Dr Cate Dowd

Lecturer Media Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Cate Dowd

Phone: +61 2 6773 2457

Email: cdowd2@une.edu.au


In 2020 Cate's book, Digital journalism, drones and automation: The language and abstractions behind the news, will be published in March by Oxford University Press. For several years at UNE Cate has designed and coordinated various digital media units, including Digital and Social Media, Film Techniques and Digital FX, and News and Journalism, and taught into other media studies units. She has also completed formal training for flying a UAV and obtained a UAV controller licence from CASA in 2016. In 2014 she was the HDR Research Coordinator in Arts. Between 2013 and 2015 Cate was an NSW representative for ANZCA and in 2014 she organised a panel for the annual conference in Melbourne on "Rural and Urban Social Media for Civic Engagement in Australia" including research on civilian drones in journalism. In 2012 Cate conceived and organised the Turing Arts Symposium in Birmingham via the AISB (UK). Cate has a PhD across media and computing from CSU and a Master of Information Systems and Management from Monash University. She has worked at Monash and the University of Melbourne and in earlier days she was a radio producer and feature film-editing assistant at the SAFC and Crawford Productions. She is also a graduate from the Centre For Performing Arts, Adelaide, with a major in Design.


PhD CSU, MIMS (research) Monash, B.A. Swinburne,

Teaching Areas

Cate has designed and coordinated several units at UNE including: Internet Studies (2011, 2012 & 2013), Film and Media in the Digital Age (2012 and 2014) and Digital and Social Media (2013 and 2015). She has also redesigned News and Current Affairs (2016). Previously Cate taught New Media, Broadcast media, Multimedia and Information Systems in Melbourne.

Research Interests

2015 Civilian drones in journalism and film production.

2014 Digital age psychogeography: drones, smartphones and rural wanderings  (see paper under publications).  
PPL (Private Pilot License) theory – undertaken in late 2014.

2013 Persuasive Technologies (CSIRO). The Scrabble of Language Towards Persuasion: Changing Behaviours in Journalism (see paper under publications).

2012.  Turing Arts Symposium 2012 Birmingham, UK, 2nd-6th July with the AISB 2012 conference.  Conceived & chaired by Cate Dowd. (see links below)

Small competitive grant from the University of Birmingham for keynote at the Turing Arts Symposium, Clare Beavan, director of the 2011 British docudrama on Alan Turing.

Turing Arts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Turingarts

Turing Arts Symposium book (published by the Society for Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour)

Turing Arts Symposium Call for papers

PhD research (2007-2010) on social media, journalism and crisis management (ARC project Number LP0775418), supervised by Professors John Carroll and Terry Bossomaier at CSU.

Other research areas: Social Media, Mobile and Ubiquitous technologies, Online Journalism and Crisis Communication. Alan Turing and Digital Film and Media. Formative research areas: Game Design, Semantic Web and Digital Television.

Research Supervision Experience

PhD candidate Tom Carter, research on Australian theatre critic, Katherine Brisbane, examined late 2014 (co-supervised).


Dowd, C (2015) Practical, ethical and legal issues of civilian drones for journalism and media production: experimentation with aerial media  (forthcoming).

Dowd, C. (2014) "Digital age psychogeography: drones, smartphones and rural wanderings ", in D. Bossio (Ed), Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, ISSN 1448-4331, available at: http://www.anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/ and http://www.anzca.net/documents/2014-conf-papers/741-anzca14-dowd.html

Dowd, C (2013). Journalism and Social Media as changing domain(s): Understanding behaviours and role-based emotions. Full paper blind peer reviewed for ANZCA 2013 Perth. Online at http://www.anzca.net/documents/2013-conf-papers/653-anzca-2013-dowd-1/file.html

Dowd C (2013). Self-organising Psychogeography and Insect drones: A Force Majeure for Smart regions. Best title for poster at the Digital Rural Futures conference, 26th-28th June at UNE, Armidale. See http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6289898

Dowd, C. (2013). The Scrabble of Language Towards Persuasion: Changing Behaviours in Journalism. Full paper blind peer reviewed for Persuasive 2013 http://pt2013.csiro.au/
Sydney, published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 7822).

Dowd C, (2012). Turing's creativity and Science Fiction films: Abstractions and hidden layers in Turing Arts Symposium, published by AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012, ISBN 978-1-908187-13-0. http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/turing12/proceedings/README.html

Dowd, C. (2009) Creative Agents and Triggers (CAT) Game Design Method: For Crisis Communication, in IEEE Computer Society, Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, (Eds.) Rebolledo-Mendez, G. Liarokapis, F. De Freitas, S. , Proceedings V-S Games '09, Coventry, UK. 215-216

Dowd, C. (2008) The Antiquarian Librarian & the Pedantic Semantic Web Programmer: Trust, logic, knowledge and inference. Published by the AISB: ISBN 1 902956710.  Volume 12: Proceedings of 2008 Symposium on Computing and Philosophy 1-4th April. University of Aberdeen, http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/

Dowd C. (2007) The Trajectory of Mark-up, Indexing and Labeling: the continuum via print publishing & libraries to Semantic Web & online games. AMT 2007.

Dowd, C. (2004) Whispers from a Discourse: Digital Television in Australia, in Constructing the Infrastructure for the Knowledge Economy: Methods and Tools; Theory and Practice, (Eds.), H Linger, J Fisher, etal. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York,USA. ISBN: 0-306-48554-0

Dowd, C. (2004) Knowledge Cycles of Digital Television in Australia. The Media and Communications Law Association bulletin, March V.23 - No 1, pp.16-19.  Presented also at Monash SIMS research student's Colloquium.

Firth, L, Longstaff, P & Dowd, C. (2002) Broadband and Convergence in Journal of Network Industries v3. Intersentia.

Dowd, C. (2001) Digitisation 2001: Convergence and Australian National Broadcasting. Blind peer reviewed paper presented at the International Telecommunications Society (ITS) conference proceedings, Perth.


NSW state representative of ANZCA (Aust. and NZ Communications Association)

Member of the Post-human Literary and Cultural Research Group, Arts, UNE.

Member of the AISB (Society for Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour) UK.

Member of JEAA Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.