Doctoral Academy 2017

Thirteen students are members of our 2017 Doctoral Academy. The students come from a diverse range of disciplines across the University of Melbourne and are united in their connection to the questions, challenges and opportunities facing the networked society.

The Doctoral Academy is convened by Robbie Fordyce an Institute PhD Top-up scholarship recipient who has submitted his thesis for examination that addresses and accounts for a gap in the work of "post-autonomist” theorists of globalisation.

Members

Fraser Allison

Fraser Allison

Interaction Design Lab, School of Computing and Information Systems

Fraser studies the ways people interact with virtual characters and personified software agents, and particularly the uses of virtual characters in voice interfaces.


AC Blogg

AC Blogg

Media and Communications, School of Culture and Communication

AC's research focuses on the social outcomes of data use and its real-life implications for individuals.


Estelle Boyle

Estelle Boyle

Media and Communications, School of Culture and Communication

Estelle's research interests focus on the interplay between the network society, migration, and experiences of belonging and displacement for people of refugee and migrant backgrounds, attentive to the social impacts of contemporary and historical communication methods.


Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Scott’s research interests focus upon the use of technology, in particular Computer Algebra Systems, for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. Scott is also interested in researching how students' attitudes towards technology influence their use of technology in Mathematics.


David Cumming

David Cumming

Department of Computer Science

David’s research revolves around aspects of eSports consumption, with a current focus on the relationship between materiality and eSports spectating practices.


Ikee Dimaguila

Gerardo Luis (Ikee) Dimaguila

Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre

Ikee's research interests are measuring effects of the utilisation of person-generated health data.


Kim Doyle

Kim Doyle

Media and Communications, School of Culture and Communication

Kim's research interests are news in the network society, computational journalism, discourse analysis, new media and natural language processing.


Penny Gleeson

Penny Gleeson

Melbourne Law School

Penny is researching the political legitimacy of the regulation of therapeutic goods in Australia. She is examining case studies including medicinal cannabis, medical abortion, stem cell therapies and genetic testing and editing. Penny’s research interests include public health law; the ethical, legal and social implications of new technologies and public law and policy.


Donna L. Hensler

Donna L. Hensler

School of Film and Television, Faculty of VCA and MCM

Donna's research is related to digital archiving in the age of digital disruption. Donna L. Hensler is a Melbourne based film producer and the Screen Production Coordinator at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television. She has been working in the arts and film industry for over 15 years, predominantly in film and TV production. She is currently embarking on a practice led PhD project, aimed at digitising, preserving and providing access to the audiovisual archive of Australia’s oldest film school.


Kate Mannell

Kate Mannell

History & Philosophy of Science and Media & Communications

Kate’s doctoral research explores how young people manage their social availability through mobile messaging and her research interests include technology resistance, mobile media, and the everyday use of digital communication.


Jane Mavoa

Jane Mavoa

Department of Computing and Information Systems

Jane is interested in the way that digital technology is reshaping the way that children play. This interest extends to the way that childhood itself, as a social construct, is re-negotiated in the face of increasingly ubiquitous media accessed through mobile and internet enabled technology. Her PhD project looks in detail at the game Minecraft, its use by children, and surrounding discourses of hope and concern for the future of 'childhood'.


Dana McKay

Dana McKay

Department of Computing and Information Systems

Dana is interested in how human beings and technology meet in the quest to find and manage information. After ten years as a user experience researcher practitioner working in an academic library, Dana has recently become a full time PhD student at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the iSchool there, and a recipient of a Google PhD fellowship in HCI.


Alexa Scarlata

Alexa Scarlata

Media and Communications / Cultural Studies – School of Culture & Communication

Alexa's research interests include the informal and digital distribution of video content, media piracy, and the cultural implications and political economy of transnational television programming.