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: 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

DERC Researchers Rowan Wilken and James Meese awarded ARC Discovery Project

Rowan Wilken and James Meese have been awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project for their project 5G and the Future of Public Telecommunications.

News posted on November 14, 2020


Responding to the threat social exclusion is to the wellbeing of older adults, RMIT explored how to assist seniors to manage security risks and engage with the digital economy.
@BernardoMkt @TorgeirAleti @micronarrative @JJozica @jacob_sheahan @ACCAN_AU

DERC PhD candidates @jesshardley and @CaitlinAithne’s interview with @ProfKT about her work on smartphones, gender, intimacy and trust has recently been published in @AFSJournal

Do you know any Roblox players between the ages of 10 and 18? Our researchers at RMIT would love to talk to them.

DERC's PhD candidate @jesshardley has recently co-authored a review of @grhalegoua’s book “The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place” for @mobilemediacomm

DERC's @theandrewglover recently spoke at the @ACCAN_AU conference about e-change and working remotely outside the city