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I'm currently working on a number of research projects, some involving empirical research, others involving engagement with various literatures.

1. Mobile work

This project aims to provide important information about how mobile work is transforming Australian homes. Mobile working practices - where the labour force is away from their homes for days, or even weeks, at a time - are an increasingly essential but under-explored part of Australia's economy. However, the social impacts on personal and family wellbeing are not well understood. This project aims to investigate the changes wrought by different sorts of mobile work on household life in Australia, with specific attention to personal and family wellbeing. It also plans to undertake qualitative research with stakeholders and households to identify the kinds of multifaceted support that might be required for this practice to flourish without negative impacts.

This project has received support from the Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP160103771 The co-investigators on this project are Dr David Bissell & Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray

2. Social consequences of robotics and artificial intelligence

The aim of the project is to generate new and powerful understandings of the social consequences of robotics and artificial intelligence. The project aims to develop an understanding of technologically-mediated mobility processes and test their capacity to address such issues as social futures and the sorts of digital skills that Australians will require for future jobs. It plans to use social theory to explore technological scenarios and hypotheses concerning possible societal futures in Australia and beyond. Project outcomes may inform social science and contribute to worldwide efforts to solve global policy problems from work and unemployment to lifestyle change.

This project has received support from the Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP160100979 The co-investigators on this project are Professor Anthony Elliott, Dr David Bissell & Dr Thomas Birtchnell

3. Commuting stress, affective labour and the transformation of urban subjectivities

This project is the first of its kind to explore how commuting stress emerges, plays out through home and work life, and impacts on the longer term plans of city workers and their families.

Further information on this project is available on the commuting life project website, along with a copy of a stakeholder report and list of publications. A monograph drawing on the research from this project is currently under preparation. This project has received support from the Australian Research Council, DECRA DE120102279