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Dr Verity Trott is Lecturer in Digital Media Research in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. 

My teaching and research practices involve developing and implementing a range of computational tools amd methods for analyzing the political, cultural and social dimensions of digital media technologies. My research typically combines data analytics with ethnographic practices to analyze digital activism, online communities, and digital cultures. My key theoretical contributions have included theorising digital networks and the characteristics of counterpublics online, particularly in relation to feminist activism (including the #MeToo movement), and understanding how digital technology is used in the production of gendered online harassment and hegemonic masculinity. You can find my research published in leading international journals including New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; and Feminist Media Studies.

Research profiles: Google scholar | | researchgate 

I am a founding member of the Automated Society Working Group in which I have contributed to several projects including funded research exploring the impacts of "dark" ads on Australian social media users, and Australian attitudes toward facial recognition technology.

My current research agenda continues to explore two sides of the same coin (excuse the cliche): the role of digital technology and digital platforms in feminist activism and anti-feminist backlashes (with a focus on several men's communities and groups that collectively make up what is known as the Manosphere). 

Graduate Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects that relate to digital activism, feminism, online communities, platform politics and cultures of digital and automated technology. I am currently supervising projects about anti-social networks and mediatised conflict.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Online communities
  • Digital activism
  • Masculinities
  • Feminism
  • Social network and social medias
  • Digital media


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