Associate Professor Ellie Rennie is a Principal Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (Technology, Communications and Policy Lab), based in the School of Media and Communication.She is also a member of RMIT's Blockchain Innovation Hub.
Ellie's current research is focused on social and policy questions arising from automation technologies, including blockchain. She has also worked extensively on the topic of digital inclusion, particularly in relation to remote Australia and Indigenous social norms. In addition, she maintains a strong research interest in civil society and media policy, including community media. Current and recent projects include: Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion, working with industry partner One Education (2016-2017), Cyber Safety in Remote Aboriginal Communities (funded by Telstra), Understanding the Disruption Ecosystem (AHURI-funded, focusing on blockchain and the housing sector, with UNSW and Swinburne). Her book publications include: Using Media for Social Innovation (Intellect, with Aneta Podkalicka, 2018). Internet on the Outstation: The digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities (multi-authored with industry partners, Institute for Network Cultures, 2016), Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation (Monash University Press, 2011); Community Media: A Global Introduction (Rowan & Littlefield, 2006).
Journal advisory/board roles: Communication Research and Practice, the Journal of Alternative Media and 3CMedia. External: Vice President, Community Broadcasting Foundation; Advisory committee, Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education; Steering group, Alethia Foundation
Ellie Rennie's full list of academic publications can be found via Google Scholar
Additional research reports are located on the Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO)
BA(Hons, Melbourne University)
- Rennie, E.,Hogan, E.,Gregory, R.,Crouch, A.,Wright, A.,Thomas, J. (2016). Internet on the outstation: The digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities, Institute for Network Cultures, Australia
- Rennie, E.,Hogan, E.,Holcombe-James, I. (2016). Cyber safety in remote Aboriginal communities and towns In: Telstra Melbourne, Australia
- Woodrow, N.,Spurgeon, C.,Rennie, E.,Klaebe, H.,Heck, E.,Haseman, B.,Hartley, J.,Edmond, M.,Burgess, J. (2015). Community uses of co-creative media: Digital storytelling and co-creative media: The role of community arts and media in propagating and coordinating population-wide creative practice In: Cultural Science, 8, 150 - 243
- Ewing, S.,Rennie, E.,Thomas, J. (2015). Broadband policy and rural and cultural divides in Australia In: Digital Divides: The New Challenges and Opportunities of e-Inclusion, CRC Press, New York, United States
- Rennie, E.,Podkalicka, A. (2014). Youth development or media innovation? The outcomes of youth media enterprise In: Cultural Science, 7, 98 - 110
- Rennie, E. (2013). Co-creative media in remote Indigenous communities In: Cultural Science, 6, 22 - 36
- Rennie, E. (2013). Unintended consequences: Satellite policy and Indigenous television In: Media International Australia, , 92 - 103
- Rennie, E.,Crouch, A.,Wright, A.,Thomas, J. (2013). At home on the outstation: Barriers to home internet in remote Indigenous communities In: Telecommunications Policy, 37, 583 - 593
- Howard, S.,Rennie, E. (2013). Free for all: A case study examining implementation factors of one-to-one device programs In: Computers in the Schools, 30, 359 - 377
- Podkalicka, A.,Meredyth, D.,MacKenzie, D.,Rennie, E.,Staley, J.,Thomas, J.,Wilson, C. (2013). Youthworx media: youth media and social enterprise as intervention and innovation In: Australian Research Council Melbourne, Australia