Rob CoverCore Member

Professor Rob Cover is a media and cultural studies scholar who researches screen and digital cultures in relation to (i) young people’s health, mental health and wellbeing, (ii) minorities, migrants and gender- and sexually-diverse subjects and social change, (iii) suicide prevention, identity and communication.  He is Chief Investigator on a current Australian Research Council Discovery Project Queer Generations (2015-2019) examining the frameworks of LGBTQ youth belonging, support and health; on an ARC Discovery AusQueerScreen (2018-2020) investigating the role of on-screen representation of gender- and sexually-diverse themes and narratives in the production of social change, inclusivity and diversity, and on an ARC Linkage Project with the History Trust of South Australia on gender/sexual diversity and mobility.  He is currently leading a  project team of scholars from nine countries on Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing in an Era of Digital Media and Populist Anti-Expertise Discourse, and is a founding member of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (

 Recent books include: Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives? (Routledge 2012), Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics (UWAP 2015), Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self (Elsevier, 2016), Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Gender and Relationships in a Digital Era (Routledge 2019), Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacies (with Alison Bartlett and Kyra Clarke; Palgrave 2019), and Population, Mobility and Belonging: Understanding Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society (Routledge 2020). Rob is co-editor of the anthology Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship (Routledge 2019).

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