Dr Philip Cass has worked as a journalist, trainer, educator and researcher in Australia, the Pacfic, the United Kingdom and the Arabian Gulf.
His research interests include the history of the press in the Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea. He is particularly interested in the role of the churches in PNG and their role in promoting Tok Pisin through religious and secular publications.
His doctoral thesis, "People, politics and press in Papua New Guinea, 1950-1975", explored how the press in PNG reflected the rapid political and social changes from the end of the Second World War to the creation of an independent nation.
Previously working in the Sultanate of Oman, he is now postgraduate programme leader in communication studies at Unitec, Auckland.