Heather HorstAdjunct Professor

Heather Horst is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Australia. She also holds the position of Professor at the School of Media and Communication, University of Sydney. Whilst at RMIT, Heather was also Founding Director (2012-2015) of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. Heather’s research focuses upon understanding how digital technologies, mobile phones and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, learning, and mobility. These themes are reflected in her publications which include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller 2006, Berg), Living and Learning with Digital Media: Findings from the Digital Youth Project (Ito, Horst, et al. 2009, MIT Press), Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press), Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (Pink, Horst, et al, 2016, Sage) and an edited book Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller 2013, Berg), which was recently translated into Chinese and Arabic.  Her current research, funded by the Australian Research Council, the European Union Horizon 20/20 Programme and industry partners, explores transformations in the mobile telecommunications industry and the emergence of mobile, social and locative media practices across the Asia-Pacific region.



Music, Mobile Phones and Community Justice in Melanesia – Administered by Macquarie University. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via other University 2015 from (2016 to 2019)

Transmedia literacy: exploiting transmedia skills and informal learning strategies to improve formal education (Administered by Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Spain). Funded by: Horizon 2020 – Research & Innovation Action from (2015 to 2018)

The Moral and Cultural Economy of Mobile Phones in the Pacific. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2014 from (2014 to 2016)

Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational locative media practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2013 from (2013 to 2016)

Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific Region. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2012 Round 2 from (2012 to 2015)




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Research Interests

Communication and Media Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Film, Television and Digital Media, Policy and Administration


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