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Principal Research Fellow - Digital, Social and Cultural Research, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Amanda Third (PhD) is Principal Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia. Amanda’s research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of young people’s technology use, with particular emphases on children’s rights in the digital age, the intergenerational dynamics shaping technology practice, and vulnerable young people’s technological engagements. Drawing upon youth participation and user-led methodologies, Amanda's research seeks to ensure that the insights and experiences of young people directly shape the policies and programs that are designed for them. From 2011-2016, Amanda led a research program in the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre ( She is also Lead Investigator on an Australian Research Council Industry Linkage project entitled “Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility” and Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Living Lab. Amanda is a founding member of the Australian-based Technology and Wellbeing Cross-Sector Roundtable and the Australian Living Labs Innovation Network; a member of the international Digitally Connected Network; and an Expert Advisor to Global Kids Online.


  • 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