DR Andrea Carson

DR Andrea Carson


  • Public sphere, future of newspapers, media and democracy, media regulation, political communication; digital media (investigative journalism)
  • The future of digital newsrooms: https://www.facebook.com/facebookjournalismproject/videos/1965983583614208/



  • Dr Andrea Carson is a lecturer of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. She is also an honorary fellow at the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism, and teaches women the skills to become politicians as part of the School of Government's Pathways to Politics program. Her research interests are newspapers and their business models; journalism studies; media ownership and regulation; media effects and political agenda setting; investigative journalism; digital newsrooms; political communication; elections and election reporting.

    She completed a PhD in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her research topic investigated the watchdog role of newspapers from affluent times through to the digital age. She has worked previously as a journalist at The Age and as a reporter, producer and broadcaster in radio (ABC 774, 3RRR) television (7.30 Report) and online (The Age, ABC). Andrea produced ABC 774's morning radio program with Jon Faine. She is a commentator on radio (ABC Drive) and TV Sky News. She contributes opinion pieces to The Age, The Conversation, New Matilda, Crikey, The Citizen and on air at ABC 774. 

    Andrea is currently teaching: 
    postgraduate subject: Strategic Political Communication
    undergraduate subjects: Politics and the Media; 
    Campaigns and Elections
    Pathways to Politics



Member of

  • American Political Science Association. American Political Science Association 2016 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA).. registered member 2014 -
  • Australian Political Science Association (APSA).. Member 2012 - 2027


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • “Super-Participation” and Everyday Political Talk Online, MNSI grant 2014 with team •Scott Wright - School of Culture and Communication •Garry Robins - Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences •Andrea Carson - School of Social and Political Sciences •Todd Graham - University of Groningen •Shaojing Sun - Fudan University Journalism School see: http://networkedsociety.unimelb.edu.au/research/projects/ibes/super-participation-political-talk.html   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • MA, University of Melbourne 2008
  • BA, Deakin University 1997

Awards and honors

  • APA, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise students with research areas focused on the relationship between politics and the media;  mass media (including social media); investigative journalism, the role of media in democracy; political economy of media; ownership and regulation of Australian media, and the media and the public sphere