The DMRC is a leader in media and communication research, receiving the highest possible national rankings.

Our programs investigate the digital transformation of media industries, the challenges of digital inclusion and governance, the growing role of AI and automation in the information environment, and the role of social media in public communication.

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.

The digital social contract

We combine law, media and policy expertise to imagine and enact more just and fair models of governance and regulation for information and communication.

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 stimluating and supportive research training environment, where Higher Degree by Research (HDR) 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.


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.

Research news

21 October

Seeing no longer believing: the manipulation of online images

A peace sign from Martin Luther King, Jr, becomes a rude gesture; President Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd scenes inflated; dolphins in Venice’s Grand Canal; and crocodiles on the streets of flooded Townsville – all manipulated images posted as truth.

15 October

Labor leads social media charge for QLD election

Social media has forever changed political campaigns, with stump speeches and doorknocking increasingly complemented by bite-sized tweets, but one political party is ahead of the others as the Queensland election approaches.

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