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I acknowledge and pay respects to the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land on which I live, the Wurunjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.

I am a multidisciplinary social scientist conducting research in the fields of energy and digital technology futures, automated vehicles, road safety and tattoo and body modification.

I work at the Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETRL) at Monash University in the Department of Human-Centred Computing based in the Faculties of IT and Art, Architecture, and Design.

I am also a Research Fellow at Monash University's Accident Research Centre.

Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETRL)

Digital Energy Futures

Energy Futures | Design Anthropology | Social Practice Theory | Critical Futures | Ethnography

Situated within the ETRL, the Digital Energy Futures project is focused on the role of people in energy futures, asking how people will live in the future and what that means for energy forecasting.

Academic publications

Automated and absent: how people and households are accounted for in future energy scenarios (link)

Building plausible scenarios for future living: A method for intervening in energy forecasting using household ethnography (link)

Foresights for future living (report link)

Scenarios for future living 2030/2050 (report link)

Other publications

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

Road Safety

Road Safety | Psychology | Nomophobia

I work across several projects at MUARC that aim to enhance road safety policy and education. These involve automated driving systems, workplace road safety culture, crash survivability, in-vehicle technologies and smartphone use while driving.

Academic publications

Key factors associated with parents’ illegal engagement with their smartphones while driving their children (Link)

It’s all in the mind: The relationship between mindfulness and nomophobia on technology engagement while driving and aberrant driving behaviours (Link)

Perceptions and sentiments toward the everyday use of smartglasses in public spaces (under review)

Graduate Research Industry Partnership PhD

Smartphone Use & Driving

Social Science | Road Safety | Smartphones | Nomophobia | Deterrence theory

I completed a Graduate Research Industry Partnership Interdisciplinary PhD at Monash University's Sustainable Development Institute, Accident Research Centre, BehaviourWorks, and the School of Social Sciences in partnership with VicRoads. The project involved asking how smartphones impact younger drivers and compliance.

I received a full scholarship and was awarded the Postgraduate Publication Award.

Alongside leading the publication of seven studies, my work was publicised on television, radio and newsprint. The research contributed to policy, and was presented to industry and government bodies.

Academic publications

Nomophobia: Is the Fear of Being without a Smartphone Associated with Problematic Use? (Link)

Nomophobia and self-reported smartphone use while driving: An investigation into whether nomophobia can increase the likelihood of illegal smartphone use while driving (Link)

Understanding the deterrent impact formal and informal sanctions have on illegal smartphone use while driving (Link)

“Does that mean I can’t use my phone to pay when I’m in the Maccas drive thru?”: Younger drivers’ uncertainty and attitude toward smartphone law and punishment (Link)

“Like it’s wrong, but it’s not that wrong”: Exploring the normalisation of risk-compensatory strategies among young drivers engaging in illegal smartphone use (Link)

Deterring illegal smartphone use while driving: Are perceptions of risk information associated with the impact of informal sanctions? (Link)

Using nomophobia severity to predict illegal smartphone use while driving (Link)

Selected media

Tattoo & body modification

I have been writing and researching on tattoo and body modification for over a decade. My work includes curatorial texts, radio interviews, contributing to international edited books, producing documentaries, and presenting at international conferences.

For more click here or visit my website at the4thwall.net

Academic publications

The sexualisation of tattoo and body modification pain (in-progress)

"Becoming heavily tattooed in the postmodern west: sacred rite, "modern primitives", or profane simulation?" (Honours research project)

Selected Publications

“I find it quite absurd that, as humans we are introduced to this world inside of a body which we've had absolutely no part in its design. Why not use body art and modification to adjust the default design so that it can become more us?”

—Touka Voodoo, DAZED interview

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