Dr Teresa Swist

Photo of Teresa SwistDr Teresa Swist is a Research Fellow at the Young and Resilient Research Centre (opens in a new window) and the Wellbeing Health & Youth Centre of Research Excellence.

Her transdisciplinary research explores the complexity of knowing, making and caring in the digital age. Teresa has extensive experience in theory-building, framework development, and participatory methodologies that advance imaginative possibilities and inclusive practices with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and expertise. Her social-ecological systems approach helps to surface the multidimensional aspects of wellbeing and innovation across personal, public, and planetary contexts. Teresa also applies an infrastructure perspective to make visible the ways in which diverse technologies, practices and stakeholders are shaping future pathways of healthcare, communication, cities, public libraries, sustainable development, and higher education. She has a particular interest in the role of creativity, data and technology in everyday life, plus the evolving knowledge and information practices of young people, professionals, communities, and institutions. Her work has been published in Philosophy & Technology, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, New Media & Society, and Higher Education Research & Development.


  • PhD, 2012, Macquarie University
  • MEd, 2006, Deakin University
  • DipEd, 1999, University of New South Wales
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, 2010, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, 2007, University of Sydney
  • BA, 1995, Charles Sturt University

Research Focus

  • Emerging communication technologies and co-production
  • Knowledge, information, and data practices
  • Intergenerational learning and wellbeing
  • Situated ethics and creativity
  • Health equity and sustainable development.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015: Western Sydney University Research Excellence through Partnership award: Safe and Well Online team (with Dr Philippa Collin)
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Charles Sturt University
  • 2008-2011: Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship

Selected Publications

Ang, I, Rowe, D, Magee, L, Wong, A, Swist, T, Rouillard, D & Polio, A 2016, Mapping culture: venues and infrastructure in the City of Sydney (opens in a new window), Western Sydney University.

Bones, H, Ford, S, Hendery, R, Richards, K & Swist, T 2020, ‘In the Frame: the Language of AI’ (opens in a new window), Philosophy & Technology, pp. 1-22.

Collin, P, Swist, T, Taddeo, C, & Spears, B 2020, ‘Working with complexity between control and care in digital research ethics’ (opens in a new window), In P. Billett, M. Hart, & D. Martin (eds.), Complexities of Researching with Young People, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 115-129.

Collin, P & Swist, T 2016, ‘From products to publics? The potential of participatory design for research on youth, safety and well-being’ (opens in a new window), Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 19. no. 3, pp. 305-318.

Hendery, R, Magee, L, Perry, A, Swist, T 2019, ‘Prototyping through play: making an urban satellite regional hackathon’ (opens in a new window), Trace: A Journal of Writing, Media and Ecology,

Swist, T, Collin, P & Third, A 2019, ‘Children's data journeys beyond the supply chain: Co-curating flows and frictions’ (opens in a new window), Media International Australia, vol. 170, no. 1, pp.  68-77.

Swist, T & Collin, P 2017, ‘Platforms, data and children's rights: Introducing a networked capability approach’ (opens in a new window), New Media & Society, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 671-685.

Swist, T, & Magee L, 2019, ‘Assemblages of altruism in urban service delivery: seamful designs and cities’ (opens in a new window), Journal of Urban Affairs, vol, 41, no. 5, pp. 618-629.

Swist, T & Magee, L 2017, ‘Academic publishing and its digital binds: beyond the paywall towards ethical executions of code’ (opens in a new window), Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 240-259.

Swist, T & Kuswara, A 2016, ‘Place-making in higher education: co-creating engagement and knowledge practices in the networked age’ (opens in a new window), Higher Education Research & Development, vol. 35, no. 1, pp: 100-114.

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