Professor, School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong

Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong. She is the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief and also serves as the senior editor of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and also served as Vice-Chair.

Michael researches on the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has also conducted research on the regulatory environment surrounding the tracking and monitoring of people using commercial global positioning systems (GPS) applications in the area of dementia, mental illness, parolees, and minors for which she was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.

Michael has written and edited six books, guest edited a dozen special issue journals on themes related to radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, supply chain management, location-based services, innovation and surveillance/uberveillance. She has been published widely and was responsible for the creation of the human factors series of workshops hosted annually since 2006 on the “Social Implications of National Security”. Recently she has also delivered a TEDx talk on the social implications of emerging technologies: and has participated in an ABC Big Ideas debate on the enslavement of technology: and Dangerous Ideas panel with respect to the Apple vs FBI case:


  • 2016–present
    Professor, University of Wollongong
  • 2002–2015
    Associate Professor, University of Wollongong
  • 1996–2001
    Senior Network and Business Planner, Nortel Networks
  • 1996–1996
    Systems Analyst, Andersen Consulting
  • 1994–1994
    Systems Analyst, OTIS


  • 2009 
    University of Wollongong, Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention (Law)
  • 2003 
    University of Wollongong, Doctor of Philosophy (Information and Communication Technology)
  • 1996 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Bachelor of Information Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    Towards the Regulation of the Location-Based Services Industry: Influencing Australian Government Telecommunications Policy (DP0881191)
    Sole Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Professional Memberships

  • IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (IEEE SSIT)

Research Areas

  • Social And Community Informatics (080709)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • Information Systems (0806)


Associate Dean - International