Partners: Dr Sian Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University)
Funding: $12,872 – University of Tasmania
This project focuses on the sustained use of digital social media, specifically Facebook, exploring changes in disclosure practices over time. Dr Lincoln and I have sought to better understand the role of social media in mediating and archiving ‘growing up’ narratives, where key rites of passage are mediated and recorded by default over time. The digital traces that are generated through the sustained use of sites like Facebook come to serve as longitudinal records of people’s lives, and we are interested in how users – especially young people who have been using digital social media throughout their lives – make sense of these traces. The research method involves in-depth interviews with participants (20-29 years old) and ‘scrolling back’ through their social media histories (5+ years).
Sensing Tourist Travel in Tasmania
Partners: Dr Anne Hardy, Prof Richard Eccleston, Dr Tommy Wong, Dr Jaganath Aryal, Dr Dugald Tinch, Dr Kate Booth, Ms Sarah Hyslop (all UTas)
Funding: $499,534 – Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development via ‘Sense T’
This project seeks to track, through GPS devices, the movement of several hundred groups of tourists over a three month period in Tasmania, while also understanding how they use social media during travel. My own role in the project, as the social media researcher on a team of seven investigators (including tourism researchers, economists, geographers, and sociologists), is to study the social media use of these tourists, analysing how they sense, record, and reflect on their own experiences of travel in digital social spaces. We will recruit a smaller sample of the larger cohort to follow on social media and interview by phone, both during their trip and when they return home, to understand how experiences of travel are mediated online (images, geo-location data, text), and shared with a network, then reflected upon in the future.
The Scrolling Beyond Binaries Study
Partners: Brendan Churchill (UTas); Ben Hanckel (UTS); Son Vivienne (Flinders); Paul Byron (UNSW)
Funding: $30,000 – University of Tasmania
This project seeks to better understand the ways in which young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer + people in Australia use social media in their everyday lives. We are interested in social media use for communication, creating new relationships, maintaining existing ones, and seeking out information (on sexual identity, sexual health, local community, and a wider sense of belonging). We are also interested in the forms of digital social media young LGBTIQ+ people are engaging with, and how these engagements may (or may not) help foster a sense of belonging that can mitigate against experiences of homophobia, transphobia, isolation, and exclusion. We are planning a mixed-methods approach beginning with a national survey and continuing with semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted via Skype. This project is in its early stages. More information and updates:
I am privileged to work with a range of postgraduate research students. HDR (Higher Degree Research) Supervision is, I think, one of the most important parts of my job, and certainly one of the most enjoyable. I have supervised, and am open to future supervision, on topics in the sociology of youth and digital media. Below is a list of current projects I supervise, and a list of past projects.
- PhD: Exploring the Significance of ICTs in Intimate Relationship Construction, Experience, and Dissolution
- PhD: Out of the Digital Closet: Young Same-Sex Attracted People’s Experience of Coming Out Online
- PhD: Wearable Wellbeing: Understanding Self-Tracking for Better Health
- PhD: Investigating the Behavioural and Attitudinal Characteristics of the Australian Football League’s Tasmanian Members, Associates, Supporters and Fans Through the Lens of Neo-Tribalism
- PhD: Gay Neo-Tribes: An Exploration of Space and Travel Behaviour
- Honours: Young people’s attitudes towards Consensual Non-Monogamy
- Honours: Tool, Toy & Tutor: Understanding Self-Tracking Devices
- Honours: Coming out on YouTube: Young same-sex attracted men’s experience of coming out online
- Honours: File-Sharer Behaviours and Membership in Private Peer-to-Peer Networks
- Honours: The role of digital social media in re-partnering practices for people in their 30s and 40s