Dr Ross Tapsell

Senior Lecturer, Gender, Media and Culture Program. School of Culture, History and Language. Director, ANU Malaysia Institute
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: + 61 2 6125 3677

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies 200102
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202

Research interests

My main research interests focus on digital technologies and their relationship to media, culture and politics in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. My current research interests focuses on the changing information societies of the Southeast Asian region, and the role of disinformation and social media campaigning on the democratic process. 




Ross Tapsell is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, specialising in Southeast Asian media. He is the author of Media Power in Indonesia: Oligarchs, Citizens and the Digital Revolution (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and co-editor of From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation: Social Media in Southeast Asia (ISEAS Publishing, 2020). He has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, VICE and other publications in the Southeast Asian region. 

Ross has been a Visiting Fellow at Indiana University (Bloomington, US), the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He is also on the editorial board of the international scholarly journal Asiascape: Digital Asia (Brill). 

Ross is involved in a number of Southeast Asia activities at the ANU. He is currently Director of the ANU's Malaysia Institute, is involved in the ANU's Indonesia Project and the academic news/analysis website New Mandala. 


Available student projects

If you are interested in thesis level research (Honours, Masters and PhD) on the following broad topics feel free to get in touch:

  • Indonesian studies
  • Malaysian studies
  • Island Southeast Asian society 
  • Digital technologies and their impact 
  • Communications and Media

If you are an international student looking for supervisors for a PhD in the above area, please email me with a CV which includes your tertiary education qualifications and publications.



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  23 April 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers