Jerry Watkins

CODE Jerry Watkins
School: Office of Executive Dean
Department: Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE)
Position: Head of Department, CODE
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Phone: (+84) 28 3622 3692

Jerry Watkins has 20 years’ high-profile international experience in communication, media and interaction. He researches the impact of new technology on people, places and processes.

  • PhD in Computing Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney (2011).
  • MBA, University College London (2014).
  • MSc Human-Computer Interaction, University College London (2000).
  • BSc (H1) in Communication & IT, University of Westminster (1996).



Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship.

Communication, media, technology.


  • Lam, L.H. and Watkins, J. (2020) ’External competitions and work integrated learning: a creative industries perspective from Vietnam’. In Tynan, B., McLaughlin, T., Kennedy, B. (eds.) Tertiary Education in a Time of Change, Springer.
  • Nguyen, L., Nayak, R., Watkins, J. & Nguyen, P. (2019) ‘Drivers of social media disengagement: a study of young consumers in Vietnam’. Young Consumers, 21.2.
  • Uwalaka, T., Rickard, S. & Watkins, J. (2018) ‘Social Media as the Fifth Estate in Nigeria: An Analysis of the 2012 Occupy Nigeria Protest’. African Journalism Studies, 39.4.
  • Uwalaka, T., Rickard, S. & Watkins, J. (2018) ‘Mobile social networking applications and the 2012 Occupy Nigeria protest’. Journal of African Media Studies, 10.1.
  • Baulch, E., Watkins, J., Tariq, A. (eds. 2017) mHealth in Asia: Challenges and Interventions. Springer.
  • Watkins J. and Baulch E., (2017) ‘Informal routes to mHealth by community health workers in regional Indonesia’. In Baulch, E., Watkins, J., Tariq, A. (eds) mHealth in Asia: Challenges and Interventions, Springer.
  • Watkins, J., Boyd, M., Callander, D. (2017) ‘Government vs NGO influence within online health communication’. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Sydney.
  • Watkins, J., Park, S., Fisher, C., Blood, R.W., Fuller, G., Haussegger, V., Jensen, M., Lee, J.Y., Papandrea, F. (2017). Digital News Report: Australia 2017. News & Media Research Centre, Canberra.
  • Watkins, J., Park, S., Blood, R.W., Deas, M, Dunne Breen, M., Fisher, C., Fuller, G., Papandrea, F., Ricketson, M. (2016). Digital News Report: Australia 2016. News & Media Research Centre, Canberra.
  • Watkins, J., Park, S., Blood, R.W., Dunne Breen, M., Fuller, G., Papandrea, F., Ricketson, M. (2015). Digital News Report: Australia 2015. News & Media Research Centre, Canberra.
  • Kawaguchi S. & Watkins J. (2015) ‘Mobile Games for L2 Learning’. Int’l Journal of Technologies in Learning, 21.2, CGRN.
  • Watkins J., Hjorth L., Koskinen I. (2012) ‘Wising Up: revising mobile media in an age of smartphones’. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 26.5, Routledge.
  • Watkins J., Kitner K., Mehta D. (2012) ‘Mobile and smartphone use in urban and rural India’. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 26.5, Routledge.
  • Watkins J. (2010) ‘Intermediaries and end-users in telehealth and education’. Communication, Politics & Culture, 43.1, pp.108-119, RMIT Publishing.
  • Given J. & Watkins J. (2010) ‘Broadband: policy, innovation, use’. Communication, Politics & Culture, 43.1, RMIT Publishing.
  • Kuriyan R., Kitner K., Watkins J. (2010) ‘ICTs, development and trust: an overview’. Information Technology and People, 23.3, Emerald.


  • 2017-2019: Mechanism for Extension, Support and Help. Investigators/s: Watkins (RMIT). Funding: Meat & Livestock Australia.
  • 2016-2017:  Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban and Regional Planning, Infrastructure and Communications. Investigators/s: Team Thomas, Newton, Rennie, Meyer, Watkins, Dodson, Wilson, McShane, Sinnott, Phibbs, Goggin. Funding: Australian Research Council ARC LE160100221.
  • 2013-16 Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the twenty-first century. Investigators/s: Baulch (Monash), Watkins (RMIT), Heryanto (ANU). Funding: Australian Research Council ARC DP130102990.
  • 2012-2015 Opportunity Spaces - Community Engagement in the Planning, Use and Governance of Shared School Facilities. Investigators/s: Meredyth, McShane, Watkins (RMIT). Funding: Australian Research Council, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (VIC) ARC LP110200550.
  • 2007-2010 Moving Content: Creative Engagement in Marginal Spaces. Investigators/s: Tacchi (Loughborough), Watkins (RMIT). Funding: Intel Corporation.
  • 2006-2009 Finding a Voice: Making Technological Change Socially Effective and Culturally Empowering. Investigators/s:  Tacchi (Loughborough), Watkins (RMIT), Pillay, Cunningham (QUT), Skuse (Adelaide). Funding: Australian Research Council, UNESCO ARC LP0561848.


  • Dr Temple Uwalaka (2017) ‘Mobile Internet and the rise of Digital Activism among Nigerian Students’, University of Canberra. Role: primary supervisor.
  • Dr Sandra Hanchard (2015) 'Social media information and everyday life in Malaysia', Swinburne University of Technology. Role: examiner.
  • Dr Jeremy Yuille (2012) 'The Forensic Wall: how ambiguity and affinity are enacted to perform interaction design'. RMIT University. Role: examiner.


2005: UNESCO Invited Expert on Mobile Media for Development

1999-2003: Senior Producer, Global Investor Communications, Imagination Ltd.


  • 2017-2019: Head, Department of Communication, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2014-2017: Director, News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.
  • 2011-2014: Director, International, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.
  • 2008-2011: Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 2004-2008: Senior Lecturer in Communication Design, Queensland University of Technology.