DERC applies cutting edge ethnographic approaches to better understand how digital tech impacts our present lives and potential futures.

Our researchers work alongside students, communities, governmental or nonprofit agencies, and corporate partners to explore the creative possibilities of digital technologies as well as the social, economic, and political impacts. Our expertise ranges from studies of everyday lived experience, workplace and organizational analysis, policy and strategy analysis, design ethnography, co-design workshops, and creative collaborations with communities of practice.

Hosted by RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, DERC offers world class training ground for PhD students. Ranked as one of the top two research centres in Australia focused on the social impact of digital media, DERC welcomes visiting artists, activists, and scholars from around the world.


PhD Completion: Ben Morgan

Congratulations to DERC’s PhD Benjamin A Morgan who has completed his PhD thesis "Music, metrics, and meaning: Australian music industries and streaming services"

News posted on October 17, 2021

PhD Completion: Josh Nettheim

Congratulations to DERC's PhD Josh Nettheim who has successfully completed his PhD. Entitled “The Bruiteur: noise and listening in performance”, Josh received excellent examiner...

News posted on September 1, 2021

ARC Linkage Project Success!

We are very excited by the news that Anna Hickey-Moody and her colleagues have been funded for an ARC Linkage Project on the very...

News posted on August 5, 2021

How Autoethnographic are you?

Annette Markham launches the 2021 Autoethnography PhD Summer School June 7, 2021, from 10:30-12:00 CET. Recording will be available on request

Events, News posted on June 3, 2021

DERC teams up with Roskilde University for the 2021 Autoethnography PhD Course

RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Roskilde University in Denmark are collaborating to offer a PhD symposium and course in June 2021.

News posted on March 12, 2021

DERC / India Internship

The DERC Internship aims to extend the realm of digital research, questions, and methodologies to Indian students, particularly from regional universities.

News posted on February 8, 2021


“Global Development”: is this term reframing power, agency and progress? @gemmasou & fellow @DevGeogsRG committee members, @cordyf @kategeds99 @JessCHope Raksha Pande introduce the Special section in @Area https://rgs-
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New publication! @CaitlinAithne uses Rosi Braidotti's 'affirmative ethics' in relation to women in Victoria's relationships with their smartphones:
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DERC’s @megsaidsomethin & @kelsiemvn exploring new pathways for democratic governance of collective data in the Alternative Data Futures: Cooperative Principles, Data Trusts, & Digital Economy Fall 2021 Research Sprint launched last week
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Hear from @RMIT's Adrian Dyer @OzBeeUVBG and @QUT's @GinnyBarbour on ways to better facilitate #openaccess and #openresearch practices to different #research communities, especially #ECR and #PhD researchers.

Thurs 14 Oct, 3pm-4pm AEDT


How does Home smell, taste and sound? @gemmasou & @CrspRuth's new paper reveals how the 'Sensory Home' is unmade during disasters.
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