• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Katarina’s research engages with emerging media technologies and environments on and off the planet. She is one of the key researchers leading the development of cultural and social studies of outer space and has widely published, presented and collaborated on a range of space-related academic, industry and community projects and events. She also has keen interest in Earth-based media and communication issues and is currently collaborating on a project on Digital Nomads.

Katarina joined UWA in 2013, having previously taught at The University of Melbourne where she also completed her PhD. At UWA, she has thus far served as Discipline Chair of Media and Communication (2020-2023), Coordinator of the Major in Communication and Media Studies (2020-2023) and Coordinator of the Postgraduate programs in Strategic Communication (2017-2020, 2022-2023) and International Journalism (2013-2015).

Prior to commencing her academic career, Katarina gained extensive professional experience working in key roles across media and creative industries, including TV, film, radio, advertising, theatre and media arts, which she now translates into her teaching.  

Teaching overview

At UWA, Katarina has designed and delivered innovative and award-winning curricula. She teaches across undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels of study, including:

  • COMM2002 Digital Media
  • COMM3002 Media Production Project
  • COMM4103 iGeneration
  • COMM4105 Research Methods in Media and Communication
  • COMM5200 Digital Advocacy
  • COMM5604 Media Governance

Research interests

Katarina’s research features in top ranked/Q1 journals, addressing a range of issues in:  

  • digital media and cultures
  • media infrastructures, platforms and practices
  • media and communication governance and policy
  • automation, robotics and AI
  • XR/VR
  • communication design and strategies
  • technology, environment and society
  • protest, advocacy and social change
  • commons and communities
  • human-computer interactions
  • outer space

Katarina is available for the supervision of MA and PhD projects engaging broadly with her research areas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

BA (Honours), Faculty of Dramatic Arts (Theatre, Radio, Film and TV), University of the Arts, Belgrade

MA, University of the Arts, Belgrade

Research expertise keywords

  • digital media and cultures
  • science, technology and society
  • media ethics, governance and policy
  • outer space
  • digital infrastructures
  • robotics and AI
  • commons and communities
  • VR/XR
  • technology and environment

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