Professor Ingrid Volkmer,
Director of the International Digital Policy Initiative
Ingrid Volkmer is Professor of Digital Communication and Globalisation, School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Overall, her research has a focus on how digital communications and big data are creating new models for transnational communication. Her work addresses these new models in a broad range of areas from public communication and notions of digital citizenship, to the implications for politics and international relations, and the development of new frameworks for transnational digital/data policy. She has completed the Global Youth Survey for the World Health Organization on 'Social Media & COVID-19 - a Global Study of Digital Crisis Interaction among Gen Z and Millenials' (conducted in cooperation with Wunderman Thompson and Pollfish). Professor Volkmer also leads the Global Risk Journalism Hub, an international network of interdisciplinary scholars, educators and practitioners investigating the news reporting of globalised crisis issues. Beyond her research, Professor Volkmer is actively engaged in public policy development in this area. She was appointed to the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) as a Lead Author in transnational digital communication. She engages in various digital policy debates at the OECD in 2018 and was appointed to the OECD's expert panel on AI governance in 2019.