With a first degree and second degree in Psychology and Communication Studies/Cultural Studies, Dr Murphy Joined the University of Malta in 1994, having worked in the advertising industry in Dublin and London. She then read for a PhD at Goldsmiths' College, University of London in the area of media consumption and diaspora.
In 2009 Dr Murphy moved from the Department of Communication Studies where she had been lecturing, supervising students and carrying out administrative duties, to the Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking.
In February 2010 she was appointed Acting Director of the Institute and was responsible for administrative and academic coordination for the local and international post graduate programmes there.
In November 2013 Council sanctioned the establishment of a new Department of Gender Studies, in the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and she joined this Department as a founding member. Setting up this department has been a team-driven exercise – breaking ground in formulating a department that will offer postgraduate programmes – e.g. Masters in Gender Studies (Research); Masters in Gender Studies (Taught); and PhD’s in gender focused research. The Department will engage at Faculty Level, across all disciplines, and will outreach to stakeholders and the society at large. And in 2014 she was elected and became President of UMASA - University of Malta Academic Staff Association.
Alongside extensive teaching experience and several demanding research projects, she has supported her department administratively and have nurtured links between the University and industry by coordinating projects in advertising and media research which has enabled students to work with bodies such as the police, Civil Protection, Department of Health, National Commission for Promotion of Equality and the Employment and Training Corporation developing advertising and promotional material for them, using print and broadcast media. Furthermore, she has worked closely with the Malta Broadcasting Authority as Chair of their Gender Advisory Committee, and have acted as advisor to the National Commission for Promotion of Equality when queries occur around negative gender or racial material in national advertising campaigns.
Murphy, B. 2017, " Malta: A critical mapping of women in the media - absences and contested occupancies - from Boardrooms to Broadcasts" in Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe , eds. K. Ross & C. Padovani, Routledge, London, pp. 126-135.
GMMP 2015, Global Media Monitoring Project, WACC, Canada.
Murphy, B. 2015, Brewing Identities: Globalisation, Guinness and the Production of Irishness, 1st edn, Peter Lang, New York.
European Institute for Gender Equality 2013, Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations: Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States: Women and the Media , European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), European Union.
Murphy, B. 2012, "Masculinities and Consumption, Guinness: an economic entity and a cultural icon in southern Africa" in Essays and Source Materials on South African-Irish History as vol.4 of occasional series, Southern African-Irish Studies, ed. D.P. McCracken, Ireland and Southern-Africa Project, Durban, pp. 47-71.
Murphy, B. 2015, Brewing Identities: Globalisation, Guinness and the production of Irishness New York: Peter Lang Publishers (Peer reviewed) PUBLISHED
Murphy, B and Ward, E [In Progress] The Mediterranean Brand
Baldacchino, R., Cutajar, J., Murphy, B. & Naudi, M. (2016). ‘Gender and Sexuality: Mapping Histories and Departures’. In Briguglio, M. & Brown, M. (Eds.). Sociology of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Agenda. (forthcoming)
Murphy, B. and Sammut, C. (2016). ‘Media Stories - histories, methods and practices’. In Briguglio, M. & Brown, M. (Eds.). Sociology of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Agenda. (forthcoming)
Murphy, B. (forthcoming 2016). ‘Malta: A critical mapping of women in the media - absences and contested occupancies - from Boardrooms to Broadcasts’. Ross K. and Padovani C. (eds) Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe. Routledge. (in Press)
Cutajar, J., Murphy, B. & Naudi, M. (forthcoming 2016) Women’s Encyclopaedia - Malta. (forthcoming)