Dr Christopher

Dr Christopher Scanlon

Chair, Teaching and Learning, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

David Myers Building (Central) Level 2, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons –UTAS), PhD (Monash)



Area of study


Brief profile

Chris holds a PhD in Politics from Monash University and is a respected journalist, researcher and academic. In 2013 Chris received an OLT National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for his work in developing www.upstart.net.au, a magazine for emerging journalists. 

Since joining La Trobe in 2008 Chris has served as Academic Director of the Learning Focus Area and Associate Dean (Academic) in the former Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Between 1999-2009 he served as both a co-editor and the online editor of the highly regarded Arena Magazine and his freelance writing has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Canberra Times, Crikey, Business Spectator, The Monthly, Overland and Arena Magazine.  

Christopher has a PhD in politics from Monash University. He is a journalist and researcher. His current research interests include digital literacy, the digital humanities, entrepreneurship in the curriculum.

Recent publications

Older publications


  • 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


    Book chapters

  • 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


    Conference papers

  • 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

Research projects

#ozelection: a nation tweeting to itself A Twitter–Google Map mash-up http://www.upstart.net.au/ozelection/ — 2010