Associate Professor Kath Albury

BAComm (Hons) (University of Technology, Sydney), PhD (UNSW)Current study: MEd, Adult Education (University of Technology, Sydney)
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 8533
+61 2 9385 6812
Room RM 231F, L2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Communication and Media Studies
Tags: Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified, The Media, Social Ethics, Cultural Understanding, Gender and Sexualities, Mobile Telephone Networks and Services

Kath’s work explores theoretical and applied understandings of mediated sexual self-representation, sexual sub-cultures and alternative sex practices, young people’s mediated sexual cultures, and the primary prevention of sexual violence. Her current research projects focus young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning.

Since 2001, Kath has been a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants, and a Lead Investigator on an ARC Centre of Excellence grant and an ARC Linkage collaboration with Family Planning NSW. She has also successfully coordinated a commissioned research collaboration with the NSW Health Department’s STI Programs Unit, and undertaken a Researcher in Business placement funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

 

Research

Kath’s research draws on media studies and cultural studies methodologies to focus on gender, sexuality, sexual ethics and sexual learning. Her work explores theoretical and applied understandings of mediated sexual self-representation, sexual sub-cultures and alternative sex practices, young people’s mediated sexual cultures, and the primary prevention of sexual violence. Her current research projects focus young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning. Kath currently leads the Digital Cultures node of the UNSW Media Research Network. Kath is a member of the international Selfies Research Network, and co-authored the Creative Commons Selfies Syllabus in 2014.

Since 2001, Kath has been a Chief Investigator on three Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants, and a Lead Investigator on an ARC Centre of Excellence grant and an ARC Linkage collaboration with Family Planning NSW. She has also successfully coordinated a commissioned research collaboration with the NSW Health Department’s STI Programs Unit, and undertaken a Researcher in Business placement funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Kath was a member of Australian Research Council Cultural Research Network from 2007 to 2010, and was a member of the British Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Onscenity (Sex, Commerce, Media and Technology in Contemporary Society) Research Group from 2010 to 2012. She has been a member of the NSW Health Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and STIs, Health Promotion Sub Committee since 2004. 

Teaching Role and Interests

Kath currently teaches in the areas of digital technologies and cultures; contemporary media; and sport, media and culture.

In 2015, Kath lead UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, focused on innovation and entrepreneurship as graduate attributes for media students, in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.

She is also a community educator and facilitator, and has worked with the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS’ Treataware project since 1996. She has designed and delivered primary prevention sexual ethics programs for the Australian National Rugby League and other organisations.

Publications

    Books

    • Mckee A; Albury KM; Lumby CA, 2008, The Porn Report, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

    Book Chapters

    • Albury KM; Lumby C; McKee A; Hugman S, 2017, 'Ethical Issues in qualitative research addressing sensitive issues with children and young people', in Grealy L; Driscoll C; Hickey-Moody A (ed.), Youth and Technology: Pleasure and governance, Routledge, Oxon
    • Albury KM, 2017, 'Heterosexual casual sex: from Free Love to Tinder', in Smith C; Attwood F; McNair B; Egan D (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality
    • Albury KM, 2016, 'The Politics of Sexting Revisited', in McCosker A; Vivienne S; Johns A (ed.), Negotiating Digital Citizenship:control, contest and culture, Rowman and Littlefield
    • Albury KM; Marwick A; Leaver T; Senft T; Walker Rettberg J, 2016, 'The Selfie Course: More than a MOOC', in Bennett R; Kent M (ed.), Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education: Where to Next?, Ashgate
    • Albury KM, 2016, 'Introduction: Sexualities, Education and the Media', in Aggleton P (ed.), Education and Sexualities, Routledge
    • Albury KM; McKee A, 2016, 'Sexual Cultures, Entertainment Media and Communication Technologies', in Allen L; Rasmussen M (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education
    • Albury KM; Hasinoff A; Senft T, 2016, 'From media abstinence to media production: sexting, young people and education', in Allen L; Rasmussen M (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, Palgrave Macmillan
    • Albury KM, 2016, 'Sexting, Schools and Surveillance: Mediated Sexuality in the Classroom', in Browne K; Brown G (ed.), Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities, edn. 1, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 359 - 368, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Research-Companion-to-Geographies-of-Sex-and-Sexualities/Brown-Browne/p/book/9781472455482
    • Albury KM; De Wit J; Adam, P; Hemelryk Donald S; Vandebosch H; Baastiens S; Van Royen K; Vermeulen A, 2015, 'Engaging adolescents in narrative research and interventions on cyberbullying.', in Lind RA (ed.), Producing theory in a digital world 2.0: The intersection of audiences and production in contemporary theory (Volume 2), edn. 1st, Peter Lang, Berlin, pp. 229 - 246
    • Albury KM, 2014, 'Pornography', in Griffen Foley B (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, edn. 1st, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 343 - 345
    • Albury KM, 2014, 'Anti-Retro Spectro 1996-1999: Chin Wag: treatments education, cabaret, collaboration', in Rule J (ed.), Through Our Eyes: Thirty years of people living with HIV responding to HIV, National Association of People with HIV Australia, pp. 70 - 72
    • Albury KM; Lumby CA, 2010, 'Sport, sex and politics', in Cunningham S; Turner G (ed.), The media & communications in Australia, edn. 3rd ed., Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., pp. 285 - 294
    • Albury KM, 2004, 'Pornography', in Hawkes G; Scott J (ed.), Perspectives in Human Sexuality, Oxford University Press
    • Albury KM, 2003, 'The Ethics of Porn on the Net', in Lumby C; Probyn E (ed.), Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics, edn. 1, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne

    Journal articles

    • Albury KM, 2017, 'Just because it's public, doesn't mean that it's any of your business: discourses of adult's and children's sexual rights in digitally mediated spaces', New Media and Society
    • Albury KM; Byron P, 2016, 'Safe on my phone? Same-sex-attracted young people’s negotiations of intimacy, visibility and risk on digital hookup apps', Social Media and Society
    • Albury KM, 2015, 'Selfies, sexts and sneaky hats: young people’s understandings of gendered practices of self-representation', International Journal of Communication, vol. 9, pp. 1734 - 1745, http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3132/1396
    • Albury KM, 2015, '‘iloveclaude.com: pornographic vernacular in safer sex promotion for women’', Porn Studies, vol. 2, no. 2/3, pp. 222 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2015.1052938
    • Albury KM, 2015, 'Identity-plus?: bi-curiousity, sexual adventurism, and the boundaries of ‘straight’ sexual practices and identities’', Sexualities: studies in culture and society, vol. 18, no. 5/6, pp. 649 - 664, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460714561672
    • Albury KM; Byron P, 2014, 'Queering Sexting and Sexualisation', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, no. 153, pp. 138 - 147, http://www.uq.edu.au/mia/2014-issues#153
    • Albury KM, 2014, 'Pornography and sex education, pornography as sex education', Porn Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 172 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2013.863654
    • Albury K; Carmody M; Evers C; Lumby C, 2011, 'Playing by the rules: Researching, teaching and learning sexual ethics with young men in the Australian National Rugby League', Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 339 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2011.590332
    • McKee A; Albury K; Dunne M; Grieshaber S; Hartley J; Lumby C; Mathews B, 2010, 'Healthy Sexual Development: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Research', International Journal of Sexual Health, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 14 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19317610903393043
    • Albury KM; Lumby C, 2010, 'Too much? Too young?: The sexualisation of children debate in Australia', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, no. 135, pp. 56 - 60
    • Albury KM, 2009, 'Reading porn reparatively', Sexualities: studies in culture and society, vol. 12, pp. 647 - 653
    • Lumby CA; Albury KM, 2008, 'Homer versus Homer: Digital Media, Literacy and Child Protection', Media International Australia, vol. 128, pp. 80 - 87
    • Albury KM, 2001, 'Full-Body-Mega-Kundalinigasm: `sacred` sex and sexual politics', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 15, pp. 201 - 215
    • Albury KM, 1999, 'Instant sexpert: Academic experts and media experience', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, pp. 55 - 63
    • Albury KM, 1999, 'Spaceship triple J: Making the national youth network', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, pp. 55 - 66
    • Albury KM, 1998, 'Spanking stories: Writing and reading bad female heterosex', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 12, pp. 55 - 68

    Conference Papers

    • Albury KM; Funnell N; Noonan E, 2010, 'The politics of sexting: young people, self-representation and citizenship', in Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Media, Democracy and Change, Old Parliament House, K. McCallum, pp. 1 - 10, presented at Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Canberra, 7 - 9 July 2010, http://www.anzca.net/conferences/conference-papers.html

    Reports

    • Albury KM; Byron P, 2015, Rethinking media and sexuality education:research report, UNSW, Sydney
    • Albury KM; Crawford K; Byron P; Mathews B, 2013, Young people and sexting in Australia: ethics, representation and the law, Final Report, ARC CCI at UNSW, Sydney

    Other

    • Ford H (ed.), 2016, Thinking with selfies, Ethnography Matters, http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2016/04/04/thinking-with-selfies/
    • Albury KM, 2015, How to get a job, The Walkley Foundation, Sydney, The Walkley Magazine
    • Carmody M; Willis K; Albury KM, 2015, NRL Respectful Relationships Sex & Ethics Educators Program Manual, Full Stop Foundation, Sydney

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Albury KM, 2006, Impure Relations: Pornography, Feminism and Ethical Hetrosex, PhD Thesis

Teaching

Kath currently convenes the subjects Understanding Contemporary Media and Sport, Media and Culture in the Master of Journalism and Communication program.

She is also a community educator and facilitator, and has worked with community organisations including National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS’ Treataware project since 1996. She has designed and delivered primary prevention sexual ethics programs for the Australian National Rugby League and other organisations.

Honours and prizes

UNSW GoldStar Award, 2015, 2009

UNSW Staff Excellence Award, Excellence in Community Engagement, 2010

Affiliations and membership

Kath leads the Digital Cultures ode of the UNSW Media Research Network, and is a UNSW representative on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. She was a member of Australian Research Council Cultural Research Network from 2007 to 2010, and was a member of the British Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Onscenity (Sex, Commerce, Media and Technology in Contemporary Society) Research Group from 2010 to 2012. She was been a member of the NSW Health Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and STIs, Health Promotion Sub Committee from 2004 -2013. 

 

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