Our vision

The Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the social, cultural and economic transformations associated with digital media technologies.

Aims and objectives

Digital media have become a near-ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. They are associated with widespread cultural and social change ranging from personal interactions through to industry and political debate, provoking both opportunity and anxiety.

New technological developments like big data, locative media and wearable technologies challenge social science and humanities researchers to develop new approaches and methods, and to train upcoming researchers in how to apply them. We are responding to these challenges with an ambitious and multidisciplinary research agenda.

The centre draws on QUT's research strengths in media, communication, cultural and journalism studies, as well as law, economics and education across a number of problem-focused research programs.

We aim to:

  • conduct transformative research in digital media, communication and cultural studies, generating significant new findings and world-leading methodological innovation
  • collaborate across QUT, and with a range of government, community, and industry partners to undertake applied research that helps to solve significant, complex problems for our culture, society and economy
  • provide a vibrant, supportive and innovative research training environment for our research students, partners and clients.

Who are we?

The DMRC is based in the Creative Industries Faculty, with collaborators in the law, science and engineering, education, and business faculties.

The centre is directed by Professor Jean Burgess. It involves a core group of chief investigators, a broader community of centre members and associated researchers, and a vibrant and high achieving community of research students.

The centre is guided in its mission by an international advisory board.