Professor Amanda Third

Dr Amanda Third with trees in the background.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, 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 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

Awards and Recognition

  • 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

Selected Publications

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

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.

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.

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.

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