Rob Cover

Rob Cover

Professor of Digital Communication, RMIT University
Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University.

His recent books include:
Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives? -
Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics -
Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self -
Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era -
Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacy (with A Bartlett and K Clarke) -
Population, Mobility and Belonging: Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society -
Fake News in Digital Cultures (with A Haw and JD Thompson) -

Rob is a chief investigator on several current and recently-completed ARC Projects:
AusQueerScreen: Representation of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Australian Film and Television, 1990-2010 (ARC Discovery DP180103321) -
LGBTQ Migrations: Life Story Narratives in the South Australian GLAM Sector (ARC Linkage LP180100251) -
Queer Generations: Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth (ARC Discovery (ARC Discovery DP150101292) -

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Jul 19, 2022 14:49 pm UTC| Technology

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