Professor Brand lectures on emerging media, interactive media industries, and research methods.
He has won national, institutional and student awards for his university teaching at two universities and in 2013 he was awarded a national Excellence in Teaching Citation from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching.
Professor Brand’s research explores the social psychology of media audiences, their use of interactive media and the content regulation imperatives that arise from presumed media effects.
He is lead author of the Interactive Australia and Interactive New Zealand series of national computer games audience studies supported by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, and author (with Prof. Mark Pearson) of Sources of News and Current Affairs published in 2001 by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
His current work explores the role of ICTs in purposeful, active ageing. Published work has explored computer game audiences with a focus on diffusion, policy, serious games, gamification and the convergence of books and games.
Other research publications have included news and current affairs, gender effects of media, media content stereotypes, and using mobile media as engagement tools in higher education.