Annette N. Markham

Professor Annette N. Markham is Co-Director of DERC and Director of the DERC HDR (Higher Degree by Research, or PhD) programs. Annette joined RMIT in 2020 from Aarhus University in Denmark where she was a Professor with Special Responsibilities in the department of Information Studies and Digital Design.

Professor Markham is internationally recognised for developing epistemological frameworks for rethinking ethics and research methods for digitally-saturated social contexts. A long-time member of the internet research community, Annette conducts ethnographic studies and arts-based interventions to critically explore how identity, relationships, and cultural formations are constructed in and influenced by digitally saturated socio-technical contexts.

Her ethnographic studies of identity practices and cultural formations through digital media are well represented in her pioneering book Life Online: Researching real experience in virtual space (1998, Alta Mira). Her more recent research focuses on critical approaches to algorithms and datafication, speculative methods for building better ethical futures, data literacy and critical pedagogy, and rhetorical analysis of human-machine communication through automated, algorithmic systems.

Her writing can be found in numerous books and articles. She is founder and director of the Museum of Random Memory arts-based digital literacy initiative, the annual Skagen Institute for developing creative and transgressive methods, and the international Future Making Research Consortium. She most recently launched STEEM, an international Centre for the Study of Technological, Emerging, and Ethical Methods, with Co-Director Pablo Velasco at Aarhus University.

Professor Markham is originally from the U.S and earned her PhD in organisational communication and interpretive research methodologies from Purdue University. She holds bachelor and master degrees in human communication studies.

More information, links to publications, CV, and details about her research and ongoing projects can be found at


Digital Domesticity, Sustainability, and the Everyday

Digital Domesticity, Sustainability, and the Everyday examines the role of everyday life practices and homes as increasingly central hubs of digital engagement and smart infrastructure.

Automation and Social Futures

Automation and Social Futures engages with the ethical, political, social, organisational, cultural and governance implications of machine learning, algorithmic decision-making and digital infrastructures.

Creativity, Learning, Digital Arts, and Design

Creativity, Learning, Digital Arts, and Design positions research participants as ‘creative agents’ and authors of their own experience.

Digital Inclusion, Mobility, and Activism

The research program examines the challenges and potentials of digital participation as this relates to access and inclusion, connectivity, networks and political activism, gig or micro work, and mobility and migration.


Massive and Microscopic: Making sense of COVID-19

As the world grapples with the fallout from the pandemic of 2020, people everywhere struggle to deal with everyday challenges.


How Autoethnographic are you?

June 3, 2021

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

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

March 12, 2021

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

DERC’s research on COVID continues to surge ahead

July 21, 2020

We may have been in lockdown, but that didn’t stop DERC researchers from launching several projects to study the pandemic.

Rapid response to study social impact of COVID-19

June 11, 2020

How is the experience of COVID-19 transforming everyday life? How are we making sense of this moment on both a global and granular scale?