Personal profile

Biography

Dr. Aziz is a Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Monash University Malaysia. He completed his PhD studies at the School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. His doctoral project explored how Rohingya refugees in Australia and Bangladeshi refugee camps use digital technologies in their everyday lives to negotiate identity, inclusion, and belonging. His work has appeared in many high-quality research journals, including Policy & Internet, New Media & Society, Media Culture & Society, International Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture and Critique, Contemporary South Asia, Media Asia, and Technology in Society. His work has also been presented in scholarly forums, such as ICA, IAMCR & AoIR.

Dr. Aziz is the recipient of the Transformative Research Award 2023 for the article "Rohingya Diaspora Online" published in the New Media & Society Journal. Additionally, he writes for public media outlets (such as academic blogs and magazines) including The Diplomat and 360info, and has also been interviewed by journalists, including the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS Bangla) Australia.

Research interests

Dr. Aziz is an interdisciplinary researcher and his research interests lie at the intersection of digital media, diaspora/(forced) migration, and cultural studies, with a particular focus on marginalized communities in the global south. Applying a sociological lens informed by digital media scholarship, his primary research area includes the sociocultural dimensions of everyday digital media practices in diverse settings, which engages critical questions about dynamics of (im)mobility/inequalities and power in the everyday life. 

Supervision interests

He welcomes research projects and collaboration in any and/or some of these intersecting four broader thematic areas: (1) Media, Migration & Diaspora: to explore the everyday media practice among migrants, refugees and diasporas, how digital technologies play a role among them in negotiating identities and the integration/settlement process in intercultural and diverse settings, (2) Digital Inclusion & Participation: to investigate how marginalized communities negotiate the dynamics of socio-cultural issues, such as social (in)equalities/exclusion and digital divide to ensure access, inclusion and participation, (3) Youth, Culture & Media: to explore the youths’ participation in mediated societies– cultural identities and social change, activism and digital citizenship. (4) Religion, Media & Culture: to examine the impacts of digital technology on religious lives and the nature of mediated faith. More specifically, how Islam is mediated/practised online, including everyday religious practices (in diasporic settings), digital transnational religious spaces, and the emergence of Islamophobia online. 

He has expertise in a range of qualitative and digital methods, including multi-sited, visual and digital ethnography (e.g., Social Media Scroll back, Walkthrough, interviews, focus groups and discourse analysis). Find his CV for research updates and a complete list of publications. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Media & Communication, PhD, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

20192022

Digital Communication , MA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)

20162018

Research area keywords

  • Digital culture
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital inclusion
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Religion and society
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital activism
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Youth and media
  • Migration and Justice
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Rohingya Refugees
  • South Asia
  • Bangladesh

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or