A/PROF Michael Arnold

A/PROF Michael Arnold


  • Social Studies of Technology (technology and death, community informatics, domestic technologies, communications technologies)



  • Assoc. Professor Michael Arnold's on-going research activities and interests lie at the intersection of digital technologies and our society and culture.

    Michael's current and recent research projects include...
    1. an examination of alternatives to burial and cremation for the final disposition of human bodies (current ARC Discovery),
    2. an examination of the use of digital media to commemorate the dead (recent ARC Discovery),
    3. an examination of the implications of the NBN for the domestic media ecology (recent ARC Discovery),
    4. a comparative study of social networking in six locations across the Asia-Pacific (recent ARC Discovery),
    5. a longitudinal examination of high speed broadband in the domestic context (funded by ACCAN),
    6. an examination of consumer attitudes to the NBN (funded by IBES),
    7. a study of ethical and governance issues associated with the electronic health record (funded by IBES).

    In 2018 Michael will be teaching
    1. HPSC20009 Technology and Contemporary Life
    2. UNIB10005 Internet Meets Society
    3. HPSC10003 Debating Science in Society


Member of

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Society on Social Implications of Technology (Aust. Chapter) 2006 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • ARC Grants

    2001 - 2003 - The Wired Homes Project
    2005 - 2008 - The Connected Home: probing the effects and affects of domesticated information and communication technologies
    2009 - 2011 - Online@asia/pacific: A comparative study of online networks in the Asia-Pacific
    2013 - 2015 - An Investigation of the Early Adoption and Appropriation of High-Speed Broadband in the Domestic Environment
    2014 - 2016 - Digital Commemoration
    2018 - 2020 - Beyond Burial and Cremation   


Education and training

  • PhD, Deakin University 1995
  • GDipCE, Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1982
  • HDT(S), Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1974



Available for supervision

  • Y