I studied my undergraduate and honours degree at the University of Tasmania, before moving to Monash University in 2017. Previously, I was employed at UTAS as a tutor and research assistant, and I am still involved with the UTAS Tourist Tracer project. All these pursuits have involved qualitative approaches to research and a keen interest in technology – how people relate to it, and connect through it. My PhD project here at Monash builds on my previous work and is focussed on how people ‘self-track’ using wearable devices (Fitbit etc.) in their everyday lives. The project employs an innovative mixed-methods, largely qualitative approach, to researching this topic.
Why Wearables? Understanding Self-Tracking Devices
Wearable technology, social media, digital sociology
My project situates wearable devices not just as ‘fitness tracker’, ‘health surveillance’ or ‘gadget’, but as deeply intimate technologies that come to mediate social experiences. Equally intimate are the visual elements that wearable devices generate – graphs and logs of daily movement. These contain unique meanings for every individual. Drawing on recent ethnographic methods centred on devices, apps, and social media, I plan to unpack these visualisations with participants as part of my research.