Digital Sociologist joins Faculty of IT and the Emerging Technologies Lab

11 March 2019

Associate Professor Yolande Strengers joins Monash Faculty of IT to lead the Energy Futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Lab; a social-science led response to automated, connected and intelligent technologies and services.

She will work with colleagues across the university to lead research projects, such as her recently awarded ‘Digital energy futures: Forecasting changing residential energy demand’ Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with Ausgrid, AusNet Services and Energy Consumers Australia (co-led with Professor Sarah Pink).

Associate Professor Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist specialising in ethnographic and qualitative research that explores people’s lived experiences with emerging technologies.

She is working in the fields of science and technology studies and human-computer interaction design with an interest in the ethical and energy implications of emerging technologies, particularly in the home.  She is an author of several books and most recently published a paper on ‘Smart energy futures and social practice imaginaries: Forecasting scenarios for pet care in Australian homes’.

Before joining Monash IT, she held the position of Associate Professor, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT; a Senior Research Fellow (ARC DECRA Fellow) and Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT; and has worked in communications within the energy and sustainability industry.

Alumna Associate Professor Yolande Strengers has a PhD and Masters in Social Science from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, Dean’s Scholars Program.

The Emerging Technologies Lab sits across the faculties of Information Technology and of Art Design & Architecture (MADA) at Monash University. It investigates an emerging technological environment where automation, artificial intelligence, data — and the questions of ethics, responsibility and user experience and engagement that they bring with them — are increasingly central. The Lab’s core themes include energy futures, future mobilities, public space, e-waste and design for wellbeing.

This strategic appointment expands Monash IT’s growing body of work and strategic direction in exploring the many ways that new technologies can enhance our capabilities and improve our quality of life.

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