Prof. Zaharom Nain (University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus)
Prof. Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes. His background and research interests are sociology of communications and the political economy of the media. In 2012, he completed a 6-nation study titled Regimes, Civil Society and ICTs which he had led for 2 years, funded by Canada’s IDRC. Together with colleagues in the Education and Business schools, he also completed a 2012 study on Teenage Pregnancies and the Abandonment of Babies in Malaysia, funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. He has published more than 100 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. His latest book, published in 2013, is Rhetoric and Realities: Critical Reflections on Malaysian Politics, Culture and Education (SIRD). He also co-edited Communication and Development: The Freirean Connection (Hampton: 2001) and Who Owns The Media: Global Trends and Local Resistances (Zed/Southbound: 2004),
Prof. Brenda Cherednichenko (Deakin University)
Prof. Cherednichenko is Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Education at Deakin University, Australia. Prior joining Deakin University, she previously worked at Edith Cowan University (2007-2011) and Victoria University (2003-2006). Her research mainly focuses on educational equity and community-university partnerships. She has lead research and development partnership with communities and schools in Victoria and Western Australia, often with Indigeneous Australian leaders and communities to enhance educational and social experience for young people. She has co-authored many articles and has been a member of editorial committees for a number of international journals.
Dr. Jane Johnston (Queensland University)
Dr. Johnston was Associate Professor – Public Relations at Faculty of Society and Design of Bond University. She has just moved to School of Communication and Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science in University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Johnston’s teaching expertise are Public Relations and Journalism. She began her investigations into the relationship between the courts and the media in the early 1990s and has continued to research and publish in that field, with topics ranging from the televising of courts, how courts are ‘translated’ into news and restrictions on media reporting and the implications for democracy. In public relations, following the publication of her two books Public Relations: Theory and Practice (2000, 2004 and 2009) and Media Relations: Issues and Strategies (2007, forthcoming 2011), she developed a keen interest into how public relations is depicted in popular culture, focussing on film and television. Jane is on the editorial review board for three journals: Public Relations Review, Prism and Australian Journalism Monographs and regularly reviews scholarly articles and conference papers for Australian and international journals and conferences.
Dr. Thor Kerr, Curtin University
Dr. Kerr is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University. His research focuses on media and public representation in negotiations of urban space. His research is directed at furthering understandings of green built environments, ecological threats, urban planning politics, heritage production, criminalization and native title.
From 1999 to 2010, Dr. Kerr managed a group of companies providing research and media services to the building and construction industry in Southeast Asia. As Managing Director of BCI Asia’s Singapore-based holding company, he was involved in planning, costing, designing, supervising and delivering research subscription services, publications and consultancy projects for thousands of client corporations and institutions. Prior to this role, he worked as a researcher, journalist and editor in Melbourne, Jakarta and The Hague.