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Co-Director, Young and Resilient Research Centre/Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Professor Amanda Third (PhD) is Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University; Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Research Centre; Research Stream Co-Lead in the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (Victorian Government); and Faculty Associate in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

An international expert in child-centred, participatory research, her work investigates children's technology practices, focusing on marginalised groups and rights-based approaches. She has led child-centred projects to understand children’s experiences of the digital age in over 70 countries, working with partners across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and children and young people themselves.

Professor Third is lead author of Young People in Digital Society: Control/Shift (Palgrave, 2019); Young and Online: Children’s Perspectives on Life in the Digital Age (WSU/UNICEF, 2017); and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Children around the World (Young and Well CRC/UNICEF, 2014). She is currently co-authoring a UNCRC General Comment on Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment.


  • 2010–present
    Senior Lecturer, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney


  • 2006 
    Curtin University, PhD (Communication and Cultural Studies)

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Screen And Media Culture (200212)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)


2015 Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Engagement and Sustainability | 2009 Murdoch University Medal for Outstanding Early Career Research