Isabel McIntosh

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Isabel McIntosh

Isabel McIntosh

PhD candidate
Journalism, Media and Communications
School of Social Sciences


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Isabel McIntosh is a PHD student writing on media meshworks and formations of social power in non-violent activism. She is on a three-year Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) at UTAS and supervised by Dr Michelle Phillipov (JMC), Professor Libby Lester (JMC) and Professor Bruce Tranter (Sociology). Her case study is the New South Wales Coal Seam Gas campaign which she uses a as a pivot to relook at the logic of leadership, social power and media in activism and Australia's environment movement. She is also researching water's significance in conflict around the world and strategies of non-violent activism to protect water.

Career summary



BA (Hons)

Urewera Mural: Becoming Gift and the Hau of Disappearance

University of Technology, Sydney





Otago University

New Zealand



For 12 years Isabel worked at two of the world's largest technology companies as a marketing communications professional.  She was a 'corporate chick', part of the technology thrust to transform business and industry. In early 2011 Isabel became active in the campaign to stop coal seam gas mining near her inner city Sydney suburb.  She joined the state wide 'Lock the Gate' strategy team and working with local communities to challenge coal seam gas plans. In 2013 she set up Protect Sydney's Water Alliance, a network to stop the expansion of mining in Sydney Drinking Water Catchments. Later that same year she started full-time as an (external) PHD student at UTAS.

Research Themes

Isabel's research is cross-discipline using a methodology that traces how knowledge is circulated and gains value through engaged media practice (EMP). This durational process of mediated collaboration and connections takes place over time through the social media connective, content blogs and collaborative interactions. As an island, Tasmania doesn't stand alone and Isabel's research prism of communications, leadership and knowledge links to key UTAS research themes of Culture and Society; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research is a substantial contribution to how to connect knowledge to power, achieve social change and challenge hegemonic narratives.

Cultural Studies Review (2004)The Saturday Paper (2015)