Ingrid Volkmer is Deputy Director of the Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is also Chair of the Philosophy of Communication Division, International Communication Association. Ingrid is Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia Globalization and is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Communication, Global Media and Communication, War, Media and Conflict and The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. Ingrid is particularly interested in the new worldwide media infrastructure of political communication and the impact on societies and cultures. She has published widely in the field of global communication, and is currently working on a book manuscript The Global Public Sphere.
Sean Cubitt is Professor of Global Media and Communication at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is a Professorial Fellow in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee.
Mark Davis is a well-known cultural commentator and academic. He is the author of Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism and The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s. He is Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Jenny Lee was previously coordinator of the graduate Publishing and Communications program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne since the beginning of 2003. Her research interests include the history of books and reading, and technological and cultural change in the contemporary publishing industry. She is Deputy Chair of the OL Society, which publishes Overland magazine. Jenny became an editor by accident in 1982, when she began working on a multi-author critical history of Australia (A People's History of Australia, 4 vols, 1988). She edited the literary and cultural quarterly Meanjin from 1987 to 1994, then spent six years working as a freelance book editor. Drawing on her experience in editing and publishing, she taught in the Professional Writing program at Deakin University from 2000 to 2002.
Joanna Redden is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research explores how news coverage of poverty and the processes of generating the news influence political responses to poverty in Canada and the United Kingdom. Joanna has worked in the fields of media and politics.
Tamara Witschge is a lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Tamara's main research interests are media and democracy, changes in the journalistic field, and equality and diversity in the public sphere. She is the General Secretary of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
Young Scholars Network, ECREA
Benjamin De Cleen is a PhD student working at the Communication Studies Department of the VUB-Free University of Brussels. His main interests are discourse theory and the relationship between populist radical right politics and culture. His research deals with the Flemish populist radical right party Vlaams Belang's discourse on culture. Benjamin is chair of the YECREA, the Young Scholars' Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
Julie Uldam is a postdoctoral fellow at Copenhagen Business School. She is vice-chair of the Young Scholars' Network of ECREA. Her research explores online media practices in climate justice activism in relation to the interplay between management of visibility and political identity formation. She has previously worked as a PR and web consultant at Amnesty International.
Alenka Jelen (MSc) is a senior lecturer at Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire. She is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research interests are in political communication studies with a special focus on the role of political sources in media news construction process, and qualitative research methods, particularly expert interviews and framing analysis. Prior to joining the University of Central Lancashire in August 2008, she had been working as a public relations adviser and teaching assistant at the University of Ljubljana. She has rich experience in media practice, where she worked as a journalist, radio news director, overseas correspondent, and television host. She still holds a position of British correspondent for Slovenian television Kanal A. Alenka is vice-chair of YECREA, the Young Scholars' Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), ECREA Board Member and Secretary of the ECREA Bureau and the Board.
Emerging Scholars Network, IAMCR
Stefania Milan is a PhD Candidate at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Her dissertation, entitled "Stealing the Fire. A study of emancipatory practices in the field of communication", looks at transnational social networks of grassroots developers of communication infrastructures, and their interactions with the policy environment. Cases include community low-power radio stations and radical tech collectives. Her research interests include media and communications policy; social movements as policy stakeholders; participatory approaches to policy and governance; Internet governance; theory and practice of community/alternative media; communication and ICTs for development and social change. Stefania is also a freelance journalist, and has been working for numerous alternative and independent outlets, including radios, and the international news agency Inter Press Service. Stefania serves as co-chair of the Emerging Scholars Network of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
Student Board, ICA
Mikaela L. Marlow completed her doctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Idaho. Her inquiry explores theoretical and applied intergroup communication among diverse language, ethnic, and cultural collectives. Recent work has appeared in Communication Yearbook, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Multicultural Discourses. She recently completed a 2-year term as the Student Board Representative for the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association.
Michele Cheng Hoon Khoo is a PhD student at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her area of interest is in media images and social and economic construction of masculine identity in Asia. Michele obtained her Bachelor degree from the National University of Singapore majoring in English and Sociology. She was conferred a Master of Mass Communication by the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in 2004 and has 10 years of industry experience in corporate communications and event management before joining SCI as a full-time student. Michele is Student Board Member of the International Communication Association.
Diana Bossio recently completed her PhD in Applied Communications at RMIT University, Australia. Her thesis, "State of Insecurity: Representations of post-September 11 insecurity by Australian governmental authorities and newspaper media" explored power relations between Australian government and media to develop and maintain discourses about post-September 11 insecurity. She teaches journalism and professional communication at Swinburne University in Melbourne, where she also researches contemporary media and government relations, journalistic authority and journalism education. Diana is also the graduate representative for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
Suneel Jethani is a PhD candidate in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His research explores the relationship between new media, new media literacies and the politics of space(s) and time(s) in networked society. Suneel has held senior roles in the publishing industry and factual content production sector as a marketing and development manager.
Luke J. Heemsbergen is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. He's interested in how instances of participatory transparency have, and will, affect democratic governance in networked society. With a background in International Relations, Luke hopes to build bridges and light fires amongst autonomist governance phenomena and emerging policy implication iterating democracy within and without the state.
Luke van Ryn is a PhD candidate in the Media and Communications Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne (Australia). His thesis explores the impact of reality television formats on screen media aesthetics and politics. In 2008 he completed his honours thesis on remix culture, with a particular focus on mash-up audio artist Girl Talk. Luke’s research interests include cinema, music and participatory media cultures.
After completing his Masters in Global Journalism at Melbourne University (Australia), Sebastian Kubitschko is currently undertaking a PhD in Goldsmiths’ Media and Communications Department. His research is interested in the intersection of (new) media and socio-political practices of (networked) civic actors; in particular in relation to proto-political, rearticulation and institutionalization processes around issues that crosscut national boundaries. Sebastian has previously interned in media institutions in Berlin, Milan and Melbourne.
Amira Firdaus is a PhD candidate in the Media and Communications Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne (Australia). Her PhD is concerned with new media's influence on mainstream news agenda. Prior to joining academia, Amira briefly worked in public relations and had a part-time stint hosting a television programme focusing on youth issues. Amira is currently attached to the University of Malaya (Malaysia) as a tutor at the Department of Media Studies.
James Donald served as chief editor of Taiwan's national art and leisure weekly PrimeTime, before returning to Melbourne to continue his Master of Art Curatorship at Melbourne University. Since then, James has embarked on his first science-fiction novel Dream State and established the online Melbourne-focused Web archive of emerging art, Cathartica. James is an avid blogger and regular contributor to art magazines including Frieze, C-Arts, Yishu and Asian Art News.
Timothy David Smith is a PhD Candidate in the Departments of Medicine (St. Vincent's) and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. His work is looking at the different methods employed by curators of genetic variation databases in order to develop a standardised methodology.
Esther Chin is a PhD candidate in the Media and Communications Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne (Australia). Her research explores how 'cosmopolitan' worldviews are constructed in diasporic youth media cultures, using phenomenological interviews with Singaporean youth in Melbourne. She is Regional Liaison (Australia) for the Young Scholars Network, European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA).
Volume 1 (July 2009): Esther Chin
Volume 2 Issue 1 (January 2010): Amira Firdaus
Volume 2 Issue 2 (September 2010): Dale Leorke
Volume 3 Issue 1 (April 2011): Sandy Joy Watson
Volume 4 Issue 1 (June 2012): Luke van Ryn
ANZCA Special Issue (April 2010): Diana Bossio
Creative Commons Australia Special Issue (December 2010): Jessica Coates and Elliott Bledsoe
YECREA Special Issue (November 2011): Benjamin De Cleen, Julie Uldam and Alenka Jelen
Volume 4 Issue 1 (ANZCA Section): Shujie (Phoebe) Guo
We would like to give a special nod to former editors who have been involved with PLATFORM over the past couple of years: Elias Mokua Nyatete for his contribution to the founding of PLATFORM; Blaise Murphet for his incredible energy and networking abilities as our inaugural external liaison and copyright manager; Marcos Dias and Gin Chee Tong for their enormous effort in designing the PLATFORM website and giving it a virtual home; Lana Logam, Maria Shi and Diana Bayly for their assistance as journal managers; and other former editors including Christopher Traficante, Ruhie Kumar and Jesse Hearns-Branaman. A huge thank you also to our former chief editors Sandy Watson and Dale Leorke for their ongoing involvement with PLATFORM after their respective issues were published.
We must also thank Elliott Bledsoe and Jessica Coates of the Copyright Clinic, Queensland University of Technology for drafting PLATFORM's licensing agreements; and Marie Christodulaki for preparing an In-House Style Guide for PLATFORM as well as her enormous contribution with copyediting Vol. 2 Issue 1 and the ANZCA issue.
Special thanks also to our other copyeditors Siobhan Argent (Vol. 2 Issue 1) and Lieu Thi Pham (Vol. 2 Issue 2).
Lastly, thanks to the School of Culture and Communication at Melbourne University and the administrative and academic staff there for hosting and supporting PLATFORM.