Michelle Phillipov

Dr Michelle Phillipov


School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

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

My research investigates the politics and pleasures of popular media – from food media and health messages to death metal music and 'extreme' cultures. My most recent work explores how media interest in food is shaping public debate, media and food industry practices, and consumer politics. I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in any aspect of popular media, and I am particularly interested in projects investigating food media and cultures.

Current projects include:

Media Messages about Sustainable Seafood

This project evaluates the role of celebrity chefs and media 'influencers' in shaping consumer attitudes about sustainable seafood. Funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

Digital Food Futures

An increasing focus on sustainable food production has put contemporary agriculture under a spotlight, but there are a range of competing views about what is to be done. While industry and government often focus on technological solutions, others—from environmental campaigners to celebrity chefs—frequently advocate a ‘return’ to traditional forms of food production. Each is invested in a different, but equally utopian, vision of sustainable production. This project investigates these competing visions, and explores the role of media and the digital in shaping sustainable food futures.

Media and the New Politics of Food

This project investigates how relationships between the media and food industries are changing not only how food is produced and marketed across the artisan-conventional spectrum, but also how contemporary food politics are now mobilised and understood. Funded by the Australian Research Council. Project website available here.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 Senior Lecturer University of Tasmania
    2011 - 2014 Lecturer University of Tasmania
    2010 - 2009 Associate Lecturer University of Tasmania
    2007 - 2008 Lecturer (contract) University of South Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 - 2009 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
    2002 - 2002 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia B.A. (Hons)
  • Research Interests

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2018 Scoping Study for Building and Maintaining Community Trust in Australia's Primary Industries Prof R Ankeny, Dr H Bray, Dr M Phillipov, Ms E Buddle Agrifutures Australia $94,678
20182019 Media Messages about Sustainable Seafood: How Do Media Influencers Affect Consumer Attitudes (2017-131) Dr M Phillipov, Dr A Farmery, A/Prof F Gale Fisheries Research & Development Corporation $85,550
20142016 The New Politics of Food and the Australian Media (DE140101412) Dr M Phillipov Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Research Council $383,532

Courses Summary

Date Course Title Course Level/Code Role
2019 Exploring TV and Radio MDIA 1004 Coordinator
2019 Media Research Project MDIA 3332 Coordinator
2018 Media Industry Transitions MDIA 3207 Coordinator
2018 Digital Storytelling MDIA 2336 Tutor
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Analysing Masculinity and Postmodernism in The Sopranos Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Alexander Hudson Beare
    2019 Principal Supervisor Positioning Audio Description in Media Theory: an Australian Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kari Seeley
    2018 Co-Supervisor Podcasting: the Role of Genre and Gender as a Humanities Engagement Tool for Women's History Research and Education Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Katie-Jane Joannou
    2018 Co-Supervisor South Australian Film-makers' Perspectives on Policies: State and Federal Funding Policies and the Representation of Cultural Diversity in Australian Films Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Linh Chung
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Left Dissent: The Australian Commercial News Media’s Characterisation of 21st Century Protests Critical of Capitalism University of Tasmania Master Joshua Eiszele
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Standing Out From the Crowd: A Study of frankie Magazine, Niche Branding, and Alternative Femininities University of Tasmania Master Rosanna Hunt
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Would You Like Genes With That? Romanticism and the Debate over Genetically Modified Food University of Tasmania Master Liam Gash
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Age of Consent: News, Crime and Public Debate University of Tasmania Doctorate Claire Konkes
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Wings and Freedom, Spirit and Self: How the Filmography of Hayao Miyazaki Subverts National Branding and Soft Power University of Tasmania Master Shadow
    2010 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Lolita: Atemporal Class-Play with Tea and Cakes University of Tasmania Master Sophia Staite
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member School of Humanities Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - 2018 Member ANZCA Executive Committee
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Communication Research and Practice

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