Barbara Barbosa Neves

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20092019
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Biography

Barbara Barbosa Neves is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University in the School of Social Sciences. She is also the Jacques Leclercq Chair in Digital Technology & Society (2019) at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. In addition, she is an elected board member of the International Sociological Association, Family Research Committee (RC06). 

Barbara is a sociologist of technology, interested in the links between digital and social inequalities. In particular, she studies the role of emerging technologies in later life and within family contexts. She specializes in mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative), participatory approaches, applied and cross-disciplinary methodologies, and has researched and taught in Sociology and Computer Science departments.

Prior to moving to Australia, she was an Associate Director and Researcher at the 'Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab' (TAGlab), Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada. At TAGlab, Barbara led interdisciplinary teams designing and evaluating digital technologies with/for older people living in long-term care facilities. Her studies have been used to improve the design of technology for older people and to inform care practices and policy in Canada, Europe, and now here in Australia. 

Her recent research explores the role of VR and robotic companions in later life, as well as co-designed sociotechnical interventions to help address loneliness and social isolation among older people. Barbara's mission is to ensure digital technology works for diverse groups of older people, rather than excluding them.

Barbara's research has been published in top-tier journals/outlets in Social and Computer Sciences, such as 'Information Communication & Society', 'Social Science Research', 'Journal of Applied Gerontology', 'Journal of Aging Studies', 'CHI', 'ASSETS', 'PLOS One', among other highly ranked publications. 

Her work has been awarded and recognized in North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia. She was recently named by the ABC and University of Sydney among the Top 5 Humanities and Social Science Scholars in Australia for a media residency (2019). 

Further information about her research activities and a list of 40+ publications can be found on her website

Research area keywords

  • Sociology of Technology
  • Ageing
  • Mixed methods research
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Families
  • Social Inequalities
  • Participatory research
  • Digital Technologies
  • emerging technologies

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Research Output 2009 2019

Ageing and Digital Technology: Designing and Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Older Adults

Neves, B. & Vetere, F., 2019, 1 ed. Singapore: Springer. 335 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Ageing and Emerging Digital Technologies

Neves, B. & Vetere, F., 2019, Ageing and Digital Technology: Designing and Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Older Adults. Barbosa Neves, B. & Vetere, F. (eds.). 1 ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 1-14

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Can Digital Technology Enhance Social Connectedness Among Older Adults? A Feasibility Study

Barbosa Neves, B., Franz, R., Judges, R., Beermann, C. & Baecker, R., 2019, In : Journal of Applied Gerontology. 38, 1, p. 49-72 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluating the use of interactive virtual reality technology with older adults living in residential aged care

Baker, S., Waycott, J., Robertson, E., Carrasco, R., Neves, B., Hampson, R. & Vetere, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Information Processing and Management. 102105.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exergames and Neuropsychological Functions in Older Adults: An Experimental Approach

Pasqualotti, A., Amaro, F. & Neves, B., 2019, Ageing and Digital Technology: Designing and Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Older Adults. Barbosa Neves, B. & Vetere, F. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 247-265 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2012 2019

  • 5 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Professional association or peak discipline body
  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Journal of Family Studies (Journal)

Barbara Barbosa Neves (Associate editor)
Feb 2019Feb 2023

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Elected Board Member of the International Sociological Association, Committee on Family Research (ISA-RC06)

Barbara Barbosa Neves (Executive Member)
20182022

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

International Sociological Association IV Forum

Barbara Barbosa Neves (Organiser)
Dec 2018Jun 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Conference on Families & Inequalities, ISA-RC06

Barbara Barbosa Neves (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Nov 20171 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018

Barbara Barbosa Neves (Organiser)
20172018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference