The QUT Digital Media Research Centre is a global leader in digital humanities, and social science research, with a focus on communication, media, and the law. We address local, national, and global challenges at the forefront of digital transformation, and provide an ambitious, stimulating, and supportive research culture for our researchers, students, and partners.

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Mission and priorities

In our work as a centre, we aim to undertake high-quality research that generates deep understanding, as well as engaging in direct intervention and external advocacy.

Transforming media industries

We investigate how local and global media industries are adapting to profound changes in how content is made, distributed, consumed and regulated, and what this means for the sustainability of this sector.

Digital publics

Social media present both opportunities and threats to society. We use advanced methods to explore the dynamics of digital publics in Australia and the world, and to promote safe and constructive engagement in digital spaces.

Computational communication and culture

We draw on cutting-edge computer science and critical humanities approaches to understand the social impacts of automation, AI, and human-machine communication.

Governing digital societies

We examine new forms of legal intervention and governance to promote just and fair digital societies.

Digital inclusion and participation

Working in partnership with industry, government and community organisations, our research helps improve digital access, literacy and safety for all members of our diverse society.

Research training

The DMRC provides a stimulating and supportive research training environment, where research students from around Australia and the world work alongside senior researchers to address emerging challenges and help solve practical problems.

In addition to formal coursework in research methods, our research training activities include:

  • seminars, public lectures, and digital methods workshops
  • masterclasses with visiting scholars
  • exchanges and visiting fellowships
  • an annual summer school attracting PhD students from around the world.

Partnerships

The DMRC provides research services to a range of commercial, government and non-profit organisations.

We actively engage with industry and academic partners in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, and South America.

We assist our partners to understand emerging digital media technologies, to gain advanced insights through communication data analytics, and to help their communities engage with the social, cultural and economic challenges of digital participation.

The DMRC is a member of the global Network of Centers, a group of academic institutions that conduct interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications and legal issues surrounding the internet.

Our people

We address local, national and global challenges at the forefront of digital transformation, and provide an ambitious, stimulating and supportive research culture for our staff, students, and partners.

Our projects

Our projects are dedicated to creating a creative, inclusive and fair digital media environment.

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Research news

16 June

QUT research partnership to find out what Australians want at the movies

While Top Gun: Maverick has roared into Australian cinemas and grossed more than $13M AUD in its opening weekend, the recovery of cinemas from the COVID pandemic won’t be solved by Hollywood blockbusters alone say researchers from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC).

11 August 2021

$6.5 million awarded to QUT researchers in ARC Future Fellowship round

Investigating tax avoidance by multinational enterprises and finding opportunities to counter inequality online were among seven QUT-based projects awarded more than $6.5 million through the Australian Research Council (ARC) 2021 Future Fellowship Scheme.

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