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Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His books include Are Filter Bubbles Real? (2019) and Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere (2018), and the edited collections Digitizing Democracy (2019), the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), and Twitter and Society (2014). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing 'big social data'. He served as President of the Association of Internet Researchers in 2017–19. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Professor, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
  • 2019–2021
    Past President, Association of Internet Researchers (http://aoir.org/)
  • 2017–2019
    President, Association of Internet Researchers (http://aoir.org/)
  • 2015–2017
    Vice-President, Association of Internet Researchers (http://aoir.org/)
  • 2009–2014
    Associate Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT

Education

  • 2002 
    University of Queensland, PhD (Media and Cultural Studies)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Australian Laureate Fellowship 'Drivers and Dynamics of Partisanship and Polarisation in Online Public Debate'
    Role:
    Australian Laureate Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2021
    ARC Discovery project 'Evaluating the Challenge of "Fake News" and Other Malinformation'
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2020
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2016
    ARC Discovery project 'Journalism Beyond the Crisis: Emerging Forms, Practices and Uses'
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2016
    ARC Linkage project 'Amplifying Public Value: Scholarly Contributions' Impact on Public Debate'
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    ARC LIEF project 'TrISMA: Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media in Australia'
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    ARC Future Fellowship 'Understanding Intermedia Information Flows in the Australian Online Public Sphere'
    Role:
    Future Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers (http://aoir.org/)

Research Areas

  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)