Kate Crawford is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her research focuses on social change and media technologies, particularly the terrain between humans, mobiles and social networks. She has published widely on cultures of technology use, and the way media histories inform the present.
Kate recently completed the largest study of mobile media use by 18-30 year olds in Australia, funded by the Australian Research Council. She used both qualitative and quantitative methods to look at the role of the mobile in relation to ideas of friendship, intimacy and social connectedness. She is now conducting ethnographic research in Gujarat, India on the growing significance of the mobile. In the second half of 2011 she is based in Boston, collaborating with Dr danah boyd at Microsoft Research.
Kate has received the biennial medal for outstanding scholarship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and her book Adult Themes (Macmillan, 2006) won the individual category of the Manning Clark National Cultural Award. Her next book is the co-authored Internet Adaptations: Language, Technology, Media, Power (Palgrave Macmillan).