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Associate Professor Peta Mitchell
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication,
Digital Media Research Centre
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Human Geography
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

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locative/mobile media, digital geographies, network/contagion theory, digital methods, digital media, social media

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


Peta Mitchell is a Chief Investigator, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and Research Training Coordinator in QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC). Her research focuses on digital geographies, location awareness and mobile media, algorithmic culture, and network contagion. Peta is author of Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity (Routledge, 2008) and Contagious Metaphor (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and co-author of Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives (Indiana UP, 2016). She is also co-founder of the Cultural Atlas of Australia, an ARC-funded digital mapping project that explores Australian locations as they are represented in and through films, novels, and plays. Peta’s current and past funded research projects include

She is also on the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series, including

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Awards and recognition

Reference year
Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship, Queensland University of Technology (2014-2018)
Reference year
Faculty research fellowship, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
Visiting fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Digital Media, Location Awareness, and the Politics of Geodata
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • I am interested and have expertise in supervising projects related to

    • locative/mobile/geosocial media
    • digital geographies and geovisualisation
    • media geography
    • digital ethics
    • digital diversity
    • digital diaspora
    • network/contagion theory,

Current supervisions

  • Privacy Interpretations and Shifting Meanings: A Critical Investigation of Everyday Australian Smartphone Geodata Practices Among Different Groups
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch
  • A controversy analysis of Tesla's (big) battery in Australia
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Jean Burgess, Dr Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez
  • The Dynamics of Discursive Struggle in the Australian Twittersphere
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Axel Bruns, Dr Brenda Moon
  • Dating apps and cultural contexts - investigating how Australia-based Chinese users present themselves on Tinder and Tantan
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Elija Cassidy
  • Constructing the 'everyday foodie': Contemporary consumption and identity
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Stephen Harrington, Dr Jason Sternberg
  • Faces of Death and Injustice: Visual Social Media and Emotion in Activist Political Discourse and Popular Social Movements
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Jean Burgess, Dr Tim Highfield, Dr T.J. Thomson
  • Hijra Community-Based Organizations' Use of Social Media in India: Understanding Community Building and Representation Through Facebook
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Elija Cassidy
  • Network centric emergency management: options for filling a strategic void in interoperability thinking
    Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Melissa Haswell, Dr Paul Barnes
  • Rohingya Identity: Understanding Ethnic Media, Conflict and 'Connected Refugees' in Digital Age
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)