Dr Heather Stewart

Adjunct Fellow

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Dr Heather Stewart has been a journalist for 20 years, including almost a decade with the ABC in news and current affairs and covering content for ABC Radio National. She is a Walkley award winner and two times nominee and her work received a Gold and Bronze Medal in the New York Festival world's best radio documentary and for social equity coverage.

As a media, marketing and communication contractor and consultant in the mining, oil and gas, education, and the not for profile and public sectors in Queensland and Federal government departments she has honed her digital skills preparing integrated marketing communication plans and advertising campaigns and mentored executives in business digital transformation.

in 2016, she received a peer nomination for teaching innovation at TAFE Queensland where she ran two iterations of the Advanced Accelerated Diploma of Marketing positioning mature age student teams with small and medium businesses to create business plans and integrated marketing campaigns.

She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2018 conducting a longitudinal study into the impact of technological change on ABC journalists and journalism while teaching students in media and communication at UQ and QUT.

Joining UQ as a teaching and learning academic in 2006, she has coordinated courses and received a UQ Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She was the joint winner of the UQ Vice Chancellor's Award, a high commendation in the UQ Trailblazer award for her teaching model empowering students to tell First Nation stories in an informed way. She co-led the United Nations World Press Freedom Day Indigenous Voice Communication for Social Change Forum at UQ in 2010.

She currently is a Post Doc Researcher at The University of Queensland,with Associate Professor Sarah Jane Kelly and Associate Professor Remi Ayoko.

As Chief Investigator she is leading the Digital First Business Transformation Project and the Rapid Transition to Online Learning study with partners in eight regions. She is the leader of a team in a bilateral Australia Indonesia Centre SRR PAIR grant investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Indonesia's Small and Medium Enterprises.

Heather is a Visiting Professor at Universitas Indonesia.

Heather specialises in digital media, marketing and communication change management, journalism work practice research, digital transformation in the media, work-integrated learning, and change management, and best practice for coverage of mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

In 2020, she supported the Service Learning Online Internship Program at Griffith University as a research assistant and cofacilitator with a focus on mental health and well-being, digital inclusivity, environmental sustainability, and all abilities inclusivity. The pilot project is the subject of a book chapter and series of research publications.

Dr Stewart is a UQ Mental Health Champion and First Responder supporting students and staff. If you are in need of support please email heather.stewart@uq.edu.au

Research Interests

  • Digital transformation in business marketing communication
    Dr Stewart has worked in State and Federal government, not-for-profit and corporate media, marketing and communications roles since 2012 transforming work practice from a traditional to integrated approach across multiple platforms including social media. Her current research publications centre on the impact of technological change digital transformation at the ABC. She has published a series of article about work-integrated learning in journalism and using digital content generation.

Research Impacts

As joint chief investigator of a UQ-funded Higher Equity Support Grant, a UQ Teaching and Learning Grant, an ARC First Link grant and an AITSIS grant, Dr Stewart co-led, with Michael Williams, the Indigenous Voice project 2008-2012, which was awarded the UQ Vice Chancellor's Equity Award and highlighly commended in the UQ Trailblazers Awards in 2010. Dr Stewart was also awarded a UQ Teaching and Learning Excellence Award in 2012 for her work-integrated learning innovation.

Dr Stewart has been a keynote speaker and invited speaker at industry conferences and guest speaker at UQ and QUT journalism and communication courses. She was a teaching and learning academic a UQ 2006-2012, and returned to UQ as an Honorary Research Fellow in 2019, and tutor, teaching faciltator and researcher in 2020.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Carson, Andrea, Baker, Richard and Stewart, Heather (2013). Case study: taking journalists on the journey. Journalism research and investigation in a digital world. (pp. xv-344) edited by Stephen J. Tanner and Nick Richardson. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press ANZ.

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