Fareed Kaviani is a multidisciplinary social scientist who studies the social and cultural implications of emerging technologies

As a research fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETRL), Fareed diversifies futures across different fields by disrupting scenario-planning approaches and methods

As a research fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), Fareed makes our roads safer by formulating evidence-based policies in response to emerging challenges associated with the gig economy, automated vehicles, electric vehicles, and technological distractions

By combining his expertise in emerging technologies, futures and his previous work on tattoo and body modification, he aims to diversify the techno-visions of human augmentation industries by prioritising the experiences of present-day body modifiers, artists, and everyday assistive technology users

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“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?”

— Fareed’s interview with body modifier, Touka Voodoo, published in DAZED

ETRL conducts research into social, cultural, and experiential dimensions of the design, use, and futures of emerging technologies through an interdisciplinary and internationally embedded research and knowledge community

(2022-2023) Digital Energy Futures Project

This world-first research project draws on future-focused social science research to better understand how emerging technologies are shaping the way people live and, ultimately, the future energy needs of Australian households. Read the research teams Energy Magazine article on what it means to put consumers at the centre of the energy transition

(2023) Future Home Demand Project

This collaborative research project between CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy, and Monash University's Emerging Technologies Research Lab, takes an innovative approach to energy forecasting by focusing on the everyday lives and futures of Australian households

(draft) Kaviani, F., Dahlgren, K., Koppel, S., Strengers, Y., Korsmeyer, H., Martin, R., Pink S., Exploring automated electric vehicle charging futures, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies

(2023-current) Digital Future Schools: AI and Energy Curriculum for Future Learning

This seed funded project works with young people in secondary schools to imagine the sustainable energy implications of an AI-rich world and how we might progress toward desirable ‘AI energy futures’

(draft) Kaviani, F., Dahlgren, K., Strengers, Y., Selwyn, N., Cumbo, B., Wagner, M. 2023. Developing co-design materials for students from a review of current future school scenarios, Policy Futures in Education

MUARC is one of the world’s most comprehensive injury prevention research institutions. After completing his PhD, Fareed remained at the centre to work on several projects aimed to enhance road safety and develop evidence-based policy. This has involved studies on automated driving systems, workplace road safety culture, crash survivability, in-vehicle distractions and emerging technology distractions

Fareed was awarded a scholarship to complete an interdisciplinary Graduate Research Industry Partnership PhD at BehaviourWorks, a behavioural science enterprise in Monash University's Sustainable Development Institute, MUARC, and the School of Social Sciences, and in partnership with VicRoads

Fareed’s study examining nomophobia - the fear of being without a mobile phone - was the first of its kind in Australia. He analysed the relationship between nomophobia with illegal mobile phone use while driving. Fareed’s work received National television, radio, and print attention. His findings were used to inform road safety policy aimed at reducing mobile phone use while driving

He published two Monash Lens articles, five manuscripts, and a further two after he was awarded the highly competitive Postgraduate Publication Award

Kaviani, F., Young, K. L., & Koppel, S. 2022, Using nomophobia severity to predict illegal smartphone use while driving, Computers in Human Behaviour Reports, 100190

Kaviani, F., Young, K. L., & Koppel, S. 2022, Deterring illegal smartphone use while driving: Are perceptions of risk information associated with the impact of informal sanctions? Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 168

Kaviani, F., Young, K. L., Robards, B., & Koppel, S. 2021. “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, The Journal of Safety Science, Vol. 78, 292–302

Kaviani, F., Benier, K., Robards, B., Young, K. L., & Koppel, S. 2021. “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, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 160

Kaviani, F., Young, K. L., Robards, B., & Koppel, S. 2020. Understanding the deterrent impact formal and informal sanctions have on illegal smartphone use while driving, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 145

Kaviani, F., Young, K. L., Robards, B., & Koppel, S. 2020. Nomophobia and self-reported smartphone use while driving: An investigation into whether nomophobia can increase the likelihood of illegal smartphone use while driving, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 74, 212–224

Kaviani, F., Robards, B., Young, K. L., & Koppel, S. 2020. Nomophobia: Is the Fear of Being without a Smartphone Associated with Problematic Use? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 17(17), 6024

(2014- ) Tattoo and Body Modification

For over a decade Fareed worked with many national and international media organisations, galleries, and artists to write and publish articles on tattoo and body modification practices and culture

This included being commissioned to write curatorial texts (Backwoods Gallery MoMa The Immigration Museum) contribute to international books (Forever More: The new tattoo) produce documentaries (VICE), present at international conferences (Altsex NYC), and provide expert commentary on tattoo and body modification for local (3CR) and national radio shows (ABC)

Fareed’s honours thesis also focused on tattoo culture, "Becoming heavily tattooed in the postmodern west: sacred rite, "modern primitives", or profane simulation?"

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Research methods

Co-Design Participatory Workshops | Focus Groups | Interviews | Ethnography | Survey Design | Ethics Procedures | Industry Report Reviews | Literature Reviews

Data analysis and outputs

Manuscript writing | Report Writing | Report Design | Quantitative Analysis (SPSS) | Qualitative Analysis (NVIVO) | Thematic Analysis | Content Analysis | Data Visualisation

Stakeholder Engagement

Industry Workshops | Seminars | International Conferences | Forum Presentations | Television Interviews | Radio Interviews | Web Design

Survey results from nomophobia study (n = 2383)

Nomophobia interview, Channel 10, The House of Wellness, 2023

Nomophobia interview, Channel 10', The Project, 01.2021

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Radio interview with ABC Tropical North 01.2021

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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