Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


Breaking silences: media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission


This project aims to analyse the role of media, journalism and social media activism in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-17) (RCIRCSA).


By focusing on the nexus between media and commissions of inquiry in the digital era, the project will investigate the impacts of a rapidly changing media environment on this national 'listening' exercise. The project will use a case study approach to critically analyse the role of a transitioning local, national and social media in triggering, reporting on and keeping alive the findings of the royal commission, ensuring victims of institutional child sexual abuse are heard, and justice is upheld.


Research Team

Professor Kerry McCallum (University of Canberra)

Associate Professor Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales)

Associate Professor Kristy Hess (ADI)

Associate Professor Lisa Waller (ADI)

Professor Eli Skogerbø (University of Oslo)

Project Funding

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP190101282).