship to examine how Australian children's television genres have changed in accordance with industrial, technological, and policy developments. She is also Chief Investigator on the large-scale industry-funded project, Australian Children's Television Cultures, funded by the Australian Children's Television Foundation. The four year project aims to better understand the multi-faceted cultural impact of Australian children's TV in the era of streaming video services and significant policy change. Jessica previously led other grant-supported interdisciplinary research projects including: one on the futures of cinema exhibition, with a particular focus on the rise of the immersive experience and entertainment destination, and another which examined how digital technologies are reshaping how children play, combining perspectives from media and children's development studies.

Jessica welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in cinema and screen, digital cultures, and childhood studies.

Research interests

Digital Media, Film and Television

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Screen And Digital Media - 360500
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies - 470102
  • Screen And Media Culture - 470214

Teaching areas

Digital Media, Film and Television


  • 2021, National, Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation, AAUT
  • 2021, Swinburne, Adobe Innovation Grant: Learning By Doing,Digital Paratexts, Adobe/ Swinburne Univeristy of Technology
  • 2020, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2020, Swinburne, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design Teaching Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2020, National, Australian Film Institute Research Collection Fellowship, Australian Film Institute
  • 2019, Swinburne, Outstanding Researcher Award (Early Career), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, International, Knowledge Unlatched Select Open Access Publishing Grant, KU Select/Amsterdam University Press
  • 2018, Swinburne, Dean's Award for Emerging Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology

Professional memberships

  • 2021 (current): Vice President, Screen Studies Association of Australiasia and New Zealand, Australia
  • 2019 (current): Editor, Amsterdam University Press (Horror and Gothic Media Cultures Series, Founding + Chief Editor), International
  • 2018 - 2021: Treasurer, Screen Studies Association of Australiasia and New Zealand, Australia
  • 2017 (current): Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, United States
  • 2019 (current): Member, Association of Internet Researchers, United States
  • 2019 (current): Member, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Netherlands
  • 2016 (current): Member, Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia, Australia


Also published as: Balanzategui, Jessica; Balanzategui, J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Tracking, Evidencing, and Maximising the Impact of the Australian Children Television Foundation’s Activities, 2021-2024 *; Australian Children’s Television Foundation funding
  • 2017: Film Genres in the Digital Age *; VILLAGE ONLINE INVESTMENTS PTY LTD

* Chief Investigator