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Biography

I am a Research Fellow in Sociology at Monash University. My research explores how self-tracking devices (like smartwatches and Fitbits) change how we see ourselves, our bodies, and our daily acitivities. This work draws on ethnographic, media, and internet studies methodologies to highlight the role of software in everyday life.

I also work on a number of projects in the School of Social Sciences:

  • Young Adults’ Experience with Australian Public Services: Funded by Australian public services, this comprehensive mixed-method study aims to understand young people’s experiences and perceptions of Australian public services. It also explores young people’s transitions towards adulthood, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their imagined futures. Ben is Research Fellow and Project Manager with the study, working with Steven Roberts, Jo Lindsay, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Zareh Ghazarian, Jonathan Smith, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, and Verity Trott.
  • Antimicrobial Futures and Societies: This project contributes to the global and multi-sector response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Ben works with A/Prof Mark Davis, exploring how news media (television, print and online) communicates AMR to the public, as well as the role of internet pharmacies in AMR issues. This project is funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants (DP170100937 and DP200100002).

I am is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).

Research area keywords

  • Digital Health
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • Internet of Things
  • Social Media
  • Mixed Methods
  • internet research

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