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  • PhD (Communication & Media Arts), University of Newcastle, 15/02/2010
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle, 08/05/1997
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(Honours), University of Newcastle, 01/05/1988


Research keywords

  • Cultural Identity & Communication Theories
  • Film & Literary Representations
  • Habitus & the Practice of Cultural Production
  • Sensory Evocation & Audience Engagement

Research expertise

Completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Communication) Degree in 2009. Thesis Title: 'Communicating Community: Cultural Production, Habitus & the Construction of a City's Identity'.

As a research higher degree contributing original knowledge to the field of communication studies, the thesis informs teaching and further undergraduate/postgraduate research in the areas of: Meaning-making & Interpretation; Audiences & Production Intent; Media Texts & Representation; Authenticity through Narrative Expression of Cultural Communities; Habitus & Cultural Production.

As a comprehensive analysis of existing media texts it offers media industry professionals valuable insight into theoretical approaches to creative practices. These may include filmmakers, authors screenwriters, poets, novelists as well as electronic mediation practitioners.

As the Faculty of Science & IT is currently moving to facilitate multi-disciplinary research groups my research is well-placed to contribute to this initiative. The thesis incorporates research knowledge particularly relevant to production design, contextual content and audience engagement. Therefore it bridges the disciplines of design, communication and multimedia applications.

Co-supervised a PhD (Communication & Media) submitted in late 2009 which investigated mobile phone technology and identity discourses.

Currently co-supervising a PhD (Communication & Media) on documentary film production and creative practitioner research.

Currently co-supervising a PhD (Communication & Media) on Australian childrens' literature and creative writing processes.

Previously supervised honours research student who investigated perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and is now employed as a communication adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Currently Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Communication Honours degree program delivering a research methods and directed readings course to communication, IT, visual communication (design) students.

Fields of Research

200102Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies100


Administrative expertise

12 years teaching experience with 9 as Course Co-ordinator - duties include; course development: teaching materials (library, readings, blackboard), lectures, assessment design & marking criteria; student consultation and marking assessment work; teaching resources for, supervision of, and consultation with tutors; implementing & managing online course content; email enquiries; insitutional requirements re: course evaluation & CTS, CAR, timetabling, student requests for special consideration & time extensions.

In 2004 I researched, designed and wrote content for a course now offered in the Master of Multimedia Degree Program through the Graduate School of Business. The Course is "CMNS6010 Multimedia Applications in Public Relations and Corporate Communication". Course Modules include: Organisational Communication; Multimedia Technologies & Mediation; Power Relationships & Discourse Analysis; Corporate Identity & Audience; Multifunctional Media Tools; Textual Analysis of Multimedia Design; Multimedia Literacy & Cultural Capital.

Examiner for 5 Communication Honours students.


Teaching keywords

  • Audience Studies
  • Core Communication & Media Theories
  • Journalism & Public Relations Discourses
  • Theoretical Contexts of Design & Technology
  • Visual Communication & Technology for Print
  • Web & Digital Applications

Teaching expertise

Communication & Media Theory - core (100 level) theoretical program underpinning Bachelor of Communciation Degree Program; Journalism & Public Relations Discourses & Professional Practice - compulsory 300 level theory for Journalism & Public Relations Majors; Theoretical Contexts for the Application of Design & Technology; Visual Communication Theories; Print & Digital Image & Multimedia Technologies - each a core (100 level) course for the Visual Communication Design Degree Program.



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2013Sandner JA, Stobbs N, 'Cross-cultural relationship management of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian (MMP) rugby league players in the Newcastle Knights National Rugby League Club: A relational approach to recruitment, induction and support mechanisms', Football and Communities Across Codes, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford UK 53-68 (2013) [B1]

Conference (3 outputs)

2010Sandner JA, 'Collaborative cultural production: Generative processes of participation in textual creation', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2005Sandner JA, 'Perceiving People and Places through Texts: Interpretation, Communication and Representation', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, Universtiy of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
2004Sandner JA, 'Communication and Community: Textual Representations of Authentic Cultural Identities', Proceedings of Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2003, Newcastle (2004) [E2]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$36,921

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2008 (1 grants)

Space-Interaction-Discourse, Aaloborg University Denmark, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Judith Sandner
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2005 (1 grants)

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$34,421
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Judith Sandner
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Principal SupervisorConstructing Asylum Seeker Discourse: Political Rhetoric in Media Reporting
20132017PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorUnderstanding Maori and Pacific Islander Cultures in Australia's National Rugby League
20132017PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Principal SupervisorRepresentations of Islam: A Comparative Study in Australian Newspapers
20112019PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Principal SupervisorDislocation and Belonging: Investigating the Cultural Identities of Intercountry Adoptees through Narratives about Self
20112017PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorThe Journalist: A Secular Priest? How the News Criteria or Values of 'Secular' Journalistic Practice are Applied to Religious Issues in Contemporary Australia
20082012PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorTrue Stories about Tall Tales: A Study of Creativity and Cultural Production in Contemporary Australian Children's Picture Books

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorCreative Documentary Practice: Internalising the Systems Model of Creativity Through Documentary Video and Online Practice
2010PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-Supervisor'I Heart Mobile Phone' A Discursive Study of Identity Processes through Mobile Phone Communication

Dr Judith Sandner

Work Phone(02) 4921 7474
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School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCommunication
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University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308