Biography of members


CI Larissa Hjorth

Having written one of the first books dedicated to mobile media in the Asia-Pacific region (Hjorth 2009), CI Hjorth brings her decade long experience to Locating the Mobile. Hjorth will lead this project, ensure milestones are met and all outcomes are delivered. Hjorth has experience in conducting and leading ARC-funded research, as first CI and post-doc fellow on the ARC Discovery (DP0986998) Online@asia/pacific: A comparative study of six online communities in the Asia-Pacific and CI on ARC Linkage, Spatial dialogues: public art and climate change (LP100200088). Both projects involved mutli-site analysis in the Asia Pacific region including Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Manila and Melbourne. Hjorth will draw on this experience in conducting multi-site analysis of mobile media in the Asia-Pacific region (Hjorth 2009) to lead the fieldwork and to manage partner and research collaboration and outputs. Hjorth, Horst and Pink have an existing track record of researching mobile and locative media.


CI Heather Horst

CI Horst is a sociocultural anthropologist who joined the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University as a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in September 2011. She has been researching mobile communication, transnational migration and digital media practices and has published widely in top anthropology, communication, cultural and media studies journals. Her expertise ranges from a variety of qualitative research methods on large-scale ethnographic projects including The Digital Youth Project that consisted of 28 researchers and 22 case studies. She has experience leading projects, including the ARC Linkage with ABC International Development, Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific (LP120200705). Horst will take the lead in the Melbourne case study of Locating the Mobile, working closely with CI Hjorth and CI Pink, and will collaborate broadly on the synthesis of the three case studies, analysis and publication outcomes.


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CI Sarah Pink

CI Pink is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work is rooted in anthropology and brings together academic scholarship with applied research. She joined RMIT in 2012 as Professor of Design/Media Ethnography. She is a global authority on digital visual and sensory ethnographic methodologies. Her EPSRC funded research into everyday digital media practices and energy consumption in UK families (Pink & Leder Mackley 2012) investigates how digital media are embedded in ecologies of place and is developed to inform design interventions. Pink will lead development of the project’s mixed-methods approach. She will also work closely with CI Hjorth and CI Horst on the Melbourne case study and contribute to the synthesis of the three case studies, analysis and publication outcomes.


PI Genevieve Bell

PI Bell is the Director of Intel Corporation’s Interaction and Experience Research division, and has a significant record of combining industry embedded expertise and academic rigour. Her expertise in ubiquitous computing is displayed in her co-authored book (with Paul Dourish), Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing (Mass, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011). She has also completed a three-year study of mobile media cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. Bell and CI Hjorth have a long history of intellectual engagement in the study of mobile media through contributions to leading publications (Thumb Culture) and conferences (The Mobile Media Conference in 2007). PI Bell will provide expert advice to the Locating the Mobile project team and contribute to the fieldwork.


PI Fumitoshi Kato

PI Kato is an expert in mobile and locative media in Japan. His work has been published in English in the highly influential collection Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life (Ito et al, 2005). He is a faculty member of ‘Keitai (a mobile phone in Japanese) Laboratory’ at Keio University, where interdisciplinary studies and research programs on socio-cultural impacts of mobile phones are conducted. He is especially interested in the use of camera phones in the context of community development. Kato will coordinate the Tokyo fieldwork for the Locating the Mobile project and bring his expertise and knowledge of locative media in the region to support the project.


PI Baohua Zhou

PI Zhou is a professor of Journalism School, research fellow at the Center for Information and Communication Studies, and Associate Director of the Media and Public Opinion Research Centre (FMORC) of The State Innovative Institute for the Studies of Journalism, Communication & Media Society at Fudan University. He has previously collaborated with CI Hjorth on a study of QQ, the dominant social media in China (mainly accessed by mobile phones) which was funded by the South China Program of CUHK. Zhou will coordinate the Shanghai case study of the Locating the Mobile project through the Institute and draw on FMORC’s highly developed research labs for new media research.


RA Jolynna Sinanan

Jolynna Sinanan is a Research Affiliate in RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She is also part of UCL’s Global Social Media Impact Study, from which she is completing a book about uses of social media in Trinidad and a co-authored volume, Visualising Facebook: A Comparative Perspective with Daniel Miller. Locating the Mobile brings Jolynna back to her home town of Melbourne with a new perspective through conducting ethnography in Australian households.


RA Josh Nettheim

Josh Nettheim is a PhD candidate in Media and Communication at RMIT University and the Research Assistant for RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. A long time performance (theatre and circus) practitioner Josh has developed a keen interest in smart objects and is presently investigating the affects/effects of social and mobile media on everyday voice and speech. Even though he owns four of them, Josh prefers life without a phone. The same cannot be said about his iPod, which follows him everywhere.


RA Kana Ohashi

Kana Ohashi is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan. She graduated from Keio University and completed a Documentary Film making programme at MET FILM SCHOOL. Her research interests: mobilities studies, sociology of families, and video ethnography. She is especially interested in how people experience migration and how people maintain long-distance relationships with their family members. Currently she is making ethnographic videos on transnational lives in Japan.


RA Shihui Gui

Born in 1992, Shihui is now a master student in Journalism Shcool, Fudan University, majoring in New Media Communication. She accomplished her undergraduate study and got bachelor’s degree from Peking University, majoring in English Literature. Her research focus is intergenerational relationship in digital era.