Dr Marie Oelgemöller is a lecturer and the Head of Multimedia Journalism and Writing in the College of Arts, Society and Education.

Originally from France, Marie moved to Australia in 2008 to complete her journalism studies at the University of Queensland (UQ - Brisbane). In 2014, she graduated from UQ with a PhD in International Journalism. Marie has also worked as a foreign correspondent for a number of Francophone and Anglophone news outlets in diverse regions of the world.

Her doctoral research examines the impact of socio-cultural and political issues, including traditional protocols and values, on contemporary journalism practice in the South Pacific region, with a focus on Vanuatu, Samoa and New Caledonia.

In addition to her media and communication background at a postgraduate level, Marie also has expertise and interests in the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Teaching and Learning Innovation scholarship.

Find here a list of the projects Marie is involved in:

- Recipient of a New Colombo Plan initiative, which will allow 20 JCU students to participate in an exchange with the National University of Samoa in 2016 and 2017. Please, get in touch if you are a JCU BA student interested in studying a semester at NUS in Samoa.

- Co-investigator in a research project documenting 150 years of Townsville history through the eyes of the media (in partnership with the Townsville Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Townsville Bulletin and supported by the Townsville City Council).

-Investigator in a project examining issues of bullying and cyberbullying in higher education and promoting online safety.

- Co-investigator in a project promoting the production of sustainable insect repellent made from native plants in New Caledonia with Associate Professor Michael Oelgemoeller and colleagues at the University of New Caledonia. Her role in this project focuses on the media outreach strategy and the design of educational resources promoting the use of sustainable means to fight insect-borne diseases in tropical regions.

Marie is interested in collaborative projects with researchers from institutions worldwide, as well as in the supervision of research students willing to complete higher research degrees in the fields of media, communication, humanities, arts, and governance.



  • BA3000: Arts Edge (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • CU1010: Effective Writing (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • CU1200: Effective Speaking (Level 1; TSV)
  • JN1005: Introduction to Multimedia Journalism, Writing and Communication (Level 1; TSV)
  • JN2011: Communication Law and Ethics: Writing for the Digital World (Level 2; TSV)
  • JN2301: Broadcast Journalism (Level 2; TSV)
  • JN3304: Multimedia Writing Projects (Level 3; TSV)
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Marie is interested in media, communication, political and socio-cultural issues in post colonial contexts and developing countries. She is keen to engage in collaborations with foreign institutions and researchers. She is currently working with the journalism department of National University of Samoa to develop a collaborative program and network between students and media practitioners in the tropical regions of the world.
  • Marie's teaching interests include journalism practice, communication, governance, indigenous issues, media theories, law and ethics in journalism and communication, investigative reporting, journalism and communication and media research.
  • 2013 to present - Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to present - Foreign Correspondent, Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes (New Caledonia)
  • 2017 - Visiting academic, Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 2015 - Visiting academic, National University of Samoa (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2015 - Visiting academic, Universite du Capitole (Toulouse, France)
  • 2012 - Journalist (Cas.), Vanuatu Daily Post (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
  • 2012 - Journalist (Cas.), Samoa Observer (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Academic tutor in Journalism and Communication, Emmanuel College (Australia, Brisbane)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Academic tutor in Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland (Australia, Brisbane)
  • 2011 - Visiting academic, CREDO (Marseille, France)
  • 2009 - Journalist (Cas.), Vanuatu Daily Post (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - $10,000 CASE Strategic Funds; Enhancing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on work-readiness and employability through internship and placement in the capstone
  • 2016 to 2018 - New Colombo Plan recipient, $110,000
  • 2016 to 2017 - $8,000 (LTSE) Developing resources to enhance cyber safety across JCU with Dr Margaret Carter and Dr Ariella van Luyn
  • 2014 - Inclusive Teaching Practice Award (JCU)
  • 2010 - Journalism Education Association of Australia Award recipient, $2,000
  • 2015 to 2019 - The Cairns Institute, Member
  • 2016 - Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, Member
  • 2010 to 2011 - Journalism Education Association of Australia, Member and Award Winner (2010)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies
  • 2017 - Visiting Lectureship - Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 2015 - Visiting fellow, National University of Samoa
  • 2011 - Visiting fellow, CREDO, Marseille, France

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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Book Chapters
Conference Papers
Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Marie Oelgemoeller from 2010 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Embassy of France in Australia - Fonds Pacifique

Safeguarding New Caledonia from insect-borne diseases: sustainable production of insect repellent from native plants

Indicative Funding
The public debate about climate change and pollution has seen some major shifts in community thinking in regards to sustainability and environmental resilience. These changes in public attitude have placed significant pressure on the chemical industry to move to using renewable energy sources and sustainable starting materials. The tropical region is rich in natural resources, especially biomass from tropical plants and sunlight. At the same time, insect-bone diseases such as dengue and malaria hamper the tropics, causing significant health, economic and social stresses. Following the 'prevention is better than cure' approach, this project will develop economically viable green manufacturing processes for potent insect repellents from local New Caledonian plants.
Michael Oelgemoeller, Marie M'Balla-Ndi and Nicolas Lebouvier (College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, Society & Education and Universite de la Nouvelle-Caledonie)
Sustainability; Tropical Health; Tropical societies; Solar Chemistry; Insect repellent; Education

Department of Science, Information, Technology, and Innovation - Women's Academic Fund

Into the storm: women journalists' experiences reporting on conflict in the Asia-Pacific

Indicative Funding
The project will fund Rebecca Te'o to present a lecture at James Cook University, Townsville. Rebecca Te?o lectures in journalism at the University of Southern Queensland. She has previously worked for APN New & Media, one of Australia?s largestnews publishers. Rebecca has almost 20 years? experience in writing and editing feature articles. She has worked with and interviewed people from all over the world from international celebrities to victims of violence and conflict. Her research interests are in journalism and trauma. She has written about the impact of long-term exposure to conflict and trauma on journalists, and the problems associated with the myth of the hard-bitten journalist. Herpresentation will have a focus on women in the media exposed to trauma and conflict, as well as women performing as journalists in the tropics of Oceania (e.g. the South Pacific region).
Marie M'Balla-Ndi (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Journalism; Conflict; Culture; Asia-Pacific; Culture; Society; Communication

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Dwelling in Contemporary New Caledonia: Implications of Low Cost Housing Architecture (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Australian Votes in the Making: Reprising the Columbia Voter Decision Making Studies in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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