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Research Fellow (Automated Decision-Making Systems), RMIT University

Kieran Hegarty is a Research Fellow at the RMIT University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S).

Kieran’s research explores the relationship between social infrastructure (particularly libraries) and digital technologies. His PhD research examines how online material is incorporated into major public library collections, and the effects that a changing information environment has on the public’s right to access and contribute to the shared cultural record.

Kieran is a member of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index research team and contributes to a range of ADM+S projects focused on digital inclusion and participation. He was also an inaugural Digital Humanism Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and is a PhD member of two of Australia’s leading interdisciplinary research centres (the Centre for Urban Research and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT).


  • 2023–present
    Research Fellow (Automated Decision-Making Systems), RMIT University


  • 2017 
    Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management (Library and Information Science)
  • 2015 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Sociology)


  • 2023
    Imagining permanence on the web: Tracing the meanings of long-term preservation among the subjects of web archives, New Media & Society
  • 2022
    Representing Biases, Inequalities and Silences in National Web Archives: Social, Material and Technical Dimensions, Archives & Manuscripts
  • 2022
    The invention of the archived web: tracing the influence of library frameworks on web archiving infrastructure, Internet Histories

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers
  • The Australian Sociological Assocation
  • Australian Library and Information Association

Research Areas

  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)