Doctor Tanya Notley

Doctor Tanya Notley

Communications (SoHCA)


I am a Lecturer in Internet Studies and Digital Media in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and I am researcher with the Institute for Culture and Society and the Digital Humanities Research Group

I've been working as a digital media producer, trainer and researcher since 1998. During this time, I have primarily worked in the UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and Australia with social justice and human rights organisations, community media centres and online media initiatives, and with the tertiary education sector. My research is focused on understanding how communication technology and network use impacts upon social and cultural participation, public accountability and transparency, education and learning, human rights and social justice and most recently, on the natural environment. To investigate these issues I use participatory, ethnographic, action and applied research methodologies. 

Currently I'm carrying out research with a number of human rights organisations about translation and activism, the use of evidence in human rights and designing communication initiatives for social impact. I'm also collaborating on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery project about data centers, labour and territory (with a team led by Brett Neilsen and Ned Rossiter) and on a project focused on assessing digital capacities, funded by Google Australia (with a team led by Associate Proffesor Amanda Third). I have recently co-edited three special issue journals about social life and communication technologies with Global Media Journal (December 2013), The Australian Journal of Anthropology (August 2014) and Fibreculture Journal (2015) and I am an editor of Global Media Journal, Australia edition

I am a Research Adviser for the Tactical Technology Collective, an organisation dedicated to the use of information in rights advocacy and a Project Advisory Board member for ‘Rights of the Child in the Digital Age Project’ led by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Center, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and UNICEF.

I was awarded my PhD in 2009 from the Queensland University of Technology. My thesis examined young people's uses and experiences of digital technologies and critiqued relevant Australian government policies. This work has contributed to the development of a number of state and national policies and programs. I have an MA in Social Change and Development and a BA in Communication (both from the University of Newcastle). 

Twitter: @tattinot

Publications are available here.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Notley.


  • PhD Queensland University of Technology
  • MSocChg & Dev University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • BA Comm Stdies University of Newcastle (NSW)


  • Masters Scholarship from the University of Newcastle 2001-04-01
  • PhD Scholarship from the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (ici) at Queensland University of Technology 2006-04-01

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communications (SoHCA)


Location: EQ.G.27

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101040 Approaches to Communication, 2012
  • 101926 Media Cultures and Industries, 2013
  • 101961 Strategic Communication, 2013
  • 101743 Mobile Media, 2013
  • 101925 Mediated Mobilities, 2013
  • 101545 Strategic Communication, 2014
  • 101926 Media Cultures and Industries, 2014


Chapters in Books

  • Notley, T. and Crosby, A. (2014), 'Transmedia activism : exploring the possibilities in West Papua', Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882614.
  • Notley, T. and Hankey, S. (2013), 'Human rights defenders and the right to digital privacy and security', Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use, IGI Global 9781466619180.
  • Notley, T. (2012), '?Que herramientas necesitamos las ONG para incorporar un nuevo modelo de comunicacion basado en la participacion?', #ParadigmaTIC@s: Comunicacion y Cultura Digital en las ONG de Desarrollo, Coordinadora de ONG para el Desarrollo-Espana .
  • Notley, T. and Faith, B. (2010), 'Mobiles in-a-box : developing a toolkit with grassroots human rights advocates', SMS Uprisings: Mobile activism in Africa, Fahamu Books and Pamazuka Press 1906387354.
  • Singh, N. and Notley, T. (2009), 'A strategy for making media', Message in-a-box: tools and tactics for communicating your cause, Tactical Technology Collective 9788190882156.

Journal Articles

  • Notley, T. and Webb-Gannon, C. (2016), 'Visual evidence from above : assessing the value of earth observation satellites for supporting human rights', Fibreculture Journal, , no 27 .
  • Reading, A. and Notley, T. (2015), 'The materiality of globital memory : bringing the cloud to earth', Continuum, vol 29, no 4 , pp 511 - 521.
  • Shea, P., Notley, T. and Burgess, J. (2015), 'Entanglements : activism and technology : editorial', The Fibreculture Journal, vol 26 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Marshall, J. and Notley, T. (2014), 'Communication technology and social life : transformation and continuity, order and disorder', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 127 - 137.
  • Crosby, A. and Notley, T. (2014), 'Using video and online subtitling to communicate across languages from West Papua', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 138 - 154.
  • Notley, T., Salazar, J. and Crosby, A. (2013), 'Online video translation and subtitling : examining emerging practices and their implications for media activism in South East Asia', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 7, no 1 .
  • Stein, L., Notley, T. and Davis, S. (2012), 'Transnational networking and capacity building for communication activism', Global Media Journal : Australian Edition, vol 6, no 2 .
  • Notley, T. (2009), 'The role of online networks in supporting young people's social inclusion', Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol 14, no 4 , pp 1208 - 1227.
  • Notley, T. (2009), 'Restricted access : young people, online networks and school', Teacher: The National Education Magazine, , pp 6 - 11.
  • Notley, T. (2008), 'Online network use in schools : social and educational opportunities', Youth Studies Australia, vol 27, no 3 , pp 20 - 27.
  • Notley, T. and Foth, M. (2008), 'Extending Australia's digital divide policy : an examination of the value of social inclusion and social capital policy frameworks', Australian Social Policy, vol 7, no na , pp 87 - 110.
  • Notley, T. and Tacchi, J. (2005), 'Online Youth Networks: Researching the Experiences of 'Peripheral' Young People in Using New Media Tools for Creative Participation and Representation', 3CMedia. Journal of Community, Citizen's and Third Sector Media, vol 1, no 1 , pp 73 - 81.

Conference Papers

  • Hartley, J. and Notley, T. (2005), 'User-led Content and Self-creating Communities: History Repeating Itself? Understanding 'Internet Radio' in the Context of the Development of Radio.', Radio in the World: Radio Conference 2005, August 2005, RMIT University, Melbourne, Melbourne.
  • Notley, T. and Tacchi, J. (2005), 'The creative potential of new media technologies: Youth Internet Radio Network.', The 2005 Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Perth, Australia., Perth.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Video for Change: Creating and Measuring Social Impact: A Working Paper by the Video4Change Network', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Invisible City Project Website', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Engaging New Audiences: A Guide for Think Tanks', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Video for Change Impact Evaluation Scoping Study: A Summary of Key Research Findings', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Evidence & Influence Micromagazine', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Extreme Poverty Policies of Donors in Bangladesh: An Overview', Research Report
  • 2009, '10 tactics for turning information into action. Research, project management and film script by Tanya Notley.', Published Work



Internet rights and governance, telecommunications and media policy, communication and activism, development communication, new media convergence, mobile communication, participatory and action research.


Digital communication and advocacy, strategtic communication, documentary production, visualising information, new media research methods, digital storytelling, radio production.

Currently/Recently Funded Research Projects 

2015-2016. 'The Video4Change Impact Toolkit (Stage 2)'. UWS Consultancy with Engagemedia and in partnership with the Video for Change Network with matched funding from UWS (

2014-2015. 'The Video4Change Impact Toolkit (Stage 1)'. UWS Consultancy with Engagemedia and in partnership with the Video for Change Network (

2012-2013. 'Assessing Impact in Video for Change Initiatives'. Consultancy with Engagemedia and in partnership with the Video for Change Network (

2012-2013. 'Investigating translation practices in video activism across the Asia-Pacific.' (with Juan Salazar). Funded by the UWS Digital Media Research initiative. 

2011-2013. 'Strengthening and Securing Net Activism: Enabling actors for change to increase the free flow of information and Freedom of Expression online' (Tactical Technology Collective). Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. (I co-authored this project and acted as a Research Associate during its implementation.)

This information has been contributed by Doctor Notley.

Current Projects

Title: Digital Capacity Index: Measuring the Digital Capacity of Australian Families
Years: 2015-10-15 - 2016-10-14
ID: P00022941
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Paul James, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Justine Humphry and Louise Crabtree
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Title: Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory
Years: 2016-06-30 - 2020-05-31
ID: P00022589
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter and Tanya Notley
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Engaging Creativity Through Technologies P2:P2
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2016-12-25
ID: P00021345
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson, Peter Bansel, Tanya Notley, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro and Milissa Deitz
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)

Previous Projects

Title: The Video4Change Community and Impact Toolkit [via EngageMedia]
Years: 2014-01-03 - 2015-11-30
ID: P00021936
Western Researchers: Tanya Notley
  • Oak Foundation


Doctor Notley is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Communication Rights and Media Policies in Argentina: an Ethnographic Approach
Field of Research:
Title: Framing Welfare, Defining Poverty: Social Media, Welfare Reform and Single Mothers in Australian Politics
Field of Research:


Title: Evidence & Influence Micro-Magazine
Description: As co-editor of this four-part series I wrote and edited numerous articles. The four issues are: Environment + Justice; Gender + Violence; Transparency + Accountability; Protest.
Title: Rare earths and our insatiable appetite for digital memory
Description: Published in The Conversation, November 2013
Title: Why digital privacy and security are important for development
Description: Article published in the Guardian Magazine, August 2011
Title: Video for Change and Impact
Description: I blog on this topic as part of the Video4Change network

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