Media Political Economy and Policy

We study how new media industries arise from particular political economic contexts, how these shape new business models, changing modes of production, consumption and distribution, and what consequences they have for citizens and consumers. MECO researchers’ expertise traverses mobile media, telecommunications and Internet policy; media convergence; ownership and control of the media industries; and digital media regulation and policy, including access, pluralism and diversity measures. We have special interests in new modes of democratic participation in work on disability and media; public service media; digital media privacy, surveillance and citizenship policies; and the intersection of media ethics, law and policy.

Current collaborative research includes Disability and Digital Technology: Accessible Design, Global Media Policy, and Human Rights, Professor Gerard Goggin’s ARC Future Fellowship project, and Sharing News Online (LP140100148), an ARC Linkage project investigating the nature of social sharing of news online, with Share Wars and Ninemsn. MECO is also part of the Global Media Policy Mapping project, sponsored by the International Association of Media and Communication Research.

Researchers in media political economy and policy are: