Sal Humphreys

Dr Sal Humphreys

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

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


Sal Humphreys began work at the University of Adelaide in February 2009. She completed her PhD on online digital games at QUT in 2005 and subsequently was awarded a 3 year position as post-doctoral research fellow on an ARC linkage grant through QUT.

Sal's research interests centre on digital media, digital games, (online games in particular), and social networking sites, with a focus on the way these new media interact with cultural institutions such as intellectual property, governance, citizenship and rights. She is currently researching the significance of 'Big Data' and surveillance.

She also works in the area of Health Communication where she is a member of a research team looking at ways to use new media as part of effective health communication strategies.

Sal has previously taught at the University of South Australia in media studies, and has worked for various state and private organisations in South Australia in areas relating to online media. She was employed by Ratbag Games development company for a year in 1998, and has worked as a freelance editor.

My key research interests are in digital media, surveillance and predictive data, digital games and online social networking sites. Within these areas I work to understand regulation and control, governance, and institutional forms. I have an abiding interest in gender and in health communication.

I have taught the following courses in the core of the B.Media degree:

Media Theory

Introduction to Media

Media Honours Advanced Research Methods

Broadcast Television and Radio

And the following elective topics:

Digital Games,culture and co-creation

Surveillance and Big Data

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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 Principal Supervisor Investigating Effectiveness of Social Networking Sites in Influencing Mental Health Promotion Among Young People Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Anne Nattembo
    2016 Co-Supervisor An Ethnographic Study of Scientific Knowledge Production by Antarcticans Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Luke John Baker
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Contested Kingdom: The Role of Online Media in the Relationship between Disney and Fans over Disneyland Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr William McCarthy
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Comics and Pedagogy: Authorship, Authority and Literacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Aaron Scott Humphrey
    2013 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Wicked Problems in Interface Design: Reflections on the Theories and Practices of Remediation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Subrata Dey
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A New Storytelling Era: Digital Work and Professional Identity in the North American Comic Book Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Troy Kristoffer Mayes
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor A Scene in Sequence: Australian Comics Production as a Creative Industry 1975-2017 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amy Louise Maynard
    2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Malay Women's Identity Construction and Engagement with The Sims Social in Facebook Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shifa Faizal
    2010 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Remember Forever: Relationships with the living and the dead in a Vietnamese online memorial site Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Anthony Heathcote
    2010 - 2011 Co-Supervisor "Please don't sue!" Regulation, Control and Ownership in Fan (Fiction) Communities. Master of Arts Master Full Time Ms Sarah Oakey
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Social Media in China: Empowerment through Subversive Pleasure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Minghua Wu
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Race, Communities and Power in a Survival Game World University of Adelaide PhD Doctorate Part Time Luke Baker
    2013 - ongoing Principal Supervisor The novel in the digital future : Implications of oral storytelling and the print medium on interface design University of Adelaide PhD Doctorate Full Time Subrata Dey
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2012 - ongoing Representative Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Executive Committee
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2010 - ongoing International Journal of Cultural Studies Communication Research and Practice
    2008 - ongoing Journal of New Media and Society
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Journal of Communication Research and Practice Editorial Advisory Board Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Games Studies: the international journal for computer games research, Board of Reviewers
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135227
  • Email: sal.humphreys@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 9
  • Room: 9 03
  • Org Unit: Media

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