Dr. Joanne Mihelcic is a researcher working with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She has a special interest in understanding how people experience the personal, social and material world.
Joanne applies interdisciplinary perspectives to her research and practice. Her academic and professional experience have spanned: health, education, performing arts, media, knowledge management and archival science. Joanne completed her PhD research in 2016 titled “The Experiential Model of the Person-Centred Record: A Social Constructionist Grounded Theory.” The study involved working with people diagnosed with early stage dementia to understand how their personal stories and the recording of those stories supported their memory, identity and personhood. Joanne’s research highlights the way relationships between researcher, participant and research data are both inseparable and the product of their combined interactions. Hearing and knowing participant voices requires methods and techniques sensitive not only to researcher and participants’ words, but also their inherent meaning and actions. This research was supported by an Alzheimer’s Australia Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Dementia. Joanne has a long standing interest in health and ageing. She has been an Executive Committee Member (Victoria) of the Australian Association of Gerontology since 2011.