“I’ve always been passionate about applying my research - I don’t think ideas should be left to shine on an academic shelf.”
“I care deeply about gender equality and protecting women and children from violence. As a former journalist and observer of our media landscape I am also intrigued by the opportunites that social media gives us to have an open conversation about who we are and what’s important.”
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Professor Catharine Lumby is the author and co-author of six books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is writing a literary biography of the author Frank Moorhouse for Allen and Unwin.
Catharine writes a regular column for The Guardian. She also a longstanding social commentator on radio and television.
Catharine delivers talks and workshops to schools for educators, parents and young people on social media, ethics and respectful relationships.
Since 2004, Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players. Before entering academia in 2000, she was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine.
She was the foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at Sydney University and the foundation Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW.
She joined Macquarie University in 2013. She has been the recipient of eight Australian Research Council grants and has completed research projects for organisations as diverse as Google Australia, the Australian Communication and Media Authority, the Australian Sports Commission and the National Rugby League. She sits on the Council of the National Museum of Australia.