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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 monograph Feminist Activism & Platform Politics (2022) explores how social, cultural and political values relating to gender are negotiated in digital spaces by a range of stakeholders.

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 how social, cultural and political values are negotiated in digital spaces through a number of objectives and projects:

  • How misogynistic extremism and male supremacism can be governed online; 
  • How algorithmic and automated systems shape and contribute to the construction of 'diversity' and gendered values in the personalisation and targeting of content on digital platforms;
  • Feminist data politics and the perceived tensions between feminist epistemologies and the logic of datafication.

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: far-right digital networks; the experiences of Indonesian LGBTQ+ people in digital healthcare; surveillance practices and the construction of Chinese women's bodies on workout vlogs; comparative analysis of Egyptian and New Zealand digital news media representations of women; data-driven solutions ot gendered violence in public spaces; and the enduring life sensibility of Disney fandom. 

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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