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I lead the ANU Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech), a collaboratory based at RegNet. JusTech brings together scholars from across Australia and the world to advance more just and equitable regulatory approaches to the governance of science and technology. Most of my current research revolves around three projects:

Sociotechnical Navigation and Problem Solving during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions around the world. To acquire information, resources, and services, individuals have had to manage various issues, such as public health preventive measures, learning and working from home, and unexpected financial burdens. Sociotechnical infrastructure has become central to accomplishing many mundane and important tasks. How have individuals and communities navigated systems to acquire needed resources and to accomplish everyday life tasks? And, how have these practices varied over the course of the pandemic?

Biometric Technologies, Surveillance, and Social Assistance

Biometric technologies, predictive algorithms, and risk assessment models are increasingly used as regulatory tools in the context of social assistance, often in the name of cost savings and fraud prevention. Emergent research suggests these technologies have negative consequences for social assistance recipients. We ask: how are these technologies informing experiences of regulation? What are their effects and implications for governance? Our case studies, supported by the ANU Futures Scheme, examine humanitarian aid and social welfare practices in Australia, India, and Lebanon.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Regulatory Science

This Australian Research Council-funded project explores how different forms of knowledge have contributed to the rise of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a health concern. In addition to looking at scientific and public health discourses in Australasia and North America, we examine approaches to regulating TBI among sport participants, military personnel, and survivors of intimate partner violence in Australia, Canada, and the United States. The study illuminates how science and regulation reflect shifting beliefs about brain health, the mind and body, and (injured) human agency.

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