SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW & ARC DECRA FELLOW @ CURTIN UNIVERSITY (2019–PRESENT)

In April 2019, I began as continuing/tenured Senior Research Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University, and from July 2019, I will commence my three-year DECRA Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council (Australia). My primary roles include:

Chief-investigator in the “Social Media Influencers as Conduits of Knowledge in Australia and Asia” project, funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researchers Award (DECRA) (AUD401,808) (July 2019–June 2022)

Chief-investigator in the “Decoding the Weaponizing of Pop Culture on WhatsApp in Singapore and Malaysia” project, funded by Facebook Integrity Research Awards (USD50,000/AUD69,530), including Co-chief investigator Mr Niki Cheong and Co-investigators Dr Natalie Pang, Dr Amelia Johns, Assoc Prof Joanne Lim (January–December 2019)

Chief-investigator in the “Social media influencers in the Swedish and Scandinavian retail” project, supported by Handelsrådet Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council grant (~AUD103,380), hosted in Jönköping University (August 2017–June 2019)

Co-investigator in the “Evaluating the Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Shopping Centres in Singapore” project, made possible by the Heritage Research Grant (~AUD55,901) supported by the National Heritage Board in Singapore (March 2017–March 2019)

Competitive nominated participant in the Demand Driven Support Program, spearheaded by the Office of Research and Development at Curtin University: Industry Engagement – Extended Industry Driven Model Training Workshop (22hrs, June-August 2019)


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP @ JÖNKÖPING UNIVERSITY (2017–2019)
+ LECTURER @ DEAKIN UNIVERSITY (2018–2019)

I took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Media Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping University (2017–2019) supported by a competitive grant from Handelsrådet (Sweden), and was concurrently hired as an continuing/tenured Lecturer in Digital Media with the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University (July 2018–March 2019). During this time, I participated in the following grants/fellowships:

Competitive entry participant in the ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme, spearheaded by Professor Joy Damousi at the University of Melbourne, to develop research career skills (November 2018)

–Visiting Researcher with the Social Media Collective, Microsoft Research New England, Boston (~AUD3,000) (October 2018)

–Competitive Visiting Research Fellowship at the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne University of Technology (AUD5,000) (April–May 2018)

Chief-investigator in the “Social media influencers in the Swedish and Scandinavian retail” project, supported by Handelsrådet Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council grant (~AUD103,380), hosted in Jönköping University (August 2017–June 2019)

Co-investigator in the “Evaluating the Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Shopping Centres in Singapore” project, made possible by the Heritage Research Grant (~AUD55,901) supported by the National Heritage Board in Singapore (March 2017–March 2019)

Adjunct Research Fellowship with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University (March 2017–March 2019)

Co-investigator in the “Digital Living and Dying in (South) East Asia” project, made possible by the competitive Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund (~AUD38,406) with the Asia Research Institute, NUS (March 2016–March 2019)


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP @ NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (2016–2017)

During my Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (2016–2017), I participated in the following grants/fellowships:

Chief-investigator in the “Oral history of punk culture” project, supported by Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre The Substation and a small fieldwork grant (~AUD965) (April–July 2017)

Co-investigator in the “Evaluating the Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Shopping Centres in Singapore” project, made possible by the Heritage Research Grant (~AUD55,901) supported by the National Heritage Board in Singapore (March 2017–March 2019)

Adjunct Research Fellowship with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University (March 2017–March 2019)

Visiting Research Fellowship in the Department with the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University (February–March 2017)

Co-investigator in the “Digital Stereotypes: Combatting Minority Stereotypes of Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Digital Search Images Online” Project made possible by the competitive Research Collaboration Award (AUD30,000) at UWA (October 2016–October 2017)

Op3n Fellowship (Writing Fellow) under the OpenCare Research Programme by Belgium-based community care organization Edgeryders (August–October 2016)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, which was ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2015 (July 2016–June 2017)

Co-investigator in the “Digital Living and Dying in (South) East Asia” project, made possible by the competitive Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund (~AUD38,406) with the Asia Research Institute, NUS (March 2016–March 2019)


POST-PHD @ SESSIONAL WORK (2015–2016)

After my PhD (2015–2016), I participated in the following grants/projects:

Co-investigator in the “Digital Living and Dying in (South) East Asia” project, made possible by the competitive Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund (~AUD38,406) with the Asia Research Institute, NUS (March 2016–March 2019)

Affiliated Researcher with the Media Management and Transformation Center (MMTC), Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Jönköping University, which was ranked among the top 1% of leading business schools by accreditation body EQUIS in 2015 (March 2016–June 2017)

Research Assistant in the “Constructing Young People Online” Project supported by the Curtin University Grant in the Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University (December 2015–July 2016)

Research Assistant in the ARC Discovery Project “LGBT Youth Resilience” hosted by the University of Western Australia (October–December 2015)

Research Assistant in the ARC Discovery Project Toddlers and Tablets: Exploring the risks and benefits 0-5s face online” hosted by Edith Cowan University (September–October 2015)

Research Assistant in various projects in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which is among the top institutes specializing in technology research in Norway (August 2015–April 2016)


PHD @ UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (2011–2015)

My interdisciplinary PhD in Social Sciences (Anthropology & Sociology, Communication & Media Studies) was awarded by University of Western Australia in February 2016 and I convocated in September 2016. My thesis, entitled “Please Subscribe! Influencers, Social Media, and the Commodification of Everyday Life” examined how ordinary everyday internet users cultivated themselves into becoming a form of vocational microcelebrity known as Influencers. These are full-time internet celebrities who publicize their personal lives as a medium to market products to followers online.

My thesis was the only Western Australia nominee for the 2016 Best Thesis Prize by the Australian Anthropological Society. This built upon my earlier Honours Thesis (First Class Honours) completed at the National University of Singapore in June 2011 concerning young women who engaged in amateur fashion sales online, which was awarded the Rosie Heng-Ko Poh Choo Gold Medal (Best Female Graduate from the Department of Sociology) by the NUS and the Gender Studies Prize by the University Women’s Association (Singapore).

Whilst undertaking my PhD at the University of Western Australia (2011–2015), I was successful in obtaining:

–A distinguished competitive opportunity to take part in the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme at Oxford University, where I won the award for Best Student Presentation for my work on internet ethnography (July 2014)

–A Special Commendation Award for the International Tutors Program by the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the UWA, which was a professional development course that integrated effective teaching practices with my specialized research expertise in media studies (February–June 2014)

–Another prestigious competitive opportunity to participate in the CCI Winter School programme at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation, at the Queensland University of Technology, involving my work on digital anthropology (June 2013)

During this time (2011–2015), I also participated in the following fellowships:

Invited Visiting Scholar Fellowship at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore to co-lecture and supervise undergraduate research projects given my expertise in digital ethnography (August–November 2015)

Invited Visiting Researcher Fellowship at the leading global ethnography centre Digital Ethnography Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (May–June 2015)

Competitive Visiting Doctoral Fellowship at the Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC), Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) at Jönköping University (January–April 2015)

Tutor & Guest Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia (August 2012–November 2014)

Tutor & Guest lecturer at the Department of Communication & Media Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia (August 2012–November 2014)


SESSIONS UNDERTAKEN FOR LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

I have undertaken various sessions to further my leadership and management skills, including:

  • Media Training for Female Scientists and Academics, Curtin Media & Australian Science Media Centre (4hrs, Sep 2019)
  • Gender and the Future Workforce, Australian Academy of Humanities (2hrs, Jul 2019)
  • Getting the Research Approach Right and Forming the Best Team Workshop, Office of Research and Development, Curtin University (2hrs, Jul 2019)
  • Career Development Women’s Workshop for HDRs and Early Career Academics in the Humanities, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University (4hrs, Jun 2019)

SESSIONS UNDERTAKEN FOR RESEARCH & WRITING

I have undertaken various sessions to further my research and writing skills, including:

  • Writing Journal Articles: Hints and Tips to Improve Your Use of English (with Nick Robinson), Jönköping International Business School (Sep 2017)
  • Open Access Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, NUS Libraries (Oct 2016)
  • Publishing Your Monograph with a University Press, NUS Libraries (Aug 2016)
  • Sociocultural Approaches to Digital Media Scholarship Masterclass, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (Oct 2014)
  • Researching Intimacy and Personal Life (with Sasha Roseneil), Institute of Advanced Studies (Sep 2014)
  • Drafting Techniques, Postgraduate Writing Away Retreat Albany (Feb 2014)
  • Effective use of sources, Postgraduate Writing Away Retreat Albany (Feb 2014)
  • Postgraduate Writing Retreat Crawley (Jan 2014)
  • Calling on the right brain, Postgraduate Writing Retreat St Catherine’s College (Sep 2013)
  • Digital Life Writing Masterclass (with Paul Arthur), Institute of Advanced Studies (Aug 2013)
  • From Ritual Sex to Sexual Individuality Masterclass (with Gilbert Herdt), Institute of Advanced Studies (Jul 2012)
  • From Academic Researcher to Entrepreneurial Writer Masterclass (with Simon Clews), Institute of Advanced Studies (Jun 2012)
  • Research with Impact in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies (May 2012)
  • Endnote, Information Services (May 2012)
  • OneSearch, Information Services (May 2012)
  • Completion Masterclass, Thinkwell Workshops for Research Students (Apr 2012)
  • The seven secrets of highly successful research students, Thinkwell Workshops for Research Students (Apr 2012)
  • How to write a journal article, SAGE Publications (Mar 2012)
  • Research Methods, SAGE Publications (Mar 2012)
  • Information Services database usage, Information Services (Sep 2011)
  • Academic writing in practice, UWA Graduate Research School (May 2012)
  • Principles of academic writing, UWA Graduate Research School (May 2012)
  • How to write a better thesis, UWA Graduate Research School (Apr 2012)
  • How to synthesise, UWA StudySmarter (Apr 2012)
  • How to take notes from readings, UWA StudySmarter (Apr 2012)
  • How to paraphrase, UWA StudySmarter (Apr 2012)
  • How to manage academic reading, UWA StudySmarter (Apr 2012)
  • How to establish and develop written arguments, UWA StudySmarter (Mar 2012)
  • Conceptualizing your research, UWA Graduate Research School (Mar 2012)
  • Managing and reviewing the literature, UWA Graduate Research School (Mar 2012)
  • Writing your research proposal, UWA Graduate Research School (Mar 2012)
  • Kickstart your research, UWA Graduate Research School (Mar 2012)

SESSIONS UNDERTAKEN FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

I have undertaken various sessions to further my teaching and learning skills, including:

  • Seven tips on teaching like a pirate, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (Sep 2014)
  • Assessment 101: Things you need to know about assessment, Sessional Staff Professional Development Day (Mar 2014)
  • Rubrics: Your solution to assessment woes, Sessional Staff Professional Development Day (Mar 2014 )
  • Motivation: Engaging your students in meaningful learning, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Understanding the Australian system: Cultural modes of learning at UWA, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • English language development: Communicating better with your student, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Small group teaching: Strategies for use in tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Microteaching, large group teaching, evaluation of teaching resources for future development, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Things you need to know about teaching at UWA, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Marking and Providing Effective Student Feedback, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Teaching Peer Review Assessment, International Postgraduate Teachers @ UWA Programme (Feb–Jun 2014)
  • Using student feedback to improve your teaching, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (Oct 2013)
  • What counts as evidence of good teaching?, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (Sep 2013)

This page was last updated on 06 September 2019.

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