Dafydd Sills-Jones, Associate Professor

School of Communications Studies · Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand — Deputy Head of Department

Research Areas

  • Communications Theory
  • Cultural Analysis
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Media and Communication History
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • Media Policy and Regulation
  • Media Production and Innovation
  • Media Theory

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Dafydd is Deputy Head of Te Kura Whakapāho (School of Communication Studies) at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makurau (Auckland University of Technology), Aotearoa-NZ. A native Welsh speaker, Dafydd is committed to an ally position towards tangata whenua and tangata tiriti, and is actively pursuing his own education in both te ao Māori and te reo Māori.

As a researcher, he publishes in both ‘traditional’ scholarly mode (on history in the media, minority language media, documentary culture) and in ‘screen practice as research’ mode, making installations and films that have been screened in several countries and at major international festivals. Dafydd is co-editor of Peter Lang's 'Documentary Film Cultures' book series, and is on the editorial board of Media History (Taylor & Francis), the Journal of Media Practice and Education (Taylor & Francis), and The International Journal of Creative Media Research (Bath Spa University). He is a member of the The International Association for Minority Language Media Research (IAMLMR), and co-founder of Unfolding Media Aotearoa.

Previously, Dafydd worked in the media industry in the UK in a number of sectors and roles, including producing, directing, and researching documentary, drama-documentary, interactive, commercials and corporate for local, network and digital channels.