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Associate Professor Raelene Wilding Associate Professor, Sociology

How are new technologies changing how people care for each other, think about their families and maintain their relationships? How does this vary across social and cultural backgrounds? These are the fundamental question underpinning my research, teaching and postgraduate supervision.

In the Ageing and New Media project (with Loretta Baldassar, ARC DP160102552), I am exploring the uses of new media by older people in Australia who have friends and family living overseas or at a distance.

In the Home Lands project (with Sandra Gifford and others, ARC LP 0980149), I examined the ways in which young people from refugee backgrounds use communication technologies and audiovisual media production to produce and maintain links between dispersed homes, families and communities.

I have also worked on regional resettlement of humanitarian migrants (with Caitlin Nunn) and I am investigating the impact of assistive devices on the family lives and selfhood of older people.

I welcome applications for HDR supervision on any of the above topics, and have supervised PhD theses on topics as diverse as marriage in Thailand (Natcharee Suwannapat) and Vietnam (Thanh Vu Thi), cross-cultural online dating (Wilasinee Pananakhonsab), second generation ethnic identities (Cathrin Anderson), Sri Lankan soap operas (Shashini Gamage) and refugee media production (Manoch Chammuangpak).

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