Kim Barbour

Dr Kim Barbour


School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

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

Kim Barbour is a qualitative new media scholar. As a lecturer in the Department of Media, Kim’s work focuses on digital and online media, and storytelling. Kim’s research looks at online persona, the strategic production of identity through digital media, and particularly focuses on the use of social media. Kim’s research often focuses on artists or other creative practitioners.
Kim is the co-founding editor of the Persona Studies journal, an online, open access journal based at Deakin University. She has published chapters in the edited books Media, Margins and Popular Culture (Palgrave), Making Places, Making Publics (Adelaide University Press) and Digital Academics (Routledge), articles in Celebrity Studies, M/C Journal, First Monday, and Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, and her paper ‘Performing Professionalism | Validating Artistness’ won the Grant Noble award for best post-graduate paper at ANZCA 2014. Her co-authored book Persona Studies: An Introduction is to be published in 2019 by Wiley.
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Kim completed her doctoral study Finding the Edge: Online Persona Creation by Fringe Artists in 2014, graduating with her doctorate in 2015. She is currently co-authoring a book titled Persona Studies: Celebrity, Identity, and the Transformation of the Public Self for Wiley (for publication in 2018), and co-editor of Making Publics, Making Places (The University of Adelaide Press 2016).

Current research projects:

  • HDRs online: supporting strategic development of online academic personas
  • The performance of #watchingtv on Instagram
  • #sharinghome on Instagram
  • Professional academic persona
  • Online persona, activism, and art


2017/2018 - Summer Research Scholarship project - successfully completed by Maria Positano

2017 - AnglicareSA video project - supporting University of Adelaide production students to gain paid professional work experience creating promotional material for the Acorn Parent-Infant Attachment Groups program, run by AnglicareSA. The video project was funded by a grant from The Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

2017 - Summer Research Scholarship project - successfully completed by Lydia Heise

2016 - Faculty Research Active Grants Scheme (FRAGS) award of $2850

Undergraduate Coursework

Kim Barbour teaches across all levels of the Bachelor of Media program:


  • MDIA1002 Introduction to Media: Digital Revolutions
  • MDIA2336 Digital Storytelling
  • MDIA3331 Popular Media: Text, Audience, Industry


  • MDIA1002 Introduction to Media: Digital Revolutions
  • MDIA2336 Digital Storytelling
  • MDIA3328 News in the Digital Age


  • MDIA1002 Introduction to Media: Digital Revolutions 
  • MDIA1006 Story/Technology: Writing Techniques


  • MDIA1006 Story/Technology: Writing Techniques

Kim's teaching practice aims to make use of the substantial opportunities offered by online learning when matched with appropriate pedagogical approaches, including blended learning and workshop based teaching. In 2017, she was awarded a Faculty of Arts Teaching Prize for her use of Small Group Discovery Experiences and ePortfolios in the classroom for learning and assessment.

Honours Supervisions:


  • Aislinn Rossi (part time), Proposed topic: civic engagement with politics and media


  • Amy Nancarrow, Thesis title: Striving for Perfection: Postfeminism, Reality Television, and the Creation of the Postfeminist Ideal in The Real Housewives of Melbourne
  • Linh Nguyen, Thesis title: Analysing the authenticity of our social media persona through the selfie
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Representation, Identity and Ideology in Netflix and the Instagram Aesthetic Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kahtia Evelyn Lontis
    2017 Co-Supervisor Efforts of online newspapers on hard copy newspapers amongst youth in Nigeria Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ayodeji Boluwatife Aiyesimoju
    2017 Co-Supervisor Engaging a Youth Audience in Adelaide's Arts Festivals Through Social Media Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amy Elizabeth Nancarrow
    2017 Co-Supervisor The Success and Failure of Disneyland as Third Place - California and Hong Kong / Shanghai Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr William McCarthy
    2017 Co-Supervisor Representation of Women in Cinema: Exploring Character Role and Image from a Semiotics Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nazia Hussain
    2016 Co-Supervisor Crafting True Stories: Links Between Feature Writing and non-Fiction Book Writing in Australian journalism Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mrs Varunika Sonani Hapuwatte Ruwanpura
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2017 - ongoing Board Member Chair of Ethic and Policy, Executive Board Fame and Persona Research Consortium Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Australia New Zealand Communication Association Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Faculty of Arts Research Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 - ongoing Chair School of Humanities Learning and Teaching Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Editor-In-chief Persona Studies Deakin University Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133405
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 9
  • Room: 9 04
  • Org Unit: Media

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