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Adjunct Professor Folker Hanusch
Adjunct Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
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International Communication Association Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Journalism Education Association of Australia Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Folker Hanusch is Professor of Journalism at the University of Vienna, and an adjunct professor in Journalism, Media and Communication at QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. Prior to joining the University of Vienna in August 2016, he was a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Associate Professor at QUT.

At QUT, he was also a chief investigator in QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), where he co-led Programme 1 on Journalism, Public Communication and Democracy. Previously, he was journalism program leader at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has also held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland. Folker’s research focuses on journalism culture, comparative communication research, Indigenous journalism, lifestyle and travel journalism, as well as news media and suffering. He is the author of Representing Death in the News: Journalism, Media and Mortality (Palgrave, 2010); co-author of Journalism Across Cultures: An Introduction (with Levi Obijiofor, Palgrave, 2011); editor of Lifestyle Journalism (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of Travel Journalism: Exploring Production, Impact and Culture (with Elfriede Fürsich, Palgrave, 2014). He is currently working, with Sue Abel (University of Auckland), on an edited book project about Indigenous journalism, to be published by Peter Lang in 2017. In 2016, he was also appointed as editor-in-chief (with Tim Vos, University of Missouri) of The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell.

His work has been published in a wide range of national and international journals, such as Media, Culture & Society; European Journal of Communication; International Communication Gazette; Journalism: Theory, Practice; Criticism; Journalism Studies; Journalism Practice; International Journal of Communication; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Media International Australia and Australian Journalism Review. Folker is heavily involved in cross-national collaborative research projects. He serves as Oceania representative on the Executive Committee of the Worlds of Journalism Study, which studies journalism culture in more than 80 countries. He also co-leads (with Claudia Mellado) the 30-country study Journalism Students Across the Globe. As part of his appointment as Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at QUT, Folker investigated the influence of digital technologies on Australian journalism culture.

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