Stefan’s research interests revolve around people's everyday use of technology. He is particularly interested in young people and the intersection of technology, narrative and identity. Since 2001 Stefan has run projects deploying virtual worlds, games, mobile phones and the Internet.
Stefan is a Chief Investigator of the $3 million NBN-funded Digital Enterprise project. He is also co-founder of The Lab (www.thelab.org.au), a national network of technology clubs for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome, and creator of the Lewis & Skinner online signwriting document archive (www.lewisandskinner.com). Before this Stefan ran the VicHealth-funded Avatar and Connected Lives projects, which researched the use of technology by disadvantaged young people. These projects received national awards in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Prior to VU, Stefan worked as an internet producer, coder, interaction designer and project manager, and before that as a copywriter and musician. He also established and ran Australia’s first Computer Clubhouse, an international skills initiative for disadvantaged young people.