Mia Lindgren

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Mia Lindgren

Director Research Strategy and Professor of Media

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Professor Mia Lindgren is researching the significance of podcast practice, with particular interest in the intersection of journalism and public health.

“The way podcasting is produced for intimate listening through headphones makes this medium a transformational space for deep listening to others; I see real opportunities for sense-making in audio journalism - and to empower and scaffold change.” - Mia Lindgren

Professor Lindgren is Director Research Strategy and Professor of Media in the College of Arts, Law and Education. Her areas of expertise are podcasting, radio, journalism, and practice-related research methods. Her current project focuses on communication needs for mental health, exploring how older Australians express thoughts and experiences around mental wellbeing.

“While language has been identified as highly relevant for health recovery, we know little about how older Australians talk – or sometimes don’t talk – about mental health.

“By recording interviews with older Australians and making them available as podcasts, we can provide an aural space for lived experiences of older Australians to be shared and heard.”

Professor Lindgren’s recent project is a collaboration between the media and communications discipline at the University of Tasmania, and linguistics researchers at Monash University and Corvinus University in Budapest. The work is funded by an Australian Research Council discovery grant and aims to contribute new knowledge to the emerging field of health and podcast studies.

'I work in audio forms, recording and editing interviews to make lived experiences available for others to hear. In this project, audio storytelling is employed to encourage listeners to engage with an important health issue affecting many people. With a relatively large older population in Tasmania, the ambition is for our research about mental health communication to be relevant and have positive impact on communities here and beyond.”

Professor Lindgren was drawn to journalism as a tool to understand and explain the world and the people within it.

“Non-fiction stories can help us with sense-making as we look for answers to the timeless questions about who we are and what we’re doing here.

“I find working collaboratively immensely inspiring as it brings together people with different expertise, ideas, and approaches to solve a shared issue.”

Professor Lindgren was previously Dean of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology, and led the School of Media, Film and Journalism for five years at Monash University.

“I spent many years actively avoiding a career in education. Both my parents were high school teachers, and my grandfather ran a country school in the north of Sweden. I became a journalist instead. However, after migrating to Australia to take up a lecturing position in broadcast journalism, I found myself embracing higher education.

“I feel privileged to be in a career where ideas and the creation of new knowledge are celebrated, and where I can continue to learn.”

Professor Lindgren is a Professor of Media and Director, Research Strategy in the College of Arts, Law and Education. She is an international expert in podcast, radio, and journalism studies with positions on several editorial and review boards, and scientific committees, e.g., Bloomsbury (UK), Radiofonias (Brazil) and Media & Communication (Netherland). Mia's research examines podcast practice, storytelling, and aesthetics, with attention to the intersection with journalism and public health. Her interdisciplinary research has been funded by five national competitive grants (ARC and NHMRC).


Prior to joining UTAS in 2022, she was Dean, Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology. Mia was Founding Head of School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University (2014 – 2018) where she led the establishment of one of Australian’s largest media schools.

Professor Lindgren is one of a growing number of ‘pracademics’ in Australia and internationally that has forged a career spanning both practice-led and traditional scholarship in media and communication studies, with focus on journalism, radio, and podcasting. Mia grew up in the north of Sweden. She has worked as a broadcast journalist with the Swedish Broadcasting Cooperating and radio documentary producer with ABC Radio National.

Career summary


PhD, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 2011, a practice-led project Journalism as Research – Developing radio documentary theory from practice, comprising a commissioned radio documentary broadcast on ABC Radio National.

Languages (other than English)

Swedish, Norwegian


Professional practice

International Editorial board, Scientific Committee and international research association member:

  1. Editorial Board member: Media & Communication, Netherland, open access (Q2, Scimago)
  2. Editorial Board member: Podcast Studies series, Bloomsbury, UK
  3. Scientific Committee member: Radiofonias - Journal of Sound Media Studies (editor: Marcelo Kischinhevsky, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil)
  4. Scientific Committee member: Radio Conference: A Transnational forum
  5. Steering Group member: Podcast Studies - Podacademics International Network,
  6. International Co-chair International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Working Group Music, Audio, Radio and Sound MARS

Administrative expertise

In addition to her current leadership role, Mia Lindgren has held a range of administrative positions. She is an experienced academic leader with extensive track record as change-maker, people leader of large academic units and member of national/international review boards:

  • Dean of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education, at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne (2019 – 2022)
  • Founding Head of the Monash School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ); led transformational change in the Faculty of Arts by establishing the largest media school in Australia (2014 – 2018).
  • Conceptualised and led the development of the Monash Media Lab, a $3 million state-of-the-art media production facility at Caulfield campus, Melbourne.
  • International and national curriculum review chair and panel member (Auckland University of Technology; Danish School of Journalism; Utrecht University of Applied Science, Netherlands; Queensland University of Technology; Edith Cowen University, Western Australia; Griffith University, Queensland.


Teaching expertise

Professor Lindgren has coordinated and designed units in journalism, with focus on audio and visual forms, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2018, she ran a podcast and audio storytelling module at the Gothenburg University in Sweden and lectured about podcasting in the Global Correspondent unit at Monash University’s Prato (Italy) campus.  Mia was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Team Teaching (2006) for practice-led teaching at Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Research Appointments

  • International examiner for research funding:
    • Austrian Science Fund (2021)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, SSHRC (2019)

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Professor Lindgren’s research examines podcast and audio practices, storytelling, and aesthetics, with attention to the intersection with journalism and health. She uses textual analysis and a range of qualitative methods to understand impacts of audio formats and storytelling approaches, from the perspectives of producers and listeners. Her research demonstrates the role of non-fiction media storytelling in mediation, translation and sense-making. This has been done in several public health and social history projects with focus on scholarly and public collaborations, each providing opportunities to examine the role of communication methodologies in building community engagement and awareness-raising through storytelling.

Her practice-led research is developed through productions of documentaries, podcasts and websites, in partnership with academics, media organisations and audio producers. She has received several national grants for her practice-led research on audio storytelling for sense-making in public health issues.

Mia Lindgren’s projects nationally funded by ARC and NHMRC have strong focus on relevance and benefits to communities outside academia. For example, the Australian Asbestos Network ( was an innovative educational website aimed at raising awareness about dangers of asbestos exposure through personal storytelling. This long-running project illustrated the potential of practice-led research to engage audiences through digital storytelling, as well as highlighting how digital media artefacts can translate research for impact. Storytelling is a growing field of study crossing disciplinary boundaries in humanities and social sciences.

Areas of research expertise include:

  • -podcast and radio studies
  • -practice-related research
  • -storytelling
  • -constructive journalism
  • -narrative journalism
  • -qualitative interviewing


Professor Lindgren collaborates with academics in a range of disciplines, co-editing and co-authoring publications and productions with researchers in health, medicine, sociology, history, languages, literature, and communication studies.

Mia Lindgren was Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project (2017 – 2021) “Building the Australian response to the ‘superbugs’” crisis, led by Associate Professor Mark Davis at Monash University, and including colleagues Monash University, University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and University of Strathclyde (Scotland).  It was interdisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration investigating the Australian public’s engagement with communications and media on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and examining the public’s trust in expert knowledge. Professor Lindgren contributed to the project by combining expertise in podcast production with analysis of content production to explore effective communication about ‘superbugs’.


  • Anne Dunn Research Excellence Award, Australia (2015). Awarded jointly be the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
  • Highly Commended, Western Australia Media Awards for Deadly Dust, 53-min radio documentary broadcast on Hindsight, ABC Radio National (2008)

Current projects

Professor Lindgren’s current ARC Discovery project (2022 – 2024) “De-tabooing depression and anxiety: Mental health communication in old age”, led by Professor Kate Burridge at Monash University is also collaborative and interdisciplinary. It aims to uncover how older Australians talk about and understand depression and anxiety, and it seeks to raise awareness of these debilitating conditions via podcasting. The expected outcomes of the project are improved communication about mental well-being and celebration of the lives and stories of older Australians.

Fields of Research

  • Media studies (470107)
  • Communication studies (470101)
  • Sociolinguistics (470411)
  • Discourse and pragmatics (470405)

Research Objectives

  • The media (130204)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Communication across languages and culture (130201)


Mia is the co-author (with Gail Phillips) of the Australian Broadcast Journalism (3rd edition), Oxford University Press and the Swedish Den Självkörda Radioboken, Liber Publishing (with Mia Ohlsson). She is also co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcast Studies (mid-2022) with Jason Loviglio and Reconstructing Identity: A Transdisciplinary Approach, Springer (with Monk, McDonald and Pasfield-Neofitoe).

She has published in diverse journals, such as Journalism Practice, Media & Communication, Media International Australia, Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, Australian Journalism Review, Radiofonias – Revista de Estudos em Midia Sonora, Public Understanding of Science, Social Sciences & Medicine and Global Public Health. Her research has also been published in top-presses, including Palgrave McMillan and Oxford University Press. Mia communicates her research in The Conversation and recently, in the Podcast Trends and Issues in Australia and Beyond (News & Media Research Centre). Her radio documentaries and podcast productions (Non-Traditional Research Outputs, NTROs) have been broadcast on Australian national radio ABC.

Mia is the co-editor of the Q1 journal Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media (Intellect).

Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2020Davis M, Lyall B, Whittaker A, Lindgren M, Djerf-Pierre M, 'A year in the public life of superbugs: news media on antimicrobial resistance and implications for health communications', Social Science and Medicine, 256, (2020) Article 113032. ISSN 0277-9536 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2020Lindgren M, 'Jornalismo narrativo pessoal e podcasting', Radiofonias - Journal of Audio Media Studies, 11, (1) pp. 112-136. ISSN 2179-6033 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2019Djerf-Pierre M, Lindgren M, Budinski MAA, 'The role of journalism on YouTube: audience engagement with 'superbug' reporting', Media and Communication, 7, (1) pp. s 235-247. ISSN 2183-2439 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17645/mac.v7i1.1758 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13


2018Davis M, Whittaker A, Lindgren M, Djerf-Pierre M, Manderson L, et al., 'Understanding media publics and the antimicrobial resistance crisis', Global Public Health, 13, (9) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1744-1692 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2017.1336248 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 29


2016Hanusch F, Clifford K, English P, Fulton J, Lindgren M, et al., 'For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian students' motivations for studying journalism', Media International Australia, 160, (1) pp. 101-113. ISSN 1324-5325 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X16638894 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12


2016Hilmes M, Lindgren MK, 'Podcast review and criticism: a forum', The Radio Journal - International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 14, (1) pp. 83-89. ISSN 1476-4504 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1386/rjao.14.1.83_7 [eCite] [Details]


2016Lindgren M, 'Personal narrative journalism and podcasting', The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 14, (1) pp. 23-41. ISSN 1476-4504 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X16638894 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2018Lindgren M, 'Researching Podcast Production - an Australian Podcast Study about Women and Work in Are We There Yet?', Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium., Transcript Verlag, Bielrfeld, G Follmer and A Badenoch (ed), Germany, pp. 283-291. ISBN 9783837639131 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Lindgren M, 'Autoethnographic Journalism: Subjectivity and Emotionality in Audio Storytelling', Reconstructing Identity, Springer Nature, N Monk, M Lindgren, S McDonald, and S Pasfield-Neofitou (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 183-206. ISBN 9783319584263 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58427-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2


2016Lindgren M, Phillips G, 'Asbestos Memories: Journalistic 'Mediation' in Mediated Prospective Memory', Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction, Palgrave Macmillan, A Hajek, C Lohmeier, and C Pentzold (ed), United States, pp. 158-175. ISBN 9781349566402 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137470126 [eCite] [Details]


Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2020Lindgren M, 'News Podcasts in Australia - Breaking away from its Radio Legacy', Part 2 Key Issues and Trends in Podcasting: Global Perspectives, University of Canberra, Australia, pp. 41-42. (2020) [Report Other]

DOI: 10.25916/sgv0-qh32 [eCite] [Details]


Grants & Funding

Mia Lindgren has attracted competitive funding for her interdisciplinary research, as Chief Investigator in teams securing two National Health and Medical Council Research (NHMCR) and three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants for high-impact research examining public understanding and translating communication about asbestos, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and more recently mental health in older Australians.

  1. ARC Discovery 210101197, 20212024. De-tabooing depression and anxiety: Mental health communication in old age. Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology/University of Tasmania, $202,500
  2. ARC Discovery 170100937, 2017– 2019. ‘Building the Australian response to the ‘superbugs’ crisis’, Monash University, University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland), $391,000
  3. NHMRC Project Grants 634458, 2010 – 2012. 'Dust Related Health Issues in Western Australia’, University of WA and Murdoch University, $729,500
  4. NHMRC special asbestos grant 458519, 2007 – 2009. 'Community consequences of asbestos exposure', University of WA, Curtin and Murdoch universities, $846,385
  5. ARC Linkage LP0219750, 2002 – 2004. ‘Midland Workshops History Project’, Curtin and Murdoch universities plus 10 industry partners, $208,760

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



De-tabooing depression and anxiety: Mental health communication in old age (2021 - 2023)$202,500
This project aims to uncover how older Australians talk about and understand depression and anxiety, and itseeks to raise awareness of these debilitating conditions via new media. There has been much medical researchin this area, and while language has been identified as highly relevant for recovery, little is known of how peopleexpress their experiences around mental well-being. The research gap is even wider for the worst affected in thepopulation - older adults. These illnesses are shrouded in taboo, and symptoms often go undetected. Theexpected outcomes of the project are improved communication about mental well-being and the celebration of thelives and stories of older Australians - an integral but vulnerable segment of society.
Australian Research Council ($202,500)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
Monash University
Research Team
Burridge K; Benczes R; Allan K; Lindgren MK
2021 - 2023
Grant Reference

Research Supervision

Professor Lindgren has supervised a wide range of Honours, Masters and PhD theses at three Australian universities to successful completion. Most projects have been interdisciplinary in nature, comprising a research-by-practice component, such as radio documentary and podcast production. Several Honours students have completed practice-led projects which have provided excellent opportunities to combine scholarly exegesis with published journalistic practice. Their journalism productions have been published and broadcast in national outlets. The graduates have proceeded to build successful careers, eg. award-winning podcast producers and founder of podcast collective Broadwave.

She has examined PhD and Master theses from Oslo University, Norway; AUT, New Zealand; University of East Anglia, UK; Monash, Murdoch, RMIT, QUT, Griffith, Swinburne universities, Australia.

Mia Lindgren welcomes new supervisions for projects that explore podcast studies and practice, radio, and non-fiction storytelling with attention to the intersection with journalism, health and science. She is also interested in co-supervising projects in other disciplinary areas exploring questions about the role of media and journalism.




PhDOrdinary people's listening: Exploring the democratic potential of podcast journalism2022
PhDPacific women, podcasting, voice and listening: Examining podcasting as a feminist, decolonising medium and practice2022