Sarah Pink is a Professor working in the Design Research Institute and the School of Media and Communications at RMIT.
Sarah Pink’s research combines theoretical and methodological scholarship with applied practice. She works across themes including digital media, energy, consumption, everyday life, sustainability, activism, tacit and sensory ways of knowing, safety and health and the construction industry. She researches across urban, domestic and workplace environments.
Her work is often developed through interdisciplinary collaborations across design, engineering and arts disciplines to which she brings social and cultural research expertise. She simultaneously pursues her own theoretical and methodological agenda focusing on media, technologies, embodied ways of knowing and situated processes of change and intervention.
Sarah is a global authority on digital visual and sensory ethnography methodologies. To view one of her recent keynote lectures in this area visit inVisio Inspire Keynote.
Sarah is co-located in the Design Research Institute and connects with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication. She joined RMIT in 2012 from Loughborough University (UK), where she now holds a part time Professorship of Social Sciences and continues her work as co-investigator leading the ethnographic strands of two interdisciplinary projects:
’Lower effort energy demand reduction’ (EPSRC funded £1.7m). Visit the Low Effort Energy Demand Reducation website for details of the project and investigators.
’Management of OSH in Networked Systems of Production or Service Delivery: Comparisons between Healthcare, Construction and Logistics’, (IOSH funded £299,633) (led by Prof Alistair Gibb).
Since 2005 Sarah has also researched and published on urban activism, media, the global-local, sustainability and wellbeing through her work on the Cittaslow (Slow City) movement in the UK (Nuffield Foundation funded 2005–2007), and in 2011, in Spain (with Prof Lisa Servon, The New School, New York). She is now expanding the global reach of this work to research the development of the Australasian Cittaslow network (with Assoc Professor Tania Lewis at RMIT)
Sarah’s other international roles are as an external lecturer at the Free University in Berlin, Visiting Scholar at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona (2010–2011), and collaborations with a group of scholars from Halmstad and Lund Universities in Sweden, through the WITS (Wellbeing through Innovation in Technology and Society) group at Halmstad University, where she was Senior Advisor to the ’Plan for mobilizing social science’ (2011). She is also Honorary Professor at the CPCI at Griffith University and elected to the Executive Board of the International Visual Sociology Association to 2012.
Sarah is an experienced research supervisor. She can consider proposals from potential research students in any of her areas of expertise outlined above. This includes interdisciplinary projects, purely academic research, work that links applied and academic scholarship and practice led research. She is also an experienced Examiner of Doctoral research in these areas.
PhD and a BA(Hons) (first class) in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK)
MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester (UK)
- Pink, S.,Mackley, K. (2016). Moving, making and atmosphere: routines of home as sites for mundane improvisation In: Mobilities, 11, 171 - 187
- Pink, S.,Horst, H.,Postill, J.,Hjorth, L.,Lewis, T.,Tacchi, J. (2016). Digital ethnography: Principles and practices, Sage Publications Limited, Los Angeles, United States
- Hjorth, L.,Horst, H.,Pink, S.,Zhou, B.,Kato, F.,Bell, G.,Ohashi, K.,Marmo, C.,Miao, X. (2016). Digital kinships: Intergenerational locative media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne In: Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Pink, S.,Sinanan, J.,Hjorth, L.,Horst, H. (2016). Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand In: Mobile Media and Communication, 4, 237 - 251
- Hjorth, L.,Pink, S.,Sharp, K.,Williams, L. (2016). Screen Ecologies: Art, media, and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
- Rassell, A.,Robinson, J.,Verhagen, D.,Pink, S.,Redmond, S.,Stadler, J. (2016). Seeing, sensing sound: eye-tracking soundscapes in Saving Private Ryan and Monsters, Inc. In: Making Sense of Cinema, Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, United States
- Pink, S.,Mackley, K.,Mitchell, V.,Wilson, G.,Bhamra, T. (2016). Refiguring digital interventions for energy demand reduction: Designing for life in the digital-material home In: Digital Materialities: Design and Anthropology, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, United Kingdom
- Lingard, H.,Pink, S.,Hayes, J.,McDermott, V.,Harley, J. (2016). Using participatory video to understand subcontracted construction workers' safety rule violations In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference (ARCOM 2016), Manchester, United Kingdom, 5-7 September 2016
- Pink, S. (2015). Mediated sensory ethnography: doing and recording sensory ethnography in a digital world In: Doing Sensory Ethnography, SAGE Publications Limited, London
- Steele, W.,McShane, I.,Legacy, C.,Strengers, Y.,Handmer, J.,Pink, S. (2015). The cyborg city: re-thinking urban resilience through mobile communications In: Proceedings of the SOAC 7 - State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast, Australia, 9-11 December 2015
- Automation and Everyday Life (KK Foundation Visiting Professor - Sarah Pink) - Administered by Halmstad University. Funded by: The Knowledge Foundation (Sweden) Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Sensing, Shaping, Sharing: Imagining the body in a mediatized world. Funded by: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences) Grant 2015 from (2016 to 2017)
- Transmedia literacy: exploiting transmedia skills and informal learning strategies to improve formal education (Administered by Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Spain). Funded by: Horizon 2020: Research and Innovation Action Grant 2015 from (2015 to 2018)
- Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational locative media practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2013 from (2013 to 2016)
8 PhD Current Supervisions