Dr Mathieu O'Neil

Ph.D. in American Society and Politics, Universite Diderot - Paris 7, MA in American Society and Politics, Universite Diderot - Paris 7
Visitor, Sociology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Community Informatics 080709
  • Social Change 160805
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies 200102
  • Sociology 1608

Research interests

Mathieu's research addresses the relationship of Information and Communication Technology to issues of power and social change. He initially examined idiosyncratic personal media networks such as underground print publications or "zines" and online personal journals or "weblogs". Mathieu's work at the ACSPRI Centre for Social Research since 2005, and at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute since 2007 has focused on issues such as work, legitimacy, collective identity and frame diffusion in online communities. He is also researching the emergence of new organisational forms and quantitative methods to map and analyse online fields such as environmental and social movement activists.


Mathieu is a Graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay / St-Cloud. He has worked as a magazine editor and exhibition curator. In 2000-2003 he lectured in American Society and Politics at the Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3. Mathieu was appointed Visiting Fellow at the ANU's Centre for New Media Arts in 2004-2005. He joined the ANU's ACSPRI Centre for Social Research in 2005, where he contributed to the founding of the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON).

In 2008-2009 Mathieu worked as a researcher for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on a project to survey digital identity management practices across the Australian Public Service. In 2009-2013 Mathieu lectured in sociology of communications at the American Society and Politics department, Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris 4). In October 2013 he was appointed Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra.

In 2010 he founded and became one of the editors of the online Journal of Peer Production and was elected to the Board and Bureau of Les Amis du Monde diplomatique. His book Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes was published by Pluto in 2009.

Researcher's projects

Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks


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