Associate Professor Ellie Rennie is Co-Director of RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre. 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 communities. In addition, she maintains a strong research interest in civil society and media policy, including community media. From 2020 she will be an ARC Future Fellow, working on a project called 'Cooperation through code: The social outcomes of blockchain technology'. The project aims to show the social consequences of using distributed ledger technology, including blockchains, for compliance, registries and regulatory processes. The project expects to generate new knowledge of how technology is changing administrative coordination between government and non-government entities.
Recent projects include: Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion, working with industry partner One Education (2016-2019), Cyber Safety in Remote Aboriginal Communities (funded by Telstra), Disconnect podcast (funded by Telstra). 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).
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)
- Hartley, J.,Potts, J.,Montgomery, L.,Rennie, E.,Neylon, C. (2019). Do we need to move from communication technology to user community? A new economic model of the journal as a club In: Learned Publishing, 32, 27 - 35
- Rennie, E.,Schmieder, K.,Thomas, J.,Howard, S.,Ma, J.,Yang, J. (2019). Privacy and app use in Australian primary schools: insights into school-based Internet governance In: Media International Australia, , 1 - 12
- Rennie, E. (2019). Digital repertoires in Australia's remote Aboriginal communities In: Location Technologies in International Context, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Rennie, E.,Thomas, J.,Wilson, C. (2019). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and digital inclusion: what is the evidence and where is it? In: Communication Research and Practice, 5, 105 - 120
- Potts, J.,Rennie, E. (2019). (In Press) Web3 and the creative industries: How blockchain is reshaping business models In: A Research Agenda for Creative Industries, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
- Podkalicka, A.,Rennie, E. (2018). Using media for social innovation, Intellect, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Rennie, E.,Yunkaporta, T.,Holcombe-James, I. (2018). Cyber safety in remote Aboriginal Communities: Final Report In: Telstra Melbourne
- Horn, C.,Rennie, E. (2018). Digital access, choice and agency in remote Sarawak In: Telematics and Informatics, 35, 1935 - 1948
- Howard, S.,Yang, J.,Ma, J.,Maton, K.,Rennie, E. (2018). App clusters: Exploring patterns of multiple app use in primary learning contexts In: Computers and Education, , 1 - 30
- Pettit, C.,Liu, E.,Rennie, E.,Goldenfein, J.,Glackin, S. (2018). Understanding the disruptive technology ecosystem in Australian urban and housing contexts: a roadmap In: AHURI Melbourne
- Cyber Safety in remote Aboriginal Communities. Funded by: Telstra Corporation Limited Contract from (2017 to 2018)
- Understanding the 'disruption ecosystem' - a review of current and emerging technological disruptions. AHURI 17/PRO/71151 (Administered by: University of New South Wales). Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2017 from (2017 to 2018)
- Investigating the dynamics of digital inclusion. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2015 Round 1 from (2015 to 2019)
5 PhD Current Supervisions
Indigenous media, Internet adoption and use in remote areas, Digital inclusion, Community media, Social aspects of blockchain innovation.
- PhD (Creative Industries, QUT)
- BA (Hons in Political Science, Melbourne University)