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Professor Kath Albury

Professor of Media and Communication


Kath’s current research projects focus on young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning. She is especially interested in exploring new approaches to workforce training and professional development for health promotion and sexuality education professionals who wish to develop a deeper engagement with digital media practices (including sexting, selfies and hook-up app cultures).

Since 2001, Kath has been a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants. She was a Lead Investigator on an ARC Centre of Excellence grant, and two ARC Linkage collaborations with ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and Family Planning NSW. She has also successfully coordinated a commissioned research collaboration with the NSW Health Department’s STI Programs Unit, and undertaken a Researcher in Business placement funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Her current Linkage project (with Anthony McCosker (Swinburne) and Kane Race (University of Sydney) investigates young people's perceptions of safety and risk on digital dating and hook-up apps.

Research interests

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies; Cultural Studies and Literature; 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

  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies - 200102
  • Consumption And Everyday Life - 200203


Also published as: Albury, Kath; Albury, K.; Albury, Katherine
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: 2018 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Dr Crystal Abidin *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children: an exploration of how the use of technology could catalyse system transformation *; FamilyLife_FL
  • 2018: Safety, risk and wellbeing on digital dating apps *; ACON HEALTH LIMITED

* Chief Investigator

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