School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Clifton Evers

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

Background

Introduction

I joined the Media, Culture, Heritage unit at Newcastle University in September of 2015.  My PhD was completed in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. I then went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. For five years (2010-2015) I was a lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, which included the role of Deputy Director of the Institute for Creative and Digital Cultures and being a research fellow of the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies.  

My research interests include gender (particularly masculinity), leisure, mobile media, action/lifestyle sports, space, bodies, emotion, and the sea. I primarily employ ethnography to conduct research, and experiment with research outputs and methods e.g. ethnographic fiction, soundscapes, film. 

My work has been published as publicly available government reports and as academic articles in international peer-reviewed journals.I have a strong interest in making research accessible and to have research be done with, communicated to, and made useful for the wider public through civic engagement.

I am a member of the The Shadow Places Network: a collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change

I am on the editorial boards for:

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Journal of Sport & Social Issues

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Griffith University, Australia.

PhD University of Sydney, Australia

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education / Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Recent Talks

Sydney Ideas festival, University of Sydney, Australia (2017)
Sustaining the Sea conference, University of Sydney, Australia (2017)
Leisure Studies Association conference, Leeds University, UK (2017)
Oceanic Places, Newcastle University, UK (2017)
New Approaches to Masculinities symposium, newcastle University, UK (2017)


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

MCH1025 Researching Media, Communication & Culture I

MCH2075 Representations: Identity, Culture & Society

MCH3074 Themes and Issues in Media, Communication & Cultural Studies

COM3073 Research Dissertation

Postgraduate Research Supervision

I welcome postgraduate researchers who want to work in any of the areas relating to my research:

  • Gender, particularly masculinity

  • Mobile media

  • Sport, particularly action (lifestyle) sports

  • Embodiment

  • Emotion and Affect

  • Space/place

Research

A current focus of my research is on media, men, place, sport (particularly lifestyle/action sport), and care. I’m interested in the cultural politics and cultural formations of  'networked masculinities' as this pertains to affective and emotional experiences. I have an intellectual and practical curiosity in the impacts of mobile media – including smartphones and ‘action cameras’ on these experiences in leisure and sport settings. My work includes employing mobile media as a research method to conduct 'wet ethnographies' e.g. in the sea. I have recently been looking at action sports and new media in East Asia, as well as the use of experimental media productions to explore 'polluted leisure' in the Anthropocene. 

A past project was with an academic team and players and administrators from the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) called Playing By The Rules, which explored workplace education programmes designed to promote ethical sexual behaviour and attitudes within football culture. I am now interested in evaluating the use of lad vernacular for sexual ethics programs aimed at young men. Another project was with Football United which is an organisation in Australia that uses football for social development, particularly for young refugees resettling. This program was evaluated and recommendations made. A recent project is about the use of participatory video to understand adult education in the Workers Educational Association. A further project looks at experiences of polluted leisure where the river Tees meets the sea. 

Recent Talks

Sydney Ideas festival, University of Sydney, Australia (2017)
Sustaining the Sea conference, University of Sydney, Australia (2017)
Leisure Studies Association conference, Leeds University, UK (2017)
Oceanic Places, Newcastle University, UK (2017)
New Approaches to Masculinities symposium, newcastle University, UK (2017)

Research Projects

Newcastle Institute of the Creative Arts Grant, Polluted Leisure

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Social Cohesion through Football. 

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Peer-Based Mentoring in Sport: Strategies for Best Practice. 

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Safer Sex Beliefs and Practices in Multi-Partner Heterosexuals. 

Consultancy with New South Wales State Government Health, Australia. Using New Media Cultures to Provide Sexual Health Information for Young Australians. V

Consultancy with National Rugby League and Australian Federal Government. Respectful Relationships. V

Consultancy with Australian Sports Commission. Towards a Level Playing Field: Research and Evaluation of the Portrayal of Female Athletes and Women in Sport by the Media. 

Consultancy with New South Wales State Government Department. Strategies for Building and Sustaining Respect in New South Wales Public High Schools. Value: $65,000 AUD.

Consultancy with New South Wales State Government Institute of Sport, New South Wales Premiers Department for Women and University of Sydney Sport. Sportswomen: Get Out in Front.  


Publications