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.


DERCCHATS: Making Space for Indigenous Research

Join this lively and wide-ranging conversation, from Country to the academy, about what makes 'Indigenous knowledge' and where to next. Event date: Monday 6...

Events, News posted on November 16, 2021

Congratulations to Dr Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan’s PhD thesis was passed in October. The thesis - Music, Metrics, and Meaning: Australian Music Industries and Streaming Services – is a...

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's @annahm is collaborating with the Heide to offer a professional development day on children as artists.
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DERC's Haiqing Yu speaks in the panel on reporting on Australia's Chinese diaspora, organised by Media Diversity Australia, on TUE 23 Nov 2021, 6-8:30pm.

DERC's Haiqing Yu is named Research Leader in Chinese studies & history by The Australian, in its list of Australia's top 250 researchers 2021, the second time!!!

The open-access version of 'Music and Democracy: Participatory Approaches', edited by Marko Kölbl+Fritz Trümpi, features a co-authored chapter by DERC's @BenMorgan47
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DERC's @WilliamYanko will present a keynote speech at @PunkScholars Indonesia's conference on 7th of DEC 2021. He will talk about his concept of politics in Indonesian hip hop & the importance of doing research in Indonesia as an Indonesian.