Children's active video games: family perceptions, users and negotiations
This research project explores infants' and toddlers' use of mobile and touchscreen media in family life. It draws on ethnographic data from households focused on changing media environments, everyday encounters with and embodiments of mobile interfaces. This household research is accompanied by online data collection focused on the public context of, and cultural content shared about, young children's mobile media use on social media. Drawing these lines of inquiry together, this research explores the intersection of touchscreen interfaces, digital parenting, and commercial software design.
This research is supported by an Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE130100735).
Emerging Networks of Collaborative Exchange
The research aims to deepen our understanding of the complexity, cultural significance and innovative potential of new sharing and exchange practices for Australian social and economic life, by focusing on local case studies of collaborative networks to capture and dissect the diversity of this emerging sector, to understand the actors participating in each network, the contribution of the technologies and their affordances, and the ways they are represented in the public and policy imagination.
This research has been supported to date by a Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) Seed Funding Grant. It involves a collaboration with the City of Melbourne Smart City Office to co-produce a report on the Melbourne sharing economy; and is currently under consideration for an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.