Dr Heather Stewart

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Heather Stewart has been a journalist for 20 years, including almost a decade with the ABC in news and current affairs and then started covering content for ABC Radio National in 2006.

She completed her Phd at the University of Queensland in 2018. She currently is an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland.

She specialises in journalism work practice research, digital transformation in the media, work-integrated learning and change management, and best practice for coverage of mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

Research Interests

  • Change management in digital transformation in media, marketing and communications
    Dr Stewart has worked in State and Federal government, not-for-profit and corporate media, marketing and communications roles since 2012 transforming work practice from a traditional to integrated approach across multiple platforms including social media. Her current research publications centre on the impact of technological change digital transformation at the ABC.

Research Impacts

As joint chief investigator of a UQ-funded Higher Equity Support Grant, a UQ Teaching and Learning Grant, an ARC First Link grant and an AITSIS grant, Dr Stewart co-led, with Michael Williams, the Indigenous Voice project 2008-2012, which was awarded the UQ Vice Chancellor's Equity Award and highligh commended in the UQ Trailblazers Awards in 2010. Dr Stewart was also awarded a UQ Teaching and Learning Excellence Award in 2012 for her work-integrated learning innovation.

Dr Stewart has been a keynote speaker and invited speaker at industry conferences and guest speaker at UQ and QUT journalism and communication courses. She was a teaching and learning academic a UQ 2006-2012.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Carson, Andrea, Baker, Richard and Stewart, Heather (2013). Case study: taking journalists on the journey. In Stephen J. Tanner and Nick Richardson (Ed.), Journalism research and investigation in a digital world (pp. xv-344) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press ANZ.

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