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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Steven joined the Media and Communication program at UWA in 2015.

Since he began teaching in 1989 he has held senior positions at the University of Western Sydney (1995–2005) and the University of Sydney (2005–2015). He has been a visiting scholar at the Australian, Film, Television, and Radio School in 1998, the School of Cinema-Arts, University of Southern California in 2002, and at the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai in October-November 2012.

A graduate of Curtin University in Western Australia (1988), Steven studied Honours at Murdoch University, and received his PhD in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (1994). Steven is open to inquiries regarding postgraduate supervision in any of his areas of key research, including media ethics, screenwriting, and communication theory.

Roles and responsibilities

Discipline Chair, Media and Communication, School of Social Sciences (2017-2020)

Graduate Research Coordinator, School of Social Sciences (2015-2020)

Previous positions

Jan 2005-March 2015: University of Sydney
Jan 1995-Jan 2005: University of Western Sydney


media and communication ethics and critical practice
screenwriting research
the relationship of theory and practice
theories of communication
the history of the field of media and communication studies.

External positions

WA Regional Representative, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

1 Sep 2019 → …

Foundation Co-Editor, Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting Book Series

Feb 2012 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Media Ethics
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Communication Theory
  • Media Studies
  • Screenwriting research
  • Objectivity in journalism


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