Associate Professor Rob Cover
Started at UWA: 2012
Awarded the first ever ARC award for work on gender and sexuality in media, 2017
UWA Teaching Award High Commendation, 2015
UWA Teaching Fellowship Award: $20,000 project fund, 2014
There’s plenty of action on TV but sex doesn’t sell on big screen
Movie stars are no longer steaming up the silver screen in droves as film studios pour cold water on the idea that sex sells.Read more
Respecting choice first step for media
How journalists should report transgender issues, and ensure they treat trans-people with respect, was the subject of a special Women in Media panel discussion this week.Read more
Dr Cover has received research funding from various sources. Most recently, these include:
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project schemes DP15 (2015-18) and DP18 (2018-20)
- Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund (2018-19)
- Consultancy funds for projects investigating the present and future public understanding and awareness or health information in Australia, and for organisations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere
Queer Generations: belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth
In the context of well-documented threats to the mental health and wellbeing of minority young people, this Australian Research Council Discovery project (2015-18) examines the experiences of two different generations of Australian minority youth and the health, educational, media and peer sources of support found to be most useful.
Gender and Sexual Diversity on Australian Screens
This Australian Research Discovery project (2018-20) investigates the cultural, health and identity impact of gender/sexually diverse characters, themes and narratives in Australian film and television (1990 to present). Providing the first comprehensive account of Australian media production’s contribution to sexual minority representation, it generates new knowledge for health service providers, educators and the film/television creative artists by understanding the importance of this media for health identities, as well as for social change, acceptance of diversity, and social harmony in Australia.
Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing
In implementing the United Nations’ sustainable development goal, ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’, it is important for health promotion, service provision and advocacy to address how changing communication methods (e.g. digital networks) and new social attitudes (e.g. populism) contribute to a problematic anti-expert, anti-medical and anti-vaccination discourse. This is gaining popularity and has substantial negative health impacts on individuals and communities. At the same time, narrow health solutions (such as some pharmaceutical solutions) discourage patients and the general population from embracing an educated, embodied, whole-of-life-course approach to health and wellbeing.
Led by UWA and funded by the Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund (2018-19), this project brings together scholars, health service providers and policy advocates from eight countries to develop frameworks for responding to health communication crises.
Education should never be about just content delivery. It should be working together with students on projects that have real-world meaning and that enhance future prospects; those are things I strive for in every class I teach. Associate Professor Rob Cover
Dr Cover has supervised PhD students since 2008, covering topics such as:
- LGBTQ, gender and sexual diversity in relation to media, health, society and politics
- Migrant representation in the media
- Philosophic and ethical approaches to addressing the detention of refugees and asylum seekers
- Fan fiction and digital media
- Health, bodies and exercise among contemporary young people and media.
Dr Cover welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students in any area of his research, particularly those areas related to health communication, gender and sexuality, sociology, and ethics. Contact Dr Cover using the details below to discuss further.
Master of Strategic Communication
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Communication and Media Studies
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Migration and mobilities
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Media and Communication
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