Dr Earvin Cabalquinto

Doctor of Philosophy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Communication And Media Studies 4701
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies 470102
  • Media Studies 470107
  • Cultural Studies 4702
  • Migrant Cultural Studies 470211
  • Culture, Representation And Identity 470208
  • Asian Cultural Studies 470202
  • Consumption And Everyday Life 470203

Research interests

digital media, transnational communication, family communication at a distance, migration, mobility, immobility, care, intimacy, postcolonialism, online content production, networked spaces, digital divide, and ageing.


I am an Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. I am Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Research Centre.

I was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland in 2021. I was a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom in 2019.

I am the author of "(Im)mobile Homes: Family Life at a Distance in the Age of Mobile Media" (2022) published under the Studies in Mobile Communication series of Oxford University Press (OUP). Moreover, I am the author of a collaborative book project "Philippine Digital Cultures: Brokerage dynamics on YouTube" (2022) published as part of its Asian Visual Culture Series of Amsterdam University Press (AUP). 

I have held leadership roles across various scholarly organisations. I am the Social Media Editor of the Asian Journal of Communication. I also sit in the editorial board of a peer-reviewed and international academic journals, including International Journal of Cultural Studies, Convergence and Journal of Global Ageing.  I am the Book Review Editor of Mobile Media and Communication. I am an Associate Editor of a Philippine-based media journal, Plaridel:A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society.

My research expertise lies at the intersections of digital media, (im)mobilities and migration. More specifically, I am interested in examining the role of mobile devices and networked communication platforms in engendering and undermining transnational relationships, mediated intimacies, caregiving at a distance, crisis communication, and homeland linkages. As a digital media scholar, I engage with the possibilities, challenges, and paradoxes of digital media use across diverse contexts, including online content creation in a gig economy, ageing migrants' (im)mobility in a digital world, and sustaining familial relationships beyond borders in a platformitised society.

My research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including Mobile Media & Communication, Media Culture & Society, International Journal of Communication, Information Communication & Society and Communication, Culture and Critique, as well as in specialised edited book collections. 

Researcher's projects

(1) Australian Research Council DECRA, Exploring the digital divide in the ageing migrant's personal home (2023 - 2026)

(2) University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) Research Grant, "Performing care in a digitalized workd: Elderly Filipina Migrants in Australia" (January - June 2023)

(3) Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia (FECCA) COVID-19 Small Grants, "Apat ay Sapat (four is adcequate) campaign: Combatting vaccine hesitancy among older Filipino-Australians" (October - November 2022)

(4) 2021 Collaborative Research Plan, Special Issue on "Cultures of (im)mobile entanglements: Doing research on digital media and migration in and beyond pandemic times" with Dr Koen Leurs, Utretch University, Netherlands. Organised under the Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism Stream, and funded through the Alfred Deakin Institute for Globalisation and Citizenship.

(5) 2020 Seeding Research Grant, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, "Digital connectivity in turbulent times: The case of elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people in Melbourne, Australia" (2020 - present) 

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