Professor Adrian Mackenzie

B.A., B.Sc. Ph.D
Professor of Sociology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies 200102
  • Screen And Media Culture 200212
  • History And Philosophy Of Engineering And Technology 220203

Research interests

I research how contemporary cultures affect and  are affected by technologies in a broad sense. My research is sociological in that it  draws  on approaches from the social studies of science and technology, media and cultural studies,  with a particular commitment to studies of software.

My current research projects focus on platforms and platform sociology in the context of science and media, on biosensors and biosensing practices in the context of health and illness, and on data science-related transformations in knowledge in the sciences, education and government.

My recent work has been concerned with platform capitalisation and machine learning. I examine linkages between platforms and prediction in much of this work, including projects focused on large image collections, and projects focused on platform infrastructures.

I'm  interested in methodological developments associated with platforms. I view and participate in these developments mainly in the form of digital sociology, but also by continuing work that has long been part of actor network theory-guided approaches in science studies.

I have long-standing interests in the social, cultural and political theory, particularly in conceptual developments around materialities, publics, embodiment and experience.

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