Jenny Kennedy

Jenny Kennedy is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT. She has particular interest in the lived experiences of technology in domestic spaces and ethnographical studies of home life. Her current projects focus on affordability barriers to digital inclusion for low-income households.

She also researches the gendering of AI and automation technologies in home environments. Jenny is an associate investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society.  Her recent books include The Smart Wife (MIT Press) and Digital Domesticity (Oxford).

Themes

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.

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.

Publications

Digital Media, Sharing and Everyday Life

Digital Media, Sharing and Everyday Life provides nuanced accounts of the processes of sharing in digital culture and the complexities that arise in them.

Digital Domesticity: Media, Materiality, and Home Life

The authors advance media domestication research through an ecology-based approach to the abundance and materiality of media in the home.

News

Jenny Kennedy awarded ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

November 19, 2019

We are delighted by the news that DERC's Jenny Kennedy has been awarded a highly competitive three year $427k Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), from the Australian Research Council.