I believe that every one of us has a distinctive local position in a single global society, and I am committed to helping people around the world relate with one another effectively and ethically. In my book Migration, Media, and Global-Local Spaces (2016, Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication), I recommend that we understand migration and media in global perspective, and I share my research into how Singaporean university students in Melbourne experience the world. My work on global communication is also available in the UNESCO Global Citizenship in a Digital World: Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Yearbook 2014.
I have received generous mentoring and support throughout my PhD and academic career, and have completed the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and the Swinburne E-moderating Online Course. These experiences of education and professional development have encouraged me to keep advancing my competence in using a range of media to prepare students for employment in global media industries and to cultivate our regard for global cultural diversity.
I enjoy initiating partnerships and collaborations with government, industry, and not-for-profit stakeholders. My international leadership roles have included:
- Founding Editor of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication (an international online, open-access journal produced in collaboration with the major international communication associations ICA, IAMCR, ECREA, and ANZCA)
- Regional Liaison (Australia), European Communication Research and Education Association Young Scholars Network
- one of 100 young leaders selected from across Australia for the Brightest Young Minds Summit
- leader of a group of international delegates from across Asia at the One Degree Asia youth leadership festival in Singapore
As a Christian, I engage in ongoing reflection on the relevance of faith to worldview, appropriate faith-based care, and the promotion of deep understanding and authentic relationships between people who identify with divergent cultural traditions. I am interested in applying media research and media education, to consult for global missions organisations and churches, and to train Christians for service in these organisations.