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Damien O'Meara

PhD Candidate, Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology

Damien is completing his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology, researching television production culture and its intersection with onscreen queer representations in Australian fictional television.

Damien holds a Master of Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University of Technology (in Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Communications (PR) from Griffith University (in Brisbane). His study has always centred on queer representation and understanding through media, fuelled by his own experience of growing up queer and isolated in regional Victoria.

Damien teaches media studies, screen studies and communications at Swinburne Online Learning, where he has worked as a sessional tutor since 2017. He is also working as a research assistant on the Australian Children’s Television Cultures research project. ACTC investigates the role of Aussie kids’ TV in our lives.


  • 2021–present
    PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017–2023
    Tutor, Swinburne Online


  • 2017 
    Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Arts (writing)
  • 2014 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Communications