Layered Frameworks

October 3, 2022

How can radically different research models or findings be combined without losing the strength of discipline-specific definitions and traditions? In this fourth session of the Responsible Data Science Seminar Series, we discuss techniques and challenges of generating layered frameworks for inter- or trans-disciplinarity that can resonate across fields.

How can researchers from divergent worldviews layer their frameworks without losing the strength of diversity?

This series brings together diverse voices from disparate disciplines like data science and anthropology to talk about their definitions of interdisciplinarity, as well as struggles and commitment to this practice. This series also brings seasoned scholars together with Early Career Researchers to share practices across these levels.

Each seminar is unique, but builds from the core premise that today’s “big issues” demand more attention to interdisciplinarity and that everyone benefits when research ecosystems integrate multiple perspectives, even when this is challenging and time consuming.

DERC developed and is co-sponsoring this series on Interdisciplinary Data Science with University of Cambridge’s Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy.

Seminar 4
October 11, 2022
8-9 p.m. Melbourne time (10-11 a.m. UK time). Online via Zoom.

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This seminar features the following participants:

Sarah Pink
Professor and Founding Director, Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University

Sarah is a Futures and Design Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. Her research is currently centred on how people, environment and technology configure in possible futures, which she explores through a number of research council and industry partnered projects focused on automated decision-making, work, mobilities, cities, energy and transition to net zero. her most recent publication is the book Emerging Technologies / Life at the Edge of the Future (2022). 

photo of a woman's face. Name is Lisa Given

Lisa Given
Professor, RMIT University

Lisa’s interdisciplinary research in human information behaviour and qualitative research practices brings a critical, social research lens to studies of technology use and user-focused design. A former President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Lisa has served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. You can follow her on Twitter @lisagiven and find out more about her work at

Annette Markham, Ph.D.
Co-Director of DERC and Professor of Media & Communication, RMIT University

Annette is a methodologist and ethics expert and researcher of digital culture. She has conducted applied research across corporate, governmental, and academic sectors. Currently, Markham co-directs DERC, the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, is founder and co-director of The International Skagen Institute for Transgressive Methods, and the co-director of STEEM, the Center for the Study of Technological, Emerging, and Ethical Methods in Denmark. More at

Gina Neff, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Technology & Society at the University of Oxford

Gina’s research focuses on the effects of the rapid expansion of our digital information environment on workers and workplaces and in our everyday lives. She advises international organisations including UNESCO, the OECD and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. She chairs the International Scientific Committee of the UK’s Trusted Autonomous Systems programme and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. Her academic research has won both engineering and social sciences awards. More here