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Associate Professor of Communication, News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

Mathieu is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre, where he leads the Critical Conversations Lab. Mathieu’s research focuses on the affordances of commons-based peer production such as free and open source software and Wikipedia. He is currently investigating how Wikipedia can assist in generating civic online reasoning and best fact-checking practice in three ACT schools. He also leads an international team researching the organisational and public policy implications of the production of free and open source software. Mathieu has played a key role in developing the field of peer production studies by founding and editing the peer-reviewed Journal of Peer Production (2011-2021), by editing the Handbook of Peer Production (Wiley-Blackwell Handbooks in Communication and Media, 2021), and by founding an international think tank, the Digital Commons Policy Council, in 2021.

Mathieu has also made significant contributions to the development of innovative online research methods and concepts, most recently thanks to an international project in which he is developing heuristics to detect online echo chambers. Mathieu is a founding member of the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON), a world leader in web science and big data analytics located in the Australian National University. Mathieu’s research on the adoption of innovation and the diffusion of health misinformation in the online environment draws on analytical frameworks such as social network analysis, actor-network theory and the sociologies of fields and controversies. In 2020 Mathieu presented findings and made policy recommendations on two occasions to the Senate Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media, and was invited to discuss the Australian Perspectives on Misinformation report on the ABC's Lateline with the iconic Philip Adams.

Mathieu's research has been published in three books and in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Social Networks, Information, Communication & Society, Réseaux, New Media and Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Organization Studies, amongst others.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Associate Professor of Communication, University of Canberra
  • 2019–present
    Honorary Associate Professor, School of Sociology, Australian National University
  • 2015–2019
    Visiting Fellow, School of Sociology, Australian National University
  • 2008–2015
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University
  • 2009–2013
    Maitre de Conference, Université Paris Sorbonne
  • 2008–2008
    Principal Researcher, Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy
  • 2005–2006
    Senior Research Associate, ACSPRI Centre for Social Research, Australian National University
  • 2000–2003
    Maitre de Conference, Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3

Education

  • 1996 
    Universite Paris Diderot, PhD - Language and Culture of Anglophone Societies (American Politics and Society: Media)

Publications

  • 2021
    The coproduction of open source software by volunteers and big tech firms, News and Media Research Centre
  • 2021
    Handbook of Peer Production, Wiley Handbooks in Communication and Media
  • 2020
    Digital News Report: Australia 2020, News and Media Research Centre
  • 2020
    ‘Open source has won and lost the war’: Legitimising commercial–communal hybridisation in a FOSS project, New Media and Society
  • 2020
    The Case for Asymmetry in Online Research: Caring About Issues in Australian and Canadian Web 1.0 Bee Networks, International Journal of Communication
  • 2020
    Australian Perspectives on Misinformation, News and Media Research Centre
  • 2019
    Engagement with news on Twitter: insights from Australia and Korea, Asian Journal of Communication
  • 2019
    Risk issue adoption in an online social movement field, Information Communication and Society

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Bots Building Bridges (3B): Theoretical, Empirical, and Technological Foundations for Systems that Monitor and Support Political Deliberation Online
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Volkswagen Foundation - Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future
  • 2021
    Social media and COVID-19 health misinformation: Evidence from Australia
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    University of Canberra
  • 2021
    Co-developing a new approach to media literacy in the attention economy
    Role:
    Lead CI
    Funding Source:
    ACT Education Directorate-UC Affiliated Schools Research Program
  • 2020
    Health Misinformation in Social Media Networks
    Role:
    Lead CI
    Funding Source:
    University of Canberra
  • 2019
    Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects and firms
    Role:
    Lead CI
    Funding Source:
    Sloan Foundation / Ford Foundation Critical Digital Infrastructure Fund
  • 2019
    News media literacy: What works and does it make a difference?
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • Association of Internet Researchers

Research Areas

  • Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified (160899)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy (130201)
  • Communication And Media Studies Not Elsewhere Classified (200199)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Communication Studies (200101)