Director, Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, RMIT University

Julian Thomas is the Director of the Technology, Communication and Policy Lab at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and the Director for the Social Change Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University.

He is a researcher in digital media and the internet, including media, communications and information policy and the history of communications technologies. Julian’s recent work includes the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2017 and 2016), Internet on the Outstation (Institute of Network Cultures, 2016), and The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015).

Julian was previously the Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (SISR), and Professor of Media and Communications. Julian is Chair of the management committee of the website Australian Policy Online, and is a member of the Telstra CEO’s Consumer Forum, the ARC College of Experts, and the Advisory Board of QUT’s Digitial Media Research Centre.


  • –present
    ECP Director, Social Change, RMIT University