Gemma Blackwood

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Gemma Blackwood

Lecturer, Media

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Dr Gemma Blackwood is a Lecturer in Media. Gemma researches screen cultures, digital media and visual cultural theory.


Before joining the University of Tasmania in 2019, Gemma was a Media Communications lecturer at Charles Darwin University (2013-2019) in Darwin and a lecturer in Screen and Media Communications at The University of Melbourne (2012-2013).

Career summary


Degree Thesis title University Country Awarded
PhD Hollywood Holidays: Case studies of global film tourism sites and their ideological impacts. University of Melbourne Australia 1/8/2012
BA (1st Class Hons)   University of Tasmania Australia 1/12/2002


Professional practice

Gemma served as the Northern Territory representative of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia from 2013-2018. She is currently an editorial board member of Australian Humanities Review.

Administrative expertise

Course coordination, University accreditation and quality assurance, managing teaching staff, chairing School committees, elected Academic Board membership.


Teaching expertise

Gemma currently teaches media and communications in the undergraduate and postgraduate Media School programmes. At Charles Darwin University (CDU) she taught primarily in the areas of media theory, journalism and professional writing. At CDU she was also the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries.

Teaching responsibility

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  • Screen Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual cultures
  • Screen cultures
  • Cultural tourism
  • National Identity
  • Australian studies
  • Cultural geography

Research Themes

Gemma’s research aligns to the University’s research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Research interests include understanding western and non-western perspectives of visual cultures; screen cultures and their connections to touristic and spatial theories; film and television policy; and cultural geography mapped through screen cultures and digital media. Gemma has also researched northern Australian and outback representations in film and television and how they help to construct national identities.


In 2018, Gemma was an inaugural recipient of the ABC Top 5 Humanities Researchers prize.

Fields of Research

  • Film and Television (190204)
  • Economic Development and Growth (140202)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Screen and Media Culture (200212)
  • Impacts of Tourism (150601)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Tourism Marketing (150604)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)

Research Objectives

  • Visual Communication (950205)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Government and Politics (940299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2018Blackwood G, 'Tropical Darwin on screen: critiquing national values using urban frontier tropes in Charlie's Country and Last Cab to Darwin', eTropic, 17, (2) pp. 133-150. ISSN 1448-2940 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.25120/etropic.17.2.2018.3661 [eCite] [Details]


2018Blackwood G, 'Dream factory tours: the universal pictures movie tour attraction in the 1960s', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 38, (3) pp. 516-535. ISSN 0143-9685 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2017.1369238 [eCite] [Details]


2016Jeffs R, Blackwood G, 'Whose real? encountering new frontiers in Westworld', MEDIANZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand, 16, (2) pp. 95-115. ISSN 2382-218X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.11157/medianz-vol16iss2id211 [eCite] [Details]


2015Stephens A, Oppermann E, Turnour J, Brewer T, O'Brien C, et al., 'Identifying tensions in the development of northern Australia: implications for governance', Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 17, (1) Article 5. ISSN 1325-2224 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2007Blackwood G, 'Wolf Creek: an UnAustralian Story?', Continuum, 21, (4) pp. 489-497. ISSN 1469-3666 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10304310701629920 [eCite] [Details]



(1 outputs)
2016Blackwood G, McGregor A, 'Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film', Peter Lang AG, Bern, pp. 230. ISBN 978-3-0343-2108-2 (2016) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2019Blackwood G, 'Knocking Your Knitted Socks Off ? ABC TV's Rosehaven, screen tourism and destination-marketing in Tasmania', Tourism in Tasmania, Forty South, Hobart, pp. 101-110. ISBN 9780648675761 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2017Blackwood G, 'Vanessa Berry's Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections', Overland, (16 November 2017) ISSN 0030-7416 (2017) [Review Single Work]

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(1 outputs)
2011Blackwood G, 'Hollywood holidays: case studies of global film tourism sites and their ideological impacts' (2011) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2018Blackwood G, 'Meet the Foys, likely inventors of the family car holiday to Uluru', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 4 December 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2018Blackwood G, 'Meet the ABC's first-ever Top 5 humanities researchers: Interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation', ABC News, Australia, 30 November (2018) [Media Interview]

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Research Supervision




PhDAffective Spaces: Identifying how on-screen mimetic settings influence perceptions of Tasmania2019