Grand Challenges: Shaping our digital future

Image - Grand Challenges: Shaping our digital future
Event date :
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event Type :
Grand Challenges
Location :
Room M10 Chemical Sciences Building
Open to :
Number of seats available :
Booking deadline: 
Contact for bookings


How can people contribute to shaping our digital future? As our lives become increasingly digital, what is the road ahead for self-driving vehicles, digital health and how our personal data is used?

Join social researchers, Deborah Lupton, Sarah Pink and Amanda Third, as they reflect on their own research experiences of engaging with diverse perspectives to imagine future technologies.


5pm - 6pm Panel discussion
6pm - 6.30pm Audience Q & A
6.30pm - 7pm Networking and refreshments

About the panel

Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton is a SHARP Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre and Leader of the Vitalities Lab. She has a background in sociology and media and cultural studies, and her research combines qualitative and innovative social research methods with sociocultural theory.

Deborah is the author/co-author of 17 books and editor/co-editor of six book collections, as well as many chapters and articles, ranging across such topics as health and medicine, food, the body, the emotions and affect, risk, parenthood, digital technologies and digital data.

Sarah Pink

Sarah is Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. Her research focuses on emerging intelligent technologies, automation, data, digital futures, safety and design for wellbeing.

Current projects investigate autonomous driving vehicles, Mobility as a Service, digital energy futures, self tracking and wearable technologies, smart phone and personal technology futures, digital technology use in everyday life, and health care design.

Amanda Third

Amanda is a key member of the Intergener8 Living Lab where her research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of young people's technology use, with particular emphasis on children's rights in the digital age, the intergenerational dynamics shaping technology practice, and vulnerable young people's technological engagements.

She has conducted several large externally funded projects with industry organisations (including Google) focusing on young people's everyday use of online and networked technologies and the potential for new technologies to support young people's wellbeing.

Chair: Matthew Kearnes

Matthew is a member of the Environmental Humanities group, in the School of Humanities at UNSW Sydney. Matthew's research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental sociology and contemporary social theory.

His current work is focused on the social and political dimensions of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, climate change and society, and the social and political dimensions of climate modification and geoengineering.


Back to top