Professor Crystal Abidin
Professor Crystal Abidin is an anthropologist and ethnographer of internet cultures, focusing especially on influencer cultures, internet celebrity, online visibility, and social media pop cultures, mostly in the Asia Pacific region. She works as Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University; Director of the Influencer Ethnography Research Lab (IERLab); Deputy Director of the Korea Research Centre (KRC); Associate Investigator at the Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child; Programme Lead of Social Media Pop Cultures at the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT); and Affiliate Researcher with the Media Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping University. She is also Founder of the TikTok Cultures Research Network (TCRN), and Editor-in-Chief of Media International Australia (MIA).
Dr Brendan Churchill
Dr Brendan Churchill is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts. He has been at The University of Melbourne since 2017, most recently as a Research Fellow and the Program Manager of Life Patterns Research Program in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and before that as a Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences (2017-2021). Prior to joining Melbourne, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Change and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania. Brendan currently holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). His project Making a Life with Less: Youth Underemployment over the Life Course (DE220100027) will examine the impact of underemployment on young people's lives inside and outside of work using high quality longitudinal quantitative data and qualitative interviews (2022-2025).
Dr Joshua Kalemba
Dr Joshua Kalemba is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Faculty of Business & Law, School of Management. Joshua was awarded a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia in 2021. Joshua’s research focuses on how categories of difference are perceived, lived and the implications for people assigned difference in relation to work. Joshua’s research explores this in relation to processes associated with mobility, racialisation, coloniality, migration, education, belonging, and aspirations for the future. Joshua is currently researching the organisation of digital platform work from the perspective of both workers and the intermediaries they use to find work.
Saxon Phipps - Year13
Saxon Phipps is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Year13 and Career Tools. Year13 is an EduTech company that strives to democratise opportunity to empower all young people into intrinsically motivated education and employment by utilising data & technology to effectively prepare future generations for the ever-changing world of work. As Australia's largest Career Development System, the Career Tools platform vertically integrates the school to work journey by providing SaaS, AI and credential based career education tools that assist students, schools, parents, educators, industry and governments with the school to work transition.
Year13 are closing the gap on a 20th-century approach to career-related learning; our north star is to develop generations of young people into a productive, resilient and passion-driven workforce. The team at Year 13 have been able to apply this process to create several youth engagement strategies and programs for the likes of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Engineers Australia, and the Industry Skills Organisations (Digital, Mining and Human Services). Saxon regularly speaks at events about youth issues such as The Australian Financial Review - Higher Education Summit, Australian Davos Connection - Future of Education Summits and is on the advisory board to the National Careers Institute (an initiative of the Federal Government's Department of Employment and Workplace Relations).
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