Dianne Rodger

Dr Dianne Rodger


School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dianne Rodger is an anthropologist whose work focuses on media, popular culture and communication. Her research explores issues including the tensions between globalisation and localisation, processes of distinction and taste-making and the culturally-specific and contested nature of ‘authenticity’. She is particularly interested in the production and consumption of music and the use of new information and communication technologies in a number of domains, including health promotion. Dianne has held a number of research and teaching positions at the University of Adelaide and began a full-time lecturing role in 2015. She currently teaches a range of courses including Popular Culture: Passion, Style Vibe. Dianne is a member of Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/accru/).

PhD Research
Dianne completed her PhD on Hip Hop culture in Australia in 2012. Her PhD thesis titled ‘Living Hip Hop: Defining Authenticity in the Adelaide and Melbourne Hip Hop Scenes’ can be accessed through the UoA library catalogue (click here). Her thesis makes a significant contribution to the study of Hip Hop culture outside of the United States of America and reflects her specialisation in the areas of youth culture and subcultural research.

Research Highlights
In 2011 she worked as a Research Assistant on a joint project with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), the Department for International Development (DFID), 3ie & AusAID. This project resulted in the publication of a Systematic Review exploring the factors that facilitate and constrain C4D (communication for development) interventions in fragile states.

In 2012 she began a two year position as a Senior Research Fellow on an ARC linkage grant. This project, titled ‘Health-e Baby’, explored the health communication and media preferences of pregnant women and led to the production and evaluation of a tailored pregnancy smartphone application. Further information about the Health-e Baby project can be found on the project website (click here).

  • Divisional Scholarship, Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide 2006 - 2009.

Dianne has taught a broad range of Anthropology courses. She typically teaches: 

  • Foundations of Anthropology: People and Culture (1st year course)
  • Popular Culture: Passion, Style, Vibe (2nd year course)

Note: Staffing arrangements and availability of these courses may change from year to year. 


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Development, security and criminalisation: controlling and punishing the poor Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Michelle Higginbotham
    2018 Co-Supervisor Violence and Crisis in Athens, Greece Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Johnny Damien Karanicolas
    2017 Co-Supervisor Theatre of the 4th Dimension: Live performance in a digital space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael James Allen
    2017 Co-Supervisor Barriers to reproductive healthcare for women experiencing homelessness in central Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Aisha Jehangir Mirjami Sultan
    2016 Principal Supervisor Online Identity and offline reality: How the internet is shaping modern musical affiliation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Paul Henry Chambers
    2016 Principal Supervisor Working towards outer space : Visions of the future in present practices surrounding space technology + associated organisations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Danielle Rhianna Lemieux
    2016 Co-Supervisor Health-e Babies App: Evaluating the clinical effectiveness of a smart phone application to compliment antenatal care Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Julia Dalton
    2014 Principal Supervisor The Goth Subculture: An Australian Case Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Briony Erin Lynette Kate Morrison
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Cosplay in Australia: (Re)creation and Creativity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Langsford
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135931
  • Email: dianne.rodger@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 23
  • Org Unit: Anthropology and Development Studies

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