Dianne Rodger

Dr Dianne Rodger

Senior Lecturer

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 course co-ordination role in 2015. From 2016 to 2018 she was employed as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019.

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.

From 2012-2014 she was the Senior Research Fellow on the ‘Health-e Baby’ project (ARC Linkage grant) which 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).

In 2017 she received funding from the Mountford Award with Dr. Margaret Becker to explore the design and impact of Hip-Hop workshops that seek to engage Indigenous-Australian youth. This project is ongoing. 

  • Divisional Scholarship, Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide 2006 - 2009.
  • Mountford Award with Dr. Margaret Becker ($7,958).

Dianne is a passionate teacher who has co-ordinated a broad range of Anthropology courses. In 2016 her teaching expertise was recognised when she was employed in a continuing position as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow. In 2019 she was promoted and began a split teaching and research role, however, she remains committed to teaching excellence and continues to actively participate in professional development (e.g. participation in the Discovery Learning Community of Practice). 

She typically teaches: 

  • Introduction to Anthropology: Society 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. 

Teaching Highlights

Awarded a ‘Faculty of Arts Prize for Excellence in Teaching’ in 2018.

Participation in formal and informal teaching workshops (e.g. Facilitator ‘Tutoring in the Social Sciences’ at the Annual SA Gender, Sex, & Sexualities Conference for Postgraduates & ECRs, September 25th, 2019). 

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor How Play in Indigenous Australian Communities can Rejuvenate a Culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Luke Keith Kimber
    2018 Co-Supervisor Violence and Crisis in Athens, Greece Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Johnny Damien Karanicolas
    2018 Co-Supervisor Development, security and criminalisation: controlling and punishing the poor Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Michelle Higginbotham
    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 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
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor People, Platforms, Practice: The Social Mediation of Electronic Music Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Paul Henry Chambers
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Cosplay in Australia: (Re)creation and Creativity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Langsford
    2014 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The F... is Goth Anyway: Classification, Dynamic Practice and Goth in
    Adelaide
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Briony Erin Lynette Kate Morrison
  • Position: Senior 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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