The Department of Media and Communications (MECO) provides a vibrant, globally engaged research environment. Communication and Media Studies at the University of Sydney was ranked as above world standard in the 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research Assessments for Australia (ERA). The Department is home to major national, regional and international collaborative research projects, with a focus on digital media and digital cultures scholarship.

We have a deep investment in digital media transformations research, including the social, cultural, and political implications of internet, mobile and games media.

Extensive industry engagement underpins our journalism studies investigations into work futures, media professions and new forms of international, literary, magazine and participatory journalisms.

Our work on political communication, media activism and social movements addresses public interest concerns about media control and surveillance, media reform, food security and nutrition.

Our expertise in media political economy and policy guides a strong reform agenda on disability and media studies, public service media, media convergence and diversity measures.

We also have emerging research programs. Our work on communications, political ecology and the environment brings fresh thinking to the climate change debate, as well as to understanding the media’s place in ecological systems and resource management.

In health communication we are critically engaging with issues in health humanities, food systems and public health promotion.

More information about our research projects and achievements can be found on our staff research profiles and those of our Honorary Associates and Visiting Fellows. We welcome enquiries about postgraduate research and visiting research fellowships.