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Professor Kath Albury

Professor of Media and Communication


Kath is the co-Leader of the Digital Inclusion Program in Swinburne's Social Innovation Research Institute (SIRI), and is an Associate Investigator in the Swinburne Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. She leads the Data for Good Sandpit project, a SIRI/ Social Data Analytics Lab partnership with the Lord Major's Charitable Foundation, EntertainmentAssist, GoodCycles and Yooralla Disability Services. 

Her research investigates young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning, safety and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the ways digital media users engage in cultures of care, and the ways that individuals and organisations understand and practice digital literacy and data literacy.

Since 2001, Kath has been a Chief Investigator on four ARC Discovery grants. She was the Lead Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation project 'Young People and Sexting in Australia', and has led two ARC Linkage project, including the 'Safety, Risk and Wellbeing on Dating Apps' project, a collaboration with ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and Family Planning NSW. She has also successfully coordinated a commissioned research collaboration with the NSW Health Department’s STI Programs Unit, and undertaken a Researcher in Business placement funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Inquiries are welcomed from prospective Honours, Masters and PhD students interested in projects focused on the intersection of mobile and social media platforms and technologies, digital and data literacies, and gender and sexualities.

Fields of Research

  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies - 200102
  • Consumption And Everyday Life - 200203
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality - 200205