Siobhán publishes traditional scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, academic blogs and articles for The Conversation. Her general academic research profile is here.  Orcid ID Profile is here.

She also produces Non-Traditional Research Outcomes (NTROs), as practice-based research: usually narrative podcasts and audio documentaries. See this short article for discussion of how she situates NTROs as academic research.

Siobhán’s current research focus is how podcasting is developing as a new medium. She is interested in how podcasting can extend the impact of journalism, include marginalised voices and build connection. She is also examining the aesthetics of narrative podcasts and how podcasting may develop in culturally diverse and non-Anglophone settings, such as Asia.

See her short article on teaching Chinese journalists about podcasting.


McHugh, S, w Richard Baker, Rachael Dexter, Kate Cole-Adams, Tom McKendrick (2019). The Last Voyage of the Pong Su. Podcast, 10 x episodes, 6hrs 7mins. The Age. NTRO.

McHugh S, w Greg Muller, Evan Martin (2019). Gertie’s Law. Podcast, 12 x episodes, c. 10hrs. Supreme Court of Victoria. NTRO.

McHugh, S, w Richard Baker, Rachael Dexter, Greg Muller, Tom McKendrick (2018). Wrong Skin. Podcast, 6 x episodes, c. 4hrs. The Age. NTRO.

McHugh, S. Heart of Artness (2018-19), podcast series, 6 x episodes, c.4hrs. NTRO.


McHugh, S. w Margo Neale and Ian McLean (2018). The Conquistador, The Warlpiri and the Dog Whisperer.Earshot, ABC Radio National, 13 April 2018, 30mins. NTRO.,-the-warlpiri-and-the-dog-whisperer/9617950

Bachelard, M., Baker, R., McHugh, S., McKendrick, T., Posetti, J., Young, T. (2016), Phoebe’s Fall. Podcast series, 6 episodes, c. 3hrs30mins. The Age, 22 September -27 October 2016. NTRO.

McHugh S. and Baker J., (2013). Eat Pray Mourn: Crime and Punishment in Jakarta. ABC Radio National 360 Documentaries, Sydney, and ABC Radio.  Selected in competition for programming at 40th International Features Conference (Radio), Leipzig, 11-15 May 2014. Featured, Ubud Writers Festival, 2014. Bronze award, New York Radio Festival. NTRO: collaboration between journalism and anthropology.

McHugh, S. (2009). Marrying Out Part I: Not in Front of the Altar. ABC Radio National, Hindsight, Sydney, radio documentary, 53mins. NTRO.—-part-one-not-in-front-of-the-altar/3068558

McHugh, S. A. (2009). Marrying Out Part 2: Between Two Worlds. ABC Radio National, Hindsight, Sydney, radio documentary, 53mins. NTRO.


‘The Narrative Podcast as Digital Literary Journalism: Conceptualizing S-Town.’ Literary Journalism Studies, in press (2020).

McHugh, S (2018).  ‘Transcultural Audio Storytelling: When German, Australian and African Voices Meet’ In Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Encounters with an Old Medium, G. Föllmer & A. Badenoch (eds). Transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany.

McHugh, S (2017).  ‘Memoir for Your Ears: The Podcast Life’, in Mediating Memory: tracing the limits of memoir, B. Avieson, F. Giles, & S. Joseph (eds), Routledge: Oxford.

McHugh, S. (2016) ‘The Affective Power of Sound’, in R. Perks & A. Thomson (eds), The Oral History Reader, Routledge: Oxford, pp. 490-507. Library Holdings: 11 Australian, 36 international.

McHugh, S. (2016). ‘How podcasting is changing the audio storytelling genre.’ The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 14 (1), pp. 65-82. [2,313 downloads on Researchgate, 1 May 2020].

McHugh, S. (2014). ‘RadioDoc Review: developing critical theory of the radio documentary and feature form.’ Australian Journalism Review, 36 (2), pp. 23-35.

McHugh, S. (2014).  ‘Audio storytelling: unlocking the power of audio to inform, empower and connect.’ Asia Pacific Media Educator, 24 (2), pp 1-16.

Lindgren, M. and McHugh, S. (2013), ‘Not Dead Yet: Emerging Trends in Radio Documentary Forms in Australia and the US’, Australian Journalism Review, Vol 35, (2), pp. 101-113.

McHugh S.A. (2012), “The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio”, Oral History Review (39): 187-206 Online hereNOTE: this is a multimedia article with illustrative audio clips

McHugh, S.A. 2012, “Incorrigibly Plural: A Dubliner’s Diaspora”, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, (12),  pp123-35

McHugh S.A. (2012) ‘Oral history and the radio documentary/feature: introducing the “COHRD” (Crafted Oral History Radio Documentary) form”, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media,  10, (1),  pp35-51. See,id=123/view,page=0/

McHugh S.A. (2011)  ‘Oral History Goes To Air: reflections on compiling oral history as radio narrative.’  Oral History Association of Australia Journal (32), pp54-62.

McHugh, S. (2011) “The Power of Voice”: multimedia essay comparing the impact of print and audio texts. Commissioned by Transom, US-based public radio forum founded by Peabody-award winning broadcaster Jay Allison.

McHugh, S. (2009), ‘Not in front of the altar: mixed marriages and sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants in pre-multicultural Australia’History Australia, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 42.1-42.22. (multimedia)

McHugh, S. A. (2007), ‘The aerobic art of interviewing‘, Asia Pacific Media Educatorvol. December, no. 18, pp. 147-154.

McHugh, S. A. (2007), ‘Jeromin, Heinz (1925-1987), in D. Bennet & D. Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17: 1981-1990, A-K, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria. pp. 589-590.  Library Holdings: 16 Australian, 54 international.

 McHugh, S. A. (2006), ‘Minefields and miniskirts: the perils and pleasures of adapting oral history for the stage‘, Oral History Association Of Australia Journal, no. 28, pp. 22-29.

McHugh, S. A. (2003), ‘Cotton’, in R. Williams (ed), Asimov’s Elephant, ABC Books, Sydney, pp. 174-80.  Library Holdings: 52 Australian, 58 international (incl. British Library).

McHugh, S. A., Allam, L., Atwood, B., Campbell, M., Choo, C., Clark, I., Beed Davey, G., Dimond, G., George, K., Haebich, A., Harrison, J., Hodgson, S., Hollinsworth, D., Hutchings, S., Kidd, R., Lacey, R., McLeavy, L., Morrisey, P., Mellor, D. & Plater, D. (2002), ‘The Carers’, in A. Haebich & D. Mellor (eds), Many Voices: reflections on experiences of Indigenous child separation, 1 edn, National Library of Australia, Australia, pp. 113-38.  Library Holdings: 139 Australian, 181 international (incl. British Library, Cambridge).

McHugh, S. A. (1996), ‘Power Cuts’, in L. Murphy (ed), Wee Girls: women writing from an Irish perspective, 1 edn, Spinifex, Melbourne. pp. 100-21.  Library Holdings: 31 Australian, 144 international (incl. Cambridge, Cornell. Library of Congress, Princeton, Yale).

McHugh, S. A.( 1994). ‘Minefields and miniskirts: Australian women and the Vietnam war’, Oral History Association Of Australia Journal (16)


McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Indigenous Voices of Australia’, hosted by Native American Program, Harvard University. Seminar, 12 October 2011.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Minefields, Miniskirts and MixedMarriage: Oral Histories from Down Under’, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, 15 October 2011. Public talk.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Oral History as Crafted Radio Narrative: in pursuit of a higher truth’.  Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, 16 October 2011.Seminar.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘The Power of Voice’. Uni in the Brewery, University of Wollongong, 2 November 2011. Public presentation. Film here.

McHugh, S. A. 2011, ‘Mixed Marriage and The Myth of ‘Anglo-Celtic’ Australia’, John Hume Institute of Global Irish Studies, University of NSW, 11 March 2011. FILM of lecture here.

McHugh, S. A. 2010, Oral History Goes to Air, State Library of New South Wales, 6 November 2010. Public Talk.

McHugh, S. A. 2010. ‘The Snowy Mountains Scheme: how a hydro-electric scheme helped build a nation’,Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 11th International Radio Festival, Zibakenar, Iran. May 2011.

McHugh, S. 2009, ‘Power for the People’: National Archives of Australia, 16 August. PUBLIC LECTURE. AUDIO here.

McHugh, S.A. 2001, Images and Imaginings: Perspectives in Irish Studies, National University of Ireland. ‘Stolen Children, White Lies and Good Habits: Aboriginal children and the Irish nuns who ‘grew them up’’. NUI Galway, 28 March. PUBLIC LECTURE

McHugh, S. A. 2000, ‘How television compromises history: the making of the Irish Empire series’, Irish-Australasian Studies Conference, University of Notre Dame: Mary Durack 27 April 2000. PUBLIC LECTURE

McHugh, S. A. 1998. ‘Confessions of an Accidental Migrant.’ Irish-Australasian Studies Conference, University of Ballarat, Victoria. KEYNOTE

McHugh, S. A. 1997. ‘Trust me – I’m Irish: reflections on cross-cultural interviewing’, Crossing Borders: Oral History Association of Australia National Conference, Oral History Association of Australia, Alice Springs. KEYNOTE.



My Doctorate awarded 2011 with commendation from Prof Alessandro Portelli of University of Rome. Title: ‘Oral History and the Radio Documentary/Feature: Intersections and Synergies.’

My dissertation (90,000 words) is now available online. It asks how oral history and the radio documentary form can inform each other, theoretically and practically. Contains some great insights from radio practitioners and oral historians, as well as a detailed case study of the making of Marrying Out, my award-winning documentary on mixed-religion marriage and family conflict.