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Biography

Robbie completed his PhD, Radical Platforms, at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2019. His thesis engaged in a critique of autonomist Marxist theories of imperialism. This included a wide engagement with the work of post-fordist and autonomist scholars, as well as platform studies, theories of globalisation and imperialism, and media theory. The thesis involved an investigation into activist and disruptive technologies; this included 3D-printing, blockchain services, wikileaks, interactive entertainment, social media, and pirate networks. 

Robbie's research continues and advances these interests, expanding into research areas such as digital ethics, smart cities, infrastructure, automation, surveillance, and fabrication. 

Research interests

Robbie's areas of research interest include

Games, play, and interactive entertainment:

  • esports, games cultures, games fandom
  • the avatar, subjectivity, identity, and identification
  • game politics and economies, both in-game and in community
  • play, narratives, meta-play, meta-narratives

Media infrastructures and technologies:

  • platform studies, infrastructure studies
  • e-governance, platforming of government systems
  • smart city projects, surveillance, online/offline tracking
  • study of networks and networked cultures
  • digital economies, digital fabrication
  • questions of data value, digital ethics, 

Media theory

  • politically conscious media theories (feminism, post-colonial, anti-racist, queer approaches)
  • theories for new technologies, new subjectivities
  • digital economic theories and/or 4th industrial revolution
  • Marxist media theory and changing systems of labour
  • theories of the post-digital
  • theories of globalisation, imperialism, and the role of automation in these

Innovative methods projects

  • mixed-methods approaches
  • social network analyses, platform analysis via API or scraped datasets
  • critical engagement with epistemologies of digital research

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2013 2019

(Re-)Orienting the Video Game Avatar

de Wildt, L., Apperley, T. H., Clemens, J., Fordyce, R. & Mukherjee, S., 17 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Games and Culture. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Blockchained to What (End)? A Socio-material provocation to check distributed futures

Heemsbergen, L., Maddox, A. & Fordyce, R., 25 Jul 2019, Blockchain and Web 3.0: Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges. Ragnedda, M. & Destefanis, G. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 144-158 15 p. (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society; vol. 41).

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

Positioning innovation and governance for 3D printing in clinical care: an Australian case

Heemsbergen, L. & Fordyce, R., 9 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : 3D Printing in Medicine. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

‘Bandersnatch’

Fordyce, R., 5 Feb 2019, In : Overland.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

Avatars: Addressing Racism and Racialised Address

Fordyce, R., Neale, T. & Apperley, T. H., 2018, Woke Gaming: Digital Challenges to Oppression and Social Injustice. Gray, K. L. & Leonard, D. J. (eds.). 1 ed. Seattle Washington USA: University of Washington Press, p. 231-251 21 p.

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

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission in response to Data 61’s Artificial Intelligence: Australia's Ethics Framework

Robbie Fordyce (Fellow), Luke Heemsbergen (Contributor)
31 May 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Artificial Intelligence: Australia's Ethics Framework: A Submission in Response to the Discussion Paper

Robbie Fordyce (Fellow), Mark Andrejevic (Fellow), Nina Li (Fellow), Verity Trott (Fellow), Suneel Jethani (Contributor)
31 May 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to the NSW Minister for Education’s review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools

Robbie Fordyce (Fellow), Kate Mannell (Contributor)
13 Dec 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Press / Media

Hacktivism segment

Robbie Fordyce

30/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview