Chief Investigator: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald


Professor Donald is the lead researcher on this project. It is now located at The University of Lincoln, but connections persist with the original location, UNSW, and with partners at the University of Reading (Professor Nagib), Hong Kong Baptist University (Professor Ying Zhu), and LSE and Middlesex (Professor Eleonore Kofman). Her research covers film, the media, and children’s experiences in the Asia-Pacific and European regions, with a particular focus on migration.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr Qiu Zitong


Dr Zitong Qiu is Associate Professor in the School of Media and Design at Ningbo Institute of Technology (NIT), Zhejiang University. Her research interests mainly cover three interdisciplinary areas: youth and childhood (from a cultural-historical approach), cultural theories (in particular Chinese modernism and modernity), and Chinese film studies. She has published work on Chinese youth and media in Cultural Studies, China Media Report and Oxford Bibliographies. She is currently working on her book, Youth and Chinese Modernity, which will be published by Zhejiang University Press.

Postgraduate Researcher: Kelly Royds


Kelly successfully submitted her PhD thesis at University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2016 before moving to work for children’s education and social outreach organisations in Boston, USA. She returned to Australia in 2019 to take up the position of Policy and Advocacy Manager at Youth Action, NSW. Her work and research for the past eight years has focused on the use of participatory media for social justice and development education. Her doctoral study explores the intersections of childhood, participatory media and international development. Kelly’s research in The Dorothy Project focussed on a meta-level international analysis of the migrant child, by exploring children’s own constructions of self, place and community through participatory video in Australia and Timor-Leste.


Royds, K. (2018). Reimagining Rural Childhoods through Participatory Video and Global Education. In A. Mandona & C. Mitchell (Eds.) Visual Encounters in the Study of Rural Childhoods (pp. 203-217).

Royds, K. (2015). Listening to learn: children’s experiences of participatory video for global education in Australia and Timor-LesteMedia International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, (154), 67–7.

Postgraduate researcher: Lina Tao


Lina Tao completed an MA by research ‘Media representation of internal migrant children in China between 1990 and 2012’ from the University of New South Wale as her contribution to The Dorothy Project. She has since returned to Beijing where she has worked in Education policy for the UK and New Zealand embassies. She continues to collaborate with Donald on reaching out to other child media researchers in China.  Her project interrogated the ways in which internal migrant children have been represented in the Chinese media, with a particular focus on the vibrant new media and the shifting media/power relation in contemporary China. Following the completion of a Bachelor’s degree at the School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University in 2004, she worked as a full-time journalist and film critic in Beijing, China. In 2008-2012, she was employed as a researcher and policy analyst at China Policy, an international independent think-tank. She was selected as a delegate to the 2013 Australia China Youth Dialogue and a fellow of Foundation for Australian Studies in China.

She currently works at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing.


Tao, L. and Donald SH, ‘Migrant Youth and New Media in Asia’, in L. Hjorth and O. Khoo eds. The Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

Postgraduate researcher: Zhenhui Yan

Zhenhui was also a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales under the supervision of Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Dr Yi Zheng (joint supervisor) and Dr Ayxem Eli (co-supervisor). She successfully submitted her thesis in 2017 and has returned to her position as a lecturer at China Agricultural University in Beijing, China. She received her BA and MA in linguistics respectively from Wuhan University in 2001 and Shanghai International Studies University in 2004. She received an MSc in film studies from University of Edinburgh in 2011. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Geographies of Ethnic Minority Children in Chinese Cinema (1990s and 2000s): rurality, ethnicity and nationalism’, focused on the relationship between cinematic landscapes and ethnic minority children in Chinese cinema. It was a multi-disciplinary research project encompassing cultural geography, film studies and children’s geographies. Zhenui completed her thesis in 2018.

Zhenhui has recently published part of her PhD in Children’s Geographies. Her article can be read here.

UK doctoral researcher: Tracy Mullan


Tracy Mullan was the UK in-country researcher for the Dorothy Project. She is a PhD candidate in the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of Middlesex. She is a former solicitor, and also previously worked in Azerbaijan for a film company producing a documentary about the Azerbaijan government’s response to a humanitarian crisis. Her recent work focused on the impact of Europe’s largest eviction (at Dale Farm, Essex UK) on 40 Irish and Gypsy traveller children. Her work with the Dorothy Project will include working with migrant children participating in film workshops.

Research assistant: Stefan Solomon


Stefan Solomon completed his PhD in Film and Literature in 2012 at the University of New South Wales. His thesis addressed the postwar work of William Faulkner, both as novelist and screenwriter, and considered the connections between literary and cinematic writing in the twentieth-century. He was  Research Assistant with the Dorothy Project, offering support to the CI, and conducting his own research into Spanish cinema and childhood, and also supporting the Leverhulme Project (see Child, Nation and Cinema: Borders and Encounters since 1980 ). He worked with Nagib as a postdoctoral researcher in film at The University of Reading.He has now returned to Australia where he works at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Research assistant: Dr Enda Murray


Enda Murray is an award winning media producer and educator with 29 years experience in the industry gained in Ireland, England and Australia. His body of work spans his interest in film, popular culture, health and social change. He was recently awarded his DCA from the University of Western Sydney and his DCA project looked at migrant connections between Ireland and Australia. His work has screened internationally on television and at major film festivals and he is a founding member of the art activist ensemble

Postdoctoral research associate: Dr Kaya Davies Hayon


Kaya Davies Hayon completed her PhD in French and Francophone film at the University of Manchester in 2015. She joined Professor Donald at the University of Lincoln in 2019 as a researcher on The Dorothy Project and other associated grants. Kaya’s research focuses broadly on the intersections of gender, ethnicity and sexuality in contemporary Maghrebi cinemas, and she has published in these fields. Her first monograph, Sensuous Cinema: The Body in Contemporary Maghrebi Film (2018), was recently published as part of Bloomsbury Academic’s Thinking Cinema series, edited by David Martin-Jones and Sarah Cooper.    

Web manager: Dr Jo Chipperfield


Jo Chipperfield is an editor, writer and educator specialising in academic writing, and currently works part-time as a Research Project Manager at the Australian Catholic University. Jo has a BA (1st class Hons) in English language and literatures and for her MA (Distinction) focused on Australian short stories (Hull 1995 & 1999). She also has as a postgraduate qualification in Editing and Publishing (UTS 2006) and a PhD in English from the University of Sydney, focused on narrative theory and crime writing. She has edited a range of academic collections, monographs, journal papers and books, and is also a non-fiction and crime writing mentor at Varuna, the National Writers’ House.