Professor Ned Rossiter

Director of Research, Institute for Culture and Society

Professor Ned Rossiter with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Ned Rossiter is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media, and data politics. Rossiter is Professor of Communication and Director of Research at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

Rossiter is the author of Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (2006), Software, Infrastructure, Labor: A Media Theory of Logistical Nightmares (2016) and (with Geert Lovink) Organization after Social Media (2018). He is currently writing a book with Soenke Zehle called The Experience of Digital Objects: Automation, Aesthetics, Algorithms. His writings have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, French, Finnish, Dutch, Chinese, Greek, Latvian, Hungarian, Turkish and Polish.

Ned is currently a Chief Investigator on the following Australian Research Council Discovery Projects:

‘The Geopolitics of Automation’, Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP200101409). Chief Investigators: Prof Ned Rossiter, Prof Brett Neilson, Prof Anna Munster, Dr Liam Magee. Partner Investigators: Assoc Prof Sandro Mezzadra, Prof Manuela Bojadzijev, Assoc Prof Orit Halpern, Prof Yuk Hui. (2020-2023)

‘Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory’, Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160103307). Chief Investigators: Prof Brett Neilson, Prof Ned Rossiter, Dr Tanya Notley. Partner Investigators: Prof Laikwan Pang, Prof Stefano Harney, Assoc Prof Sandro Mezzadra, Prof Anna Reading, Dr Florian Sprenger. (2016-2020)


  • PhD, 2005, Media Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • Grad. Dip., 1992, Design, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
  • BA, 1992, Media Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Advanced Internet Studies, Bochum
  • 2016: Visiting Professor, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London
  • 2016: Senior Research Fellow, Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana University
  • 2016-18: Member, College of Experts, Australian Research Council
  • 2013: Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, L√ľneburg
  • 2013: Visiting Professor, Singapore Management University
  • 2011: Awarded an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative Industries, Peking / Beida University, China
  • 2004-: Long-term adviser for and collaborator with the Institute of Network Cultures (opens in a new window), Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • 2004-10: Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney
  • 2003: Visiting Fellow, Media and Communications, Melbourne University

Selected Publications

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2019, 'Theses on automation and labour', in D Bigo, E Isin & E Ruppert (eds), Data politics: worlds, subjects, rights, 1st edition (opens in a new window), Routledge.

Neilson, B, Rossiter, N & Samaddar, R 2018, ‘Making logistical worlds’, in B Neilson, N Rossiter and R Samaddar (eds), Logistical Asia: the labour of making a world region, Palgrave, Singapore, pp. 1-20.

Neilson, B, Rossiter, N & Samaddar, R (eds) 2018, Logistical Asia: the labour of making a world region (opens in a new window), Palgrave, Singapore.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2018, Organization after social media (opens in a new window), Minor Compositions, New York.

Neilson, B, Rossiter, N & Samaddar, R (eds) 2018, Logistical Asia: the labour of making a world region (opens in a new window), Springer, Singapore.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2017, Logistical worlds: infrastructure, software, labour, No.2, Kolkata (opens in a new window), Low Latencies, London.

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2017, ‘The experience of digital objects: toward a speculative entropology’ (opens in a new window), spheres: Journal for Digital Cultures, no. 3.

Rossiter, N 2017, ‘Paranoia is real: algorithmic governance and the shadow of control’, Media Theory (opens in a new window), vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 88-102.

Rossiter, N 2017, ‘FCJ-220 Imperial infrastructures and Asia beyond Asia: data centres, state formation and the territoriality of logistical media’ (opens in a new window), Fibreculture Journal, no. 29.

Rossiter, N 2016, Software, infrastructure, labor: a media theory of logistical nightmares (opens in a new window), Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

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