Professor Sue Turnbull
Position: Senior Professor, Communication & Media
Phone: + 61 2 4239 2392
- PhD (La Trobe);
- MA (Toronto);
- BA Honours (London);
- PGCE (Cambs)
Originally from the North East of England, Sue Turnbull taught English, Drama and Film in a range of secondary schools in England and America before embarking on her academic career at La Trobe University in 1985. Here she completed her Ph.D in media and education, involving a year long ethnographic study of young women and their media use in the western suburbs of Melbourne. In 2011, Sue relocated to the University of Wollongong as Professor of Communication and Media and is currently Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries cluster that includes Media, Journalism and Graphic Design. Sue is a regular commentator on media issues in the media, is a much sought after public speaker and panellist on a range of media topics , and has for many years been the crime fiction reviewer for Fairfax press. She is a national convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia and has been a judge for the Victorian Premier Literary Awards, the Age Book of the Year and the Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime fiction.
Sue's research interests cover a range of topics including media audience research, television studies in general, and the representation of crime in the media. She is former editor of the academic journal, Media International Australia, and is currently joint editor of Participations, the journal of Audience and Reception Studies with Professor Martin Barker at the University of Aberystwyth. Her current research projects include the ARC Linkage Project, Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television, lead by Professor Kate Darian Smith at the University of Melbourne, and the ARC Discovery project, Border-Crossings: The Transnational Success of the Television Crime Dama that will involve travel to the UK, to Sweden, France and Canada in 2016. Sue is also part of an International research team exploring the transnational success of Danish crime drama series, lead by Professor Anne-Marett Wade at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Sue is also writing a book about the study of Media Audiences in an evolving media landscape for the Palgrave Macmillan series, Key Concerns in Media Studies.
- Turnbull, Sue, The Television Crime Drama, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, June 2014.
- Cunningham, Stuart and Turnbull, Sue (eds.), The Media and Communication in Australia, 4th edition, Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2014.
- Darian-Smith, Kate and Turnbull, Sue, Remembering Television: Histories, Technologies, Memories, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
- Wilcox, Rhonda and Turnbull, Sue (eds.), Investigating Veronica Mars, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company Press, 2011.
- 'Top Dogs and Other Freaks: Wentworth and the Re-imaging of Prisoner Cell Block H, in Women Behaving Badly, Milly Buannano (ed.), Intellect Books (forthcoming 2016).
- 'Border Crossing: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama' in Law's Popular Cultures, Marett Leiboff and Cassandra Sharp (eds.), Routledge: London, 2015 (95–112).
- ‘Imagining the Audience’ in The Media and Communication in Australia, Stuart Cunningham and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2014, (59–72).
- Cunningham, Stuart and Sue Turnbull, 'Introduction: The Media and Communications Today' in The Media and Communication in Australia, Stuart Cunningham and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Crows nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2014, (1–12).
- Darian Smith, Kate and Sue Turnbull, ‘Remembering and Misremembering Television’ in Remembering Television, Kate Darian Smith and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 (1–13).
- ‘A Gap in the Records’ in Remembering Television, Kate Darian Smith and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 (17–29).
- Wilcox, Rhonda V. and Sue Turnbull, 'Introduction. Canonical Veronica: veronica Mars and Vintage Television' in Investigating Veronica Mars, Rhonda Wilcox and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company Press, 2011 (1–22).
- ‘Performance in Veronica Mars’ in Investigating Veronica Mars, Rhonda Wilcox and Sue Turnbull (eds.), Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company Press, 2011 (35–48).
- Lee, Terence and Turnbull, Sue. 'Parochial Internationalism: Publication in Australia', Communication Research and Practice, 1: 3, 2015, (210–217).
- Turnbull, Sue and Hanson, Stephanie. 'Affect, Upset and the Self: Memories of Television in Australia', Media International Australia, No 157, November 2015, (144–152)
- 'Trafficking in TV Crime: Remaking Broadchurch', Continuum, 29: 5, 2015 (706-717).
- ‘A Suitable Job for a Woman: Women, Work and Crime’, Continuum, 28:2, 2014 (226–234).
- Penman, Robyn and Sue Turnbull, ‘Socially Inclusive Processes: New Opportunities with New Media’, Media International Australia, No 142, February 2012 (74–86).
- Penman, Robyn and Sue Turnbull, ‘From listening… into the dialogic realities of participatory democracy’, Continuum, 26:1, 2012 (61-72).
- Review Essay: ‘Law and Order, Cracker, Prime Suspect’, Screen, 52, 2011 (549–553).
Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision
- TV Studies;
- Audience research;
- the representations of crime in the media and in crime fiction.
- Alison Bell (with Dr Ika Willis). 'Sex and the City: Adapataion, Characters and Audiences'
- Alexandra Bretisameter (with Dr Nicola Evans). 'The Representation of Ageing'
- Travis Hlolland (with Dr Ted Mitew). Participatory Government and Local Media in Australia.
- Ruomeng Li (with Dr Ted Mitew). 'Blue Sky Thinking: Social media and the Pollution Debate in China'
- Elise Payne (With Dr Ika Wllis). ''"They Too Should have a Case" : Characters, Ways of Reading, and Meaning in Women's Serial Crime Fiction
- Leigh Redhead (with Professor Cathy Cole). 'Lurid, Lonely and Lawless': In Search of Australian Noir'
- 2016 Visiting Fellow, University of Hertfordshire, UK. (September–October)
- 2005 Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London University, (April–June).
- 2001 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, June.
- Professional membership
- Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
- International Communication Association
Competitive Research Funding
- 2016–18 ARC Discovery: Border Crossing: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama, CI Prof Sue Turnbull, DP1600102510 ($148,000)
- 2015–18 ARC Linkage: Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia, Prof Kate Darian-Smith, Prof Sue Turnbull, Dr Sukhmani Khorana, ARC LInkage Partners: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Museum of Melbourne, LP150100202 ($222,000)
- 2014–18 What Makes Danish TV Series Travel? FKK Project lead by Associate Professor Anne Marit Waade, Aarhus University, Denmark, Danish Council for Independent Research. Role: International Collaborator.
- 2008–12 ARC Discovery: Australian Television and Popular Memory, Prof John Hartley, Prof Graeme Turner, Prof Alan McKee, Prof Susan Turnbull, Assoc-Prof Chris Healy, DP0879596 ($272,000).
- 2006–08 ARC Discovery: Australian Screen Comedy, Dr Felicity Collins, Associate Professor Susan Turnbull, Dr Susan Bye, DP DP0662929 ($297,350).