Dr Christopher Scanlon
Academic Director, Learning Focus Area Hub
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
David Myers Building (Central) Level 2, Melbourne (Bundoora)
BA (Hons –UTAS), PhD (Monash)
Area of study
Christopher has a PhD in politics from Monash University. He is a journalist and researcher. His current research interests include programming and digital journalism, social media and online audience analytics.
Dr Christopher Scanlon is a writer and commentator whose work has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Punch, The Courier-Mail, The Canberra Times, Crikey, Business Spectator, The Monthly, Overland and Arena Magazine. From 1999–2007, Christopher was a co-editor of Arena Magazine and online editor of Arena until 2009. Prior to joining La Trobe in 2008, Christopher worked at RMIT University's Globalism Institute, conducting research on the links between participation in community and health and wellbeing as part of an ARC linkage project. In 2004, Christopher graduated from Monash University with a PhD in politics. Christopher developed and is Production Editor of www.upstart.net.au, a magazine for emerging journalists.
Christopher has a PhD in politics from Monash University. His research work has appeared in leading academic journals. He has spoken at international conferences in Cambridge, San Francisco, Sarajevo and Durban. His current research interests include convergence journalism, and social media and online audience analytics.
Christopher is a practicing journalist who has written features, essays, opinion and review articles on topics as diverse as the politics of the science of happiness to whether Twilight’s Edward Cullen is a psychopath. His work regularly appears in Australia’s largest newspapers and magazines, including The Age, Daily Life, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Courier-Mail, and Crikey. He has also written for national political and cultural magazines such as The Monthly, RealTime, Overland and Arena Magazine. He is the author of monographs, book chapters and journal articles.
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
- Convergence Journalism
- Social media technologies
- Technology as applied to journalism
- Web and mobile production practices and techniques
Communications and Media Policy
- Australian and UK politics and media policy
- Cultural and ideological critique
- Social and political theory
Scanlon C, 2015, 'Five hard question every dad should prepare themselves to answer', Daily Life, 29 January
Scanlon C, 2014, 'Happiness™', Overland, 214, Summer
Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Online vs face-to-face learning: why can’t we have both?', The Conversation, 20 November
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Why I won't call my daughter "gifted"', Daily Life, 18 November
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'CEO quit his job to be a dad and the response is troubling', Daily Life, 30 September
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'The one thing all dads can do to boost their daughter's ambition', Daily Life, 28 September
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Why I don't call my daughter "Princess"', Daily Life, 20 August
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'I have daughters and I don’t want you to feel sorry for me', Daily Life, 16 July
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Wired for happiness? Evolutionary psychology falls short of science', The Conversation, 20 March
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Bogans and hipsters: we’re talking the living language of class', The Conversation, 24 February
- Scanlon, C, 2014, 'Australia Day: is nationalism really so bad?', The Conversation, 26 January
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘Police checks on IVF patients add to the pain’, The Age, 27 September.
- Jelley, R and Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘Giving it away for free: sharing really is caring in the open education movement’, The Conversation, 7 June.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘A dad's guide to Mother's Day’, Daily Life, 10 May.
- Scanlon, C. 2013. ‘How happy is Australia?’, Daily Life, 5 May.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘Girls and sport’, Daily Life, 30 April.
- Scanlon, C. 2013. ‘Being Angry At Work’, Daily Life, 4 March.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘How should men act around children?’, Daily Life, 28 February.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘A man's guide to IVF’, Daily Life, 17 February.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘Is Aussie pride racist?’, Daily Life, 25 January.
- Scanlon, C, 2013, ‘Using work to escape from fatherhood’, Daily Life, 15 January.
- Scanlon, C. 2012. ‘Why you're always matched with douchebags online’, Daily Life, 27 August.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘When women propose’, Daily Life, 17 December.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘This is what good parenting looks like’, Daily Life, 3 September.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘Why study journalism? Because web audiences want quality, too’, Sydney Morning Herald, July 18.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘Young people are rubbish at everything’, Daily Life, 9 July.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘So you want to set up your own TV channel?’, Daily Life, 22 June.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘An education in elitism’, Daily Life, 6 June.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘Academics find putting on a happy face not always such fun’, The Age, 30 March.
- Scanlon, C, 2012, ‘The drug plug dilemma’, The Drum, 1 March.
- Scanlon, C 2011, ‘Under-appreciated computer whiz left enduring legacy’, The Age, 25 October.
- Scanlon, C 2011, 'Mad, bad romance', Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October.
- James, P, Humpherys, K, Mulligan, M, Scanlon C, Smith, P & Welch, N 2006, Creating Community: Celebrations, Arts and Wellbeing within and across Local Communities, Globalism Institute, Melbourne
- Grenfell, D, Trembath, A & Scanlon, C 2005, Challenges and Possibilities: International Organisations and Women in Timor-Leste, Forum Report, Melbourne, October
- Mulligan M, with James P, Ziguras, & Scanlon, C 2004, Creating Resilient Communities: A Comparative Study of 'Sense of Place' and Community Wellbeing in Daylesford and Broadmeadows. A Report of an Investigation into the Impacts of Globalisation on Social Connectedness in Victorian Communities, Globalism Institute, Melbourne
- Ziguras, C, Reinke, L and Scanlon, C 2002, 'Trends in Education for the Book Industry: Australian and International Experiences', in Bill Cope and Robin Freeman, eds. Developing 'Knowledge Workers' in the Printing and Publishing Industries, Common Ground, Altona,
Refereed journal articles
- Scanlon, C & Singh, M 2006, 'Theorising the decline of linguistic diversity', International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 182
- Singh, M & Scanlon, C 2003, 'Managing risks and opportunities in multilingual knowledge economies: The possibilities of ethical investment movement to sustaining biolinguistic diversity', 3L Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature, 8
- Scanlon, C 2001, 'A step to the Left, or just a jump to the Right? Making sense of the Third Way in government and governance', Australian Journal of Political Science, 36, 3
- Scanlon, C 2000, 'The network of moral sentiments: The Third Way and community', Arena Journal, 15
- Scanlon, C, 2010, ‘A Nation Tweeting to Itself’, paper presented at the ‘Sharing Our Common Wealth Cultural Institutions’, 41st Annual Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 18–19 November.
- Zion, L and Scanlon, C, 2010, ‘Teaching digital best ethical practice: the challenge and opportunity for journalism education’, paper presented at the Journalism Education Association Conference University of Technology, Sydney, November 24–26.
- Zion, L and Scanlon, C, 2009, ‘Starting upstart’, paper presented at the Journalism Education Association Conference, Burswood Intercontinental Hotel, Perth, 30 November–2 December 2
#ozelection: a nation tweeting to itself A Twitter–Google Map mash-up http://www.upstart.net.au/ozelection/ — 2010