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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, RMIT University

Son Vivienne is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT. Their principal expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference.

Son is also involved in community development and arts as an activist, workshop facilitator and media-maker. Son is author of Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author/co-editor of Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture (Rowman & Littlefield).

Son curates several collective storytelling websites for queer ( and gender-diverse ( communities and has over twenty years of multi-media production and distribution experience. As an award-winning writer/director/producer of drama and documentaries, they tackled subjects as diverse as youth suicide; drug cultures in Vietnamese communities; and lesbian personal columns. Their film work includes multi-lingual (Vietnamese-English and Adnyamathanha-English) and multi-modal (animation, micro-docs, digital storytelling and interactive web-platforms) projects that reflect their comparative, cross-cultural and critical approaches to communication and storytelling.

You can contact Son via their website at or twitter @sonasterisk.


  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, RMIT
  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, Flinders University of SA
  • 2013–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Queensland


  • 2013 
    Queensland University of Technology, PHD
  • 1998 
    Australian Film, TV and Radio School, BA (Directing)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers
  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association