School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
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 retired as a full time academic in February 2020 and remain an adjunct with the university.
Date Position Institution name 2013 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2009 - 2013 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2006 - 2008 Post-Doctoral Fellow Queensland University of Technology
Date Institution name Country Title 2002 - 2005 Queensland University of Technology Australia PhD 1993 - 1996 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours)
Year Citation 2013 Rodger, D., Dalton, J., Wilmore, M., Humphreys, A., Clifton, V., & Skuse, A. (2013). Google’s my mate: information seeking habits of pregnant women in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the 17th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ 2013), as published in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Adelaide, South Australia: Wiley.
2013 Rodger, D., Skuse, A., Wilmore, M., Humphreys, A., Clifton, V., & Dalton, J. (2013). Google’s My Mate: Information Seeking Habits of Pregnant Women in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of No.. Adelaide, Australia.. 2013 Dalton, J., Clifton, V., Rodger, D., Skuse, A., Wilmore, M., Humphreys, A., & Flabouris, M. (2013). Who’s Afraid of ICTs? The Attitudes of Midwives in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Deliver Pregnancy-Related Health Information in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of No.. Gold Coast, Australia..
I have taught the following courses in the core of the B.Media degree:
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
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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2012 - ongoing Representative Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Executive Committee — —
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 — — —
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 — —
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