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Personal profile

Biography

Brady Robards is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to this Brady was Associate Lecturer at Griffith University, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania. His research explores how young people use and produce digital social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, and Reddit. Brady's current projects include:

  • Social Media & Employment: Brady is currently working on a three year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project on social media and employment. This project aims to investigate how a) young people present professional identities on social media when preparing for employment, and b) how employers use social media in recruitment.
  • Growing up on Facebook: With Sian Lincoln, since 2014 Brady has been studying sustained or longitudinal social media use among people in their 20s who have grown up using social media. Brady and Sian developed the 'social media scroll back' method to examine longitudinal digital traces inscribed on social media through regular use over years, where researchers can work with research participants as co-analysts of their own digital traces.
  • Scrolling Beyond Binaries: With Brendan Churchill, Paul Byron, Son Vivienne, and Benjamin Hanckel, since 2016 Brady has been studying social media use among LGBTIQ+ young people. This project employed mixed-methods, including a survey conducted in 2016 and interviews conducted in 2017. Key findings cover the ways in which different platforms are used to manage different audiences and networks, and how networked publics operate to build a sense of connection, community, and facilitate learning among queer and gender-diverse young people.
  • Young People's Experiences of Australian Public Services: On behalf of the Australian Public Service and with Steven Roberts, Jo Lindsay, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Zareh Ghazarian, Jonathan Smith, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, and Verity Trott. This study aims to understand young people’s experiences and perceptions of Australian public services and how young people connect with them at different times in their lives.

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

With Akane Kanai, Brady is also the co-convenor of the Monash Digital Cultures Research Group.

Brady is currently at capacity with PhD supervision and is not taking on additional students. Brady currently supervises the following research projects being undertaken by PhD candidates:

  • Selectively Revealing Myself: an exploration of young LGBTIQ+ jobseekers' social media engagement
  • Anti-social networks: mapping the coordination, key figures and ideology of Australia's far-right
  • Encouraging drivers to stay focused on the road
  • Sexual Risk Behaviours in Australian-Asian/Pacific Islander Men who have Sex with Men
  • Digital Belonging: Polymedia and Adolescent Migrants in Australia
  • Emotion, touch and male bonding: An in depth investigation of masculinity and male friendship
  • Traces of the self in digital tracking practices
  • Assembling fitspirational bodies: Social media and gender identity work

Profile photo by T.J. Thomson.

Monash teaching commitment

Research interests

  • Social media (long-term use, memory, and impact on employment)
  • Youth culture and internet cultures
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Digital research methods and ethics

External positions

Member, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

2011 → …

Member, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

2008 → …

Research area keywords

  • social media
  • youth
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • qualitative methodology
  • internet research
  • digital society

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Projects

Research Output

Exploring men's risky drinking cultures

Roberts, S., Ralph, B. L., Elliott, K. B., Robards, B. J., Savic, M., Lindsay, J. M., O'Brien, K. S. & Lubman, D., 2019, Melbourne Victoria Australia: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. 39 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access
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Innovations in Research Technology: The case of Tourism Tracer

Hardy, A., Eccleston, R., Tinch, D., Hyslop, S., Booth, K., Robards, B. & Wong, T., 2019, Tourism in Tasmania. Ooi, C-S. & Hardy, A. (eds.). Cambridge Tasmania Australia: Forty South Publishing, p. 175-185

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

Internet Research and Digital Media Methods

Robards, B. & Hookway, N., 2019, Soical Research Methods. Walter, M. (ed.). 4th ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 430-451

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

Social Media Scroll Back Method

Robards, B. & Lincoln, S., 2019, Sage Research Methods. Thousand Oaks California USA: SAGE Publications Ltd, 10 p.

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

Walking through, going along and scrolling back: Ephemeral mobilities in digital ethnography

Møller, K. & Robards, B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Nordicom Review. 40, 1, p. 95-109 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Press / Media

The Hook Up: 2019 in review (ABC Triple J)

Brady Robards

15/12/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Hook up: Dating apps (ABC Triple J)

Brady Robards

27/10/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Young people's screen time - danger or panic? (ABC Hobart)

Brady Robards

18/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment