Associate Professor Amanda Third

Dr Amanda Third with trees in the background.Associate Professor Amanda Third is Principal Research Fellow in Digital Social and Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of young people's technology use, with particular emphases on children's rights in the digital age, the intergenerational dynamics shaping technology practice, and vulnerable young people's technological engagements. She has conducted several large externally funded projects with industry organisations (Google Australia, Google UK, Starlight Children's Foundation, Telstra Foundation, Foundation for Young Australians) focusing on young people's everyday use of online and networked technologies and the potential for new technologies to support young people's wellbeing.

In 2010, Associate Professor Third was appointed to lead Research Program 2: 'Connected and Creative', of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window). The Young and Well CRC unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 75 partner organisations across the not-for-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and how technology can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25. The research program Associate Professor Third leads investigates how to better connect vulnerable young people with their communities by enhancing and leveraging their technology practices and their creative engagements.

She is also Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Industry Linkage project entitled 'Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility' that examines cross-sector knowledge brokering practices. She is a founding member of the Australian-based Technology and Wellbeing Cross-Sector Roundtable; a member of the international Digitally Connected Network; and an Expert Advisor to Global Kids Online, an initiative of UNICEF and the London School of Economics.


2006, PhD, Communication and Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology

1995, Italian (Hons), University of Western Australia

1994, BA, University of Western Australia

1990, BA, Environmental Design (Architecture), University of Western Australia

Honours and Awards

2015: Western Sydney University Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability award

2009: Medal for Early Career Research Achievement, Murdoch University

2006: Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Research, Curtin University

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Selected Publications


Third, A 2014, Gender and the political: deconstructing the female terrorist (opens in a new window), Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Book Chapters

Collin, P, Notley, T & Third, A 2017, 'Cultivating (digital) capacities: a role for social living labs?', in M Dezuani, M Foth, K Mallan & H Hughes (eds), Digital participation through social living labs (opens in a new window), Chandos Publishing, Amsterdam, pp. 19-36.

Third, A & Collin, P 2016, 'Rethinking (children's and young people's) citizenship through dialogues on digital practice', in A McCosker, S Vivienne & A Johns (eds), Negotiating digital citizenship: control, contest and culture (opens in a new window), Rowman & Littlefield international, London.

Third, A 2016, 'The tactical researcher: cultural studies research as pedagogy', in A Hickey (ed.), The pedagogies of cultural studies, Routledge, New York and London, pp. 93-115.

Fitch K & Third A, 2014, 'Ex-journos and promo girls: feminization and professionalization in the Australian public relations industry', in C Daymon & K Demitriou (eds), Gender and public relations: critical perspectives on voice, image and identity, Routledge, London, pp. 247-268.

Third, A 2009, 'Reframing the "whiteness" of US feminism: the 1960s social protest movement, radical feminism, and the abjection of whiteness', in K Dubinsky, C Krull, S Lord, S Mill & S Rutherford (eds), New world coming: the sixties and the shaping of global consciousness (opens in a new window), Between the Lines Books, Toronto, pp. 274-83.

Third, A & Richardson, I 2009, 'Cultural phenomenology and the material culture of mobile media', in P Vannini (ed.), Material culture and technology in everyday life: ethnographic approaches, Peter Lang, New York, pp. 145-56.

Third, A & Kao, K 2007, 'Leapfrogging: ICT policy and development in the "Third World"', in M Quigley (ed.), Encyclopaedia of information ethics and security (opens in a new window), IGI Global, New York, pp. 326-34.

Third, A 2006, 'Feminist terrorists/terrorist feminists: tracking the rise of the violent feminist threat' in S Scarparo (ed.), Violence and popular culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 67-88.

Third, A 2006, 'Does the rug match the carpet? Race, gender and the redheaded woman', in D Negra (ed.), The Irish in us: Irishness, performativity and popular culture, Duke University Press, Durham, pp. 220-53.

Edited Collections

Third, A & Vardoulakis, D (eds), [In development], 'The prison effect', Special Issue of Boundary 2.

Third, A & Bruyn, D (eds) 2009, 'Special issue: an animated dialogue: moving into the local', Animation Studies (opens in a new window).

Journal Articles

Dietz, M, Notley, T, Catanzaro, M, Sandbach, K & Third, A 2018, ‘Emotion mapping: using participatory media to support young people’s participation in urban design’, Emotion, Place and Society, vol. 28, pp. 9-27.

Magee, L, Kearney, E, Bellerose, D, Collin, P, Crabtree, L, Humphry, J, James, P, Notley, T, Sharma, A, Third, A & Yorke, S 2018, 'Addressing a volatile subject: adaptive measurement of Australian digital capacities' (opens in a new window), Information, Communication & Society, DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1543441.

Deitz, M, Notley, T, Catanzaro, M, Third, A & Sandbach, K 2018, 'Emotion mapping: using participatory media to support young people's participation in urban design'(opens in a new window), Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 28, pp. 9-17.

Livingstone, S & Third, A 2017, 'Children and young people's rights in the digital age: an emerging agenda' (opens in a new window), New Media & Society, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 657-670.

Third A, 2014, 'Mediating the female terrorist: Patricia Hearst and the containment of the feminist terrorist threat in the United States in the 1970s', Historical Social Research, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 150-175.

Third, A & Fitch, K 2010, 'Working girls: resituating the gendering of the public relations industry' (opens in a new window), Prism, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1-13.

Third, A 2010, 'Imprisonment and excessive femininity: reading Ulrike Meinhof's brain' (opens in a new window), Parallax, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 83-100.

Third, A & de Bruyn, D 2009, 'An animated dialogue: the state of play in Australasian animation studies', Animation Studies (opens in a new window), no. 3, pp. 1-6.

Spoors, G, Blaber, R & Third, A 2009, Editorial: 'Futures' in retrospect, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 757-764,

Third, A 2009, 'Saving the world from banality: animated superheroes and the everyday post-9/11', Animation Studies (opens in a new window).

Third, A, Richardson, I & McColl, I 2007, 'Moblogging and belonging: new mobile phone practices and young people's sense of social inclusion', DIMEA 2007: Second International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts, pp. 73-78.

Third, A 2006, 'Shooting from the hip: Valerie Solanas, the SCUM manifesto, and the apocalyptic politics of radical feminism', Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 104-32.

Third, A, Pickering, P & Wilson, D 2004, 'Media, secrecy and Guantanamo Bay', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 79-84.

Third, A & Pickering, S 2003, 'Castrating conflict: gender(ed) terrorists and terrorism domesticated', Social Alternatives, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 8-15.

Third, A 2002, 'Nuclear terrorists: Patty Hearst and the terrorist family', Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 82-99.

Third, A 2000, '"Your sons and your daughters are beyond your control": Patty Hearst, terrorism, state violence and brainwashing', in GT Espak & S Toth (eds), Third Annual Curtin Humanities Postgraduate Research Conference Proceedings 1999, Black Swan Press, Western Australia, pp. 51-59.

Third, A 1999, 'Valerie Solanas: ultimate female terrorist', in B Dibble (ed.) Second Curtin Humanities Postgraduate Student Conference Proceedings 1998, Humanities Graduate Research and Studies of Curtin University, Perth, pp. 63-73.

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Third, A 2010, 'Imprisonment and excessive femininity: reading Ulrike Meinhof's brain', Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) national conference, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Third, A 2010, 'Young people, technology and wellbeing: harnessing the potential of technology to enable young people and build resilience', International youth mental health conference [invited plenary speaker].

Third, A 2010, 'Redefining safety in an age of social networking: evaluating the Livewire online community', Navigating the maze: cybersafety and wellbeing solutions for schools, 4th biennial national NCAB conference, University of Melbourne.

Third, A 2009, 'Connecting, supporting and empowering young people living with chronic illness and disability: the Livewire online community', Starlight Children's Foundation board and Livewire team, Sydney & Melbourne.

Third, A 2009, 'Terrorist time: terrorism, modernity and the everyday', Cultural mediations workshop, Carleton University, Ottawa [invited presentation].

Third, A 2009, 'Imprisonment and excessive femininity: reading Ulrike Meinhof's brain', Colloquium co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis [invited presentation].

Third, A 2009, 'Reframing the "whiteness" of US feminism: the 1960s protest "Movement", radical feminism, and the abjection of whiteness', Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis [invited presentation].

Third, A 2009, 'Terrorist time: terrorism, modernity and the apocalyptic implosion of modernity', Communications Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney [invited presentation].

Third, A, Richardson, I & Lidberg, J 2008, 'Cybercrap and technoghosts: mapping the tensions between utopian and dystopian cultural attitudes towards online and network engagements', Futures: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia national conference, co-hosted by Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Third, A 2008, 'Abjecting whiteness: the "movement", radical feminism and the politics of genocide', Crossroads in cultural studies: seventh international conference, University of the West Indies, Kingston.


Livingstone, S, Lansdown, G & Third, A 2017, The case for a UNCRC General Comment on Children’s Rights and Digital Media: A report prepared for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner of England. London, LSE Consulting.

Third, A, Bellerose, D, Diniz De Oliveira, J, Lala, G & Theakstone, G 2017, Young and online: children’s perspectives on life in the digital age (The state of the world’s children 2017 companion report) (opens in a new window)(PDF, 5MB), Sydney, Western Sydney University, DOI: 10.4225/35/5a1b885f6d4db.

Campbell, M, Crabtree, L, Davis, V, Keltie, E, Madden, S, Flouris, A, Third, A & Hendery, R 2017, Keeping strong: digital technology, participatory research, and young people's wellbeing amongst Alice Springs Town Camp communities (opens in a new window)(PDF, 1MB), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Magee, L, Neilson, B, Third, A, James, P, Stone, G, Keltie, E, Thomson, R, Bhatia, S & Huang, Q 2017, Gen nbn™: 2020 and beyond (opens in a new window). Prepared for nbn co limited, Australia.

Third, A 2016, 'Researching the benefits and opportunities for children online' (opens in a new window), Global Kids Online, London.

Swist, T, Collin, P, McCormack, J & Third, A 2015, 'Social media and the wellbeing of children and young people: a literature review' (opens in a new window)(PDF, 520KB). Prepared for the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Perth.

Third, A, Bellerose, D, Dawkins, U, Keltie, E & Pihl, K 2014, Children's rights in the digital age: a download from children around the world (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Third, A, Forrest-Lawrence, P & Collier, A 2014, Addressing the cyber safety challenge: from risk to resilience (opens in a new window), Telstra Corporation.

Third, A, Spry, D & Locke, K 2013, Enhancing parents' knowledge and practice of online safety: a research report on an intergenerational 'Living Lab' experiment, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne. 

Third, A, Kelly-Dalgety, E & Spry, D 2013, Real Livewires: a research report on the role of chat hosts in the Livewire online community for young people living with a chronic illness or disability (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Strider, J, Locke, K, Richardson, I & Third, A 2012, Intergenerational approaches towards enhancing parents' knowledge and practice of online safety: 'Living Lab' research report, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Strider, J, Third, A, Locke, K & Richardson, I 2012, Parental approaches to enhancing young people's online safety: literature review, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Third, A, Richardson, I, Collin, P, Rahilly, K & Bolzan, N 2011, Intergenerational attitudes towards social networking services and cybersafety: a living lab, Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing, Melbourne.

Collin, P, Rahilly, K, Richardson, I & Third, A, 2011, The benefits of social networking service: literature review (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Third, A & Richardson, I 2010, Analysing the impacts of social networking for young people living with chronic illness, a serious condition or a disability: an evaluation of the Livewire online community, report prepared for the Starlight Children's Foundation.


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