The Digital Transitions and Transformations Lab explores changes associated with the production, consumption and circulation of digital media and technology. From the integration of video games, mobile phones, tablets and laptops within domestic life and the dramatic transformations associated with access to telecommunications in the global south to efforts to shape and transform the future through development and sustainability initiatives, the DTT Lab critically examines the practices, processes, temporalities and scales of change, both global and endogenous.



International/ External Members

International Partner Groups and Networks

C4D Network

Thinking Sustainability Postgraduate Research Group


Members of the DTT Lab have expertise in a range of areas including:

Communication for Development (C4D)/Communication for Social Change (CfSC), Consumption, Digital Anthropology, Digital Media and Learning, Digital and Mobile Money, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), Games and Gaming, Locative Media, Materiality, Material Culture Studies, Media and Social Change, Mobile Media, Social Media, Sustainability

Current Projects

Introducing the IDEAS Guide

An Ethnographic Study of Bitcoin

Evaluating Communication for Development: supporting adaptive and accountable development*

Games of Being Social: A study of mobile gaming cultures in Australian households:* http://gamesofbeingmobile.com/

Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media Practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai*:


Mobilising Media for Sustainable Development in the Pacific*

Technologies for supportive communities: creating and evaluating meaningful online and technology-facilitated connections for vulnerable young people

The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream*

Transmedia Literacy: Exploiting transmedia skills and informal learning strategies to improve formal education*

The Moral and Cultural Economy of the Mobile Phone in the Pacific*

Work-life ecologies: lifestyle, sustainability, practices*

Past Projects: completed since DERC’s formation: 2012-present

Complex, Clever, Cool: understanding and imagining smart, sustainable, laundry (??)

Digital rhythms: an ethnographic study of digital content in Australia

PACMAS Baseline Study, 2012-1013

Slow Cities: urban sustainability in a digital-material world

The Gender of Money, 2013-2014

The role of lifestyle television in transforming culture, citizenship and selfhood: China, Taiwan, Singapore and India

Key Publications

Edited Books, post 2010

Goggin, G and L. Hjorth (eds) (2014)The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. NY: Routledge.

Hjorth, L., Burgess, J. and I. Richardson (eds) (2012)Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone, New York: Routledge.

Hjorth, L. and O. Khoo (eds) (2016)The Routledge Handbook to New Media in Asia. NY: Routledge.

Horst, Heather A. and Daniel Miller, Eds (2012) Digital Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berg. ISBN:0857852906


Books (authored or co-authored), after 2010

Hinton, S. and L. Hjorth (2013)Understanding Social Media,London: Sage.

Hjorth, L. and I. Richardson (2014)Gaming in Locative, Social and Mobile Media,London: Palgrave.          

Hjorth, L. and M. Arnold (2013)Online@AsiaPacific: Locative, Social and Mobile Media in the Asia–Pacific region, Asia’s Transformation series, Routledge.

Hjorth, L. (2010)Games & Gaming: an introduction to new media,London: Berg.

Ito, Mizuko, Sonja Baumer, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Rachel Cody, Rebecca Herr-Stephenson, Heather A. Horst, Patricia G. Lange, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Z. Martinez, C.J. Pascoe, Dan Perkel, Laura Robinson, Christo Sims and Lisa Tripp. (2010) Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN:0262013363

Lennie, J. and Tacchi, J. (2013)Evaluating Communication for Development: A Framework for Social Change. Oxford: Earthscan, Routledge

Lewis, Tania, Fran Martin and Wanning Sun,Telemodernities: Television, and Transforming Lives in Asia(Durham, NC: Duke University Press,In Press,2016).

Pink, S., H. Horst, J. Postill, L. Hjorth, T. Lewis and Jo Tacchi (2016)Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices, London: Sage.


Journal articles

Bladergroen, M., Bytheway, A., Cantoni, L., Chigona, W., Pucciarelli, M., & Sabiescu A. G. (2014) “I can’t fall behind!” Aspirations, Technology and Becoming a Teacher in South Africa. South African Computer Journal 2, 54, Special Issue on ICT4D, 1-9

Hjorth (2014) Locating the Social and Mobile: A case study of women’s use of Kakao social mobile media in Seoul,Asiascape: Digital Asiajournal

Hjorth, L. (2013) ‘The Place of the Emplaced Mobile: A Case Study into Gendered Locative Media Practices’.Mobile Media & Communication Journal1(1): 110-115

 Hjorth, L. & S.S Lim (2012) ‘Mobile intimacy in an age of affective mobile media’,Feminist Media Studies, 12 (4): 477-484 

Horst, Heather A and Erin Taylor. (2014). The role of mobile phones in the mediation of border crossings: A study of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA)25(2):155-170

Horst, Heather A. (2014). From Roots Culture to Sour Fruit: The Aesthetics of Mobile Branding Cultures in Jamaica.Visual Studies29(2): 125-127

Horst, Heather A. (2013) The Infrastructures of Mobile Media: Towards a Future Research Agenda.Mobile Media and Communication1: 147-152

Horst, Heather A.,Larissa Hjorth and Jo Tacchi (2012) Rethinking Ethnography: An Introduction.Media International Australia145:86-93

Tania Lewis, ‘One city block at a time: Researching and cultivating green transformations,International Journal of Cultural Studies 2015, 18(3): 347–363

Ling, Richard S. and Heather Horst (2011) Mobile Communication in the Global South: An Introduction.New Media and Society13(3): 363-374

Noske-Turner, J.,  Tacchi, J., Horst, H., Papoutsaki, E . 2014. Locating disaster communication in changing communicative ecologies across the Pacific.Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy,Vol 2, No 4http://doi.org/10.7790/ajtde.v2n4.66 (link is external)

Rey-Moreno, C., Sabiescu A., Masbulele, J., & Tucker, W. (2015) Local ownership, exercise of ownership and moving from passive to active entitlement. A practice-led inquiry on a rural community network. Journal of Community Informatics 11(2), Special Issue on Communities and Technology: Current Research and Thinking.

Sabiescu, A. G. (2014) Towards a Framework for the Design of Socio-technical Environments for Intergenerational Learning in Community Settings. European Journal of Research on Education and Teaching XII(2), Special issue on Transforming the Educational Relationship: Steps for the Lifelong Learning Society, 143-158.

Tacchi, J., Kitner, K., Kiran, M.S. (2014), ‘Drive-by Wi-Fi and digital storytelling: development and co- creation’The Journal of Community Informatics10(1). http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1015.

Tacchi, J. (2012) ‘Open content creation: the issues of voice and the challenges of listening’New Media and Society14(4) 652 – 668.

Tacchi, J., Kitner, K., Crawford, K. (2012) ‘Meaningful Mobility: Gender, development and mobile phones’Feminist Media Studies12(4) 528-537


Book Chapters

Hjorth, L. and F. Kato (2016)Keitai mizu:A Mobile Game Reflection in a Post 3/11 Tokyo, Japan. In T. Lewis (ed)Green Asia.London: Routledge.

Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., C. Marmo, andM. Xiao (2016) Digital Kinships: Intergenerational Locative Media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In Hjorth and Khoo (eds)The Routledge Companion to New Media in Asia.London: Routledge.

Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., C. Marmo, andM. Xiao (2016)Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In F. Martin and T. Lewis (eds)Lifestyle Media in Asia.London: Routledge.

Hjorth, L. J.L. Qiu, Zhou B., and D. Wei (2014) The Social in the Mobile: QQ as cross-generational media in China, in G. Goggin & L. Hjorth (eds)The Routledge Companion Mobile Media. New York: Routledge, pp. 291-299

Hjorth, L. (2013) ‘Chapter 15: Games: Mobile, Locative and Social’, in S. Cunningham & S. Turnbull (eds)Media and Communications in Australia, 4thedition, Sydney: Allen and Unwin

Hjorth, L. (2013) ‘Stories of the mobile: cartographies of the personal through a case study of mobile novels in Japan’,Mobile Media Narratives(ed) J. Freeman, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 238-248.

Hjorth, L., R. Wilken & K. Gu (2012) ‘Ambient Intimacy: A case study of the iPhone, Presence, and Location-based Social Media in Shanghai, China’ in L. Hjorth, J. Burgess & I. Richardson (eds),Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone(New York: Routledge), pp. 43-62.

Horst, Heather A. (2016). Being in Fieldwork: Collaboration, Digital Media, and Ethnographic Practice. In Roger Sanjek and Susan Tratner’s (eds)eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in a Digital World. Haney Foundation Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN-10: 0812247787 ISBN-13: 978-0812247787

Horst, Heather A. (2014) Calling My Name: Sound, Orality and the Cell Phone Contact List. In Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek’sThe Oxford Handbook of Mobile Media and Sound, Volume 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-537572-5

Taylor, Erin B. and Heather A. Horst. (2014) The Aesthetics of Mobile Money. In G. Goggin and L. Hjorth’sMobile Media Companion. London: Routledge. Pp. 262-472. ISBN-10: 0415809479

Taylor, Erin B. and Heather A. Horst (2013) From Street to Satellite: Mixing Methods To Understand Mobile Money Users. pp. 63-75.Proceedings from the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, EPIC2013. London 16-18 September, 2013. http://epiconference.com/2013/sites/default/files/EPIC-Proceedings.pdf

Horst, Heather A and Larissa Hjorth (2013) Engaging practices: doing personalized media. In S. Price, C. Jewitt and B. Brown (eds)Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research.London: Sage. Pp. 87-101. ISBN: 9781446200476

Horst, Heather A (2012) New Media Technologies in Everyday Life. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller’sDigital Anthropology. New York: Berg Publications, pp. 61-79. ISBN:0857852906

Miller, Daniel and Heather A. Horst (2012) The Digital and the Human. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller’sDigital Anthropology. New York: Berg Publications. Pp. 3-35. ISBN:0857852906

Horst, Heather A. (2012) Aesthetics of the Self: Materiality and Connectivity in the Digital Age. In Pablo Abend, Tobias Haupts and Claudia Muller’s (eds)Medialitat Der Nahe: Situationen-Praktiken-Diskurse. Bielefeld: Verlag. Pp. 29-46 ISBN-10: 3837616444

Sabiescu, A. (in press) Narratives and Counter-narratives in the Representation of The Other. The Case of the Romani Ethnic Minority. N. J. Bidwell & H. Winschiers-Teophilus (Eds.) At the Intersection of Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Technology Design. Santa Rosa, California: Informing Science Press.

Tacchi, J. (2014) ‘Being Meaningfully Mobile: mobile phones and development’ In Servaes, J. (Ed.)Technological determinism and Communication for Sustainable Social Change.Lexington Books.

Tacchi, J. and Chandola, T. (in press) ‘Complicating connectivity: Women’s negotiations with smartphones in an Indian slum’, In Hjorth, L. and Khoo, O. (Eds.)Handbook of New Media in Asia.Oxford: Routledge  

Tacchi, J. (2012) ‘Digital Engagement: Voice and Participation in Development’ In Horst, H and Miller, D. (eds)Digital Anthropology.Oxford: Berg.

Watkins, J. & Tacchi, J. (2013) ‘Mobile Content and Participatory Communication for Development’ In Prasad, K. (ed)New Media and Pathways to Social Change. Delhi: B.R. Publishing.


Reports and Other Publications

Tacchi, Jo, Heather Horst, Evangelia Papoutsaki, Verena Thomas and Joys Eggins. 2013. PACMAS State of Media and Communication Report 2013. Melbourne: ABC International Development. http://www.pacmas.org/profile/pacmas-state-of-media-and-communication-report-2013/
Fran Edmonds, Richard Chenhall, Michael Arnold, Tania Lewis, Susan Lowish,Telling our Stories: Aboriginal young people in Victoria and Digital Story Telling, Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, The University of Melbourne, 2014.

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