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Associate Professor Liam Burke

Associate Professor


A/Prof Liam Burke is the Cinema and Media Studies Discipline Leader at Swinburne University of Technology and a Chief Investigator at the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. He also created and continue to lead the Media and Communication department’s highest performing course, Cinema and Screen Studies. Dr Burke has written and edited four books, and published more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has also secured $531,050 (€337,945) in research funding from organisations such as the Australian Research Council, Irish Research Council, Embassy of Ireland (Australia), and Village Digital. His research interests include, Adaptation, New Media and Migration, Transmedia Storytelling, Comics and Manga, Animation, and Transnational Screen Traffic. Dr Burke has presented at more than 35 academic conferences including SCMS, Screen, and Adaptation Studies, and organised four international conferences. He is also the associate editor of the Oxford UP journal Adaptation. Dr Burke’s eligible non-traditional research outcomes include a high-profile museum exhibition, Virtual Reality (VR) experience, and documentary short films. Prior to entering academia, he worked for a number of arts organisations including the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA).            

Research interests

Cinema; Comic Books; Television; Adaptation; Superheroes; Westerns; John Ford; Hollywood Cinema; Irish Culture; Animation; Popular Culture and Fans; Digital Culture

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

  • Screen And Digital Media - 360500


  • 2015, Swinburne, Dean's Award for Emerging Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design’s Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment , Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Burke, Liam; Burke, L.; Burke, William; Burke, W.
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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

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