Lelia Green

Health Narratives


Lelia Green

Professor of Communications

Edith Cowan University


Lelia’s original degree was from Cambridge University and comprised studies in Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and Psychology. After graduating in 1979, she spent some time as an Assistant Producer with BBC TV, mainly working on the Songs of Praise series. In 1986 she accepted a job with the (future) Edith Cowan University and migrated to Australia to teach television production, media studies, cultural studies and communication. Lelia’s PhD research at Murdoch University, Perth, centred upon the 1987 introduction of commercial television to remote Western Australia.

Lelia is Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University and a foundation Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, which started in 2005. In addition, she is the first Chief Investigator on a number of nationally competitive ARC grants, three of which centrally focus on health communication issues. Research partners include the National Heart Foundation (Western Australian division) and Breast Cancer Care WA. Lelia has investigated the creation and operation of therapeutic websites developed to build online communities for supporting patients, and their families and friends.


The primary focus of Lelia’s research centres upon the complex interplay between technology and social change. Lelia’s first funded ARC Discovery project examined the role of the internet in Australian family life. This eventually brought Lelia into contact with the EU Kids Online network, led by Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lelia has served on the International Advisory Panel for this project, and as an associated researcher, since 2006.

Lelia is interested in, and has published on, the role of social support in patients’ responses to life-limiting health conditions. She also investigates how creativity helps patients manage their health challenges. The narratives that circulate around and through patient- and supporter-networks have a critical role to play in supporting positive approaches to living with illness. The health narratives research project builds upon and extends Lelia’s existing international research connections. She is also interested in discourses around diet-based cultural choice and health, adopting a plant-based (vegan) diet in 2007.


Online community, identity construction, creativity, young people, gift economy, remote communications, internet

Key publications

Green, L. (2010). The internet: An introduction to new media. London: Berg.

Green, L. (2002). Communication, technology and society. London: Sage; published concurrently as Technoculture: from alphabet to cybersex. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin.

Green, L. & Guinery, R. (Eds.). (1994). Framing technology: society, choice and change. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin.

Green, L., Brady, D., Ólafsson, K., Hartley, J., & Lumby, C. (2011). Risks and safety for Australian children on the internet, full findings from the AU Kids Online survey of 9-16 year olds and their parents. Cultural Science, 4(1). Retrieved from http://cultural-science.org/

Dare, J. & Green, L. (2011). Rethinking social support in women’s midlife years: Women’s experiences of social support in online environments. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(5), 473-490.

Witney, C., Green, L., Costello, L. & Bradshaw, V. (2013). Creativity in an online community as a response to the chaos of a breast cancer diagnosis. M/C Journal, 16(1): catastrophe. Retrieved from http://www.media-culture.org.au/

Bradshaw, V., Witney, C., Green, L. & Costello, L. (2012). Embodying knowledge of breast cancer in a disembodied community? M/C Journal 15(4): embody. Retrieved from http://www.media-culture.org.au/

Rodan, D., Uridge, L. & Green, L. (2012). Negotiating a new identity online and off-line: The HeartNET experience, In P. H. Cheong, J. N. Martin & L. P. Macfadyen (Eds.), New media and intercultural communication – Identity, community and politics. (vol. 13, pp. 139-154). New York: Peter Lang. (Critical intercultural communication studies).

Green, L., Brady, D., Holloway, D., Staksrud, E. & Ólafsson, K. (2013). What bothers Australian kids online? Children comment on bullies, porn and violence, CCI: ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation & ECU, retrieved from: http://www.cci.edu.au/reports/WhatBothersAusKidsFIN.pdf

Green, L., Ólafsson, K., Brady, D. & Šmahel, D. (2012). Excessive internet use among Australian children, CCI: ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation & ECU, retrieved from: http://www.cci.edu.au/sites/default/files/Excessive%20internet%20use%20among%20Australian%20children%20final_0.pdf