Melissa-Ellen Dowling

Dr Melissa-Ellen Dowling

Ext-Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Melissa-Ellen Dowling is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests centre around democratic resilience, ideological extremism, foreign interference, digital information operations, and national security policy. Currently, Dr Dowling is chief investigator on the government-funded project Modelling Digital Ideological Extremism and also contributes to wargaming scenario development. She also explores the national security dimensions of online political microtargeting.

Prior to this, she was co-investigator on a Defence-sponsored project, Countering Foreign Interference, which modelled democratic resilience to counter foreign interference in Australia, and also conducted research for the Department of Defence on the use of digital information warfare techniques by non-state actors.

Dr Dowling is the author of Writing Russia (Routledge, 2021), and has published commentary on digital disinformation and malign influence with The Australian Journal of Political Science, British Politics and Policy (London School of Economics), The Stretton Institute (The University of Adelaide), the Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Election Watch (Uni. Melbourne).

2022: Modelling Digital Ideological Extremism in Australia (funded by ONI)

2022: Next Generation Political Microtargeting (funded by the NSC) 

2021: Understanding Mass Influence (funded by Defence) https://www.adelaide.edu.au/newsroom/news/list/2021/12/09/understanding-mass-influence-activities-is-critical

2020-2021: Countering Foreign Interference (funded by Defence)

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2014 The University of Adelaide Australia BIntSt (hons)
    2013 The University of Adelaide Australia LLB
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Dowling, M. E. (2022). Foreign interference and Australian electoral security in the digital era. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 76(1), 40-56.
    DOI Scopus1
    2022 Dowling, M. E. (2022). Foreign interference and digital democracy: is digital era governance putting Australia at risk?. Australian Journal of Political Science, 1-16.
    DOI
    2021 Dowling, M. (2021). Democracy under Siege: foreign interference in a digital era. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 75(4), 383-387.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2020 Dowling, M. (2020). Romancing Russia: The effect of emplotment on the representation of a nation. Rethinking History, 24(3-4), 523-542.
    DOI
    2017 Dowling, M. -E. (2017). A Socio-Political Model of Lies in Russia. Putin Against the Personal. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(2), 373-374.
    DOI
    2017 Dowling, M. -E. (2017). Return to Cold War. East European Politics, 33(2), 316-317.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2021 Dowling, M. (2021). Writing Russia The Discursive Construction of AnOther Nation. USA: Routledge.
    DOI
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 Dowling, M. -E. (2022). Next Generation Political Microtargeting: Pre-Emptive and Preventative Policy Imperatives. In TBC. National Security College, Canberra.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Dowling, M. -E., & Legrand, T. (2021). Countering Foreign Interference: Introducing a Research Agenda for Building Democratic Resilience in Australia.
    2021 Dowling, M. -E., & Legrand, T. (2021). Countering Foreign Interference: Digital Democracy and the Risk of Foreign Interference in Australia.
    2021 Dowling, M. -E., & Legrand, T. (2021). Countering Foreign Interference: Vulnerabilities in Australia's Participatory Processes.
    2021 Dowling, M. -E., & Farina, M. (2021). Cambridge Analytica: Understanding Mass Influence.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2022 Dowling, M. -E. (2022). How worried should we be about foreign interference in Australian elections?. Election Watch.
    2020 Dowling, M. -E. (2020). The Digital Dilemma: Countering Foreign Interference. The Stretton Institute.
    2020 Dowling, M. -E. (2020). Has digitisation weakened democracy's defences?. LSE Blog.

National Intelligence Postdoctoral Grant (2021) - Office of National Intelligence $346,162

Technology Surprise Forum (2022) - National Security College $10,000

Course Co-Ordinator:

POLIS2114 Approaches in International Relations (2019)

Tutor:

POLIS2013 Terrorism and Global Politics (2020)

POLIS1102 Introduction to Global Politics (2017-2019)

POLIS2114 Approaches in International Relations (2019)

POLIS2104 The Ethics of War and Peace (2018)

POLIS1104 Introduction to Comparative Politics (2017)

Marker:

POLIS3002 International Security (2019)

ASIA2024 Asian Giants: Japan, China, and India (2019)

POLIS3001 Citizenship and Globalisation (2019 and 2020)

Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (2017)

Guest Lectures:

"The Language of Nationality in Histories of World War II" for HIST3057 Nations and Nationalism (2019)

"EU-Russia Relations" for POLIS2011 Europe Today (2017 and 2018)

"An Introduction to Social Capital" for Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (2018)

Melissa has also delivered lectures on Marxism and Post-Colonialism in the context of International Relations as part of the course, Approaches in International Relations

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member The Stretton Institute Australia
  • Position: Ext-Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130641
  • Email: melissa-ellen.dowling@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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