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Professor of Digital Communication and Co-Director of the RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University

Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University where he serves as Co-Director of the RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre

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) -
Identity and Digital Communication: Concepts, Theories, Practices -
Identity in the COVID-19 Years: Communication, Crisis and Ethics -

Rob is a chief investigator on several current and recently-completed ARC Projects:
Addressing Online Hostility in Australian Digital Cultures (ARC Discovery DP230100870) -
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) -


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia


  • 2002 
    Monash University, PhD