Associate Professor Liam Magee

Photo of Dr Liam MageeAssociate Professor Liam Magee is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

Liam is an Associate Investigator at the Western Sydney University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S).

Encompassing digital, media and urban studies, his research examines how digital technologies reshape conditions of knowledge, social relations and cultural form.

His books include Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research and Interwoven Cities. He has co-authored articles for Futures; Information, Communication & Society; Big Data & Society; Geoforum;  and First Monday.

His current research investigates how AI works across different scales of human subjectivity, social stratification and geopolitical organisation. He has contributed to studies of intersectional bias and cultural understandings of AI, and techniques for analysing AI via interviews, media analysis and code experiments. He is working on three ARC projects: Enabling Disability: Autonomous Technologies & CaLD persons with disability; The Geopolitics of Automation; and To Map and Enhance Australian Musical Improvisation as a Creative Industry.


  • 2010, PhD, Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • 1997, Bachelor of Arts (English and Philosophy), University of Melbourne, Melbourne 

Selected Publications

Magee, L & Sweeting, D (forthcoming), Evaluation Report: Kanpur & Siliguri Project [prepared for World Vision India].

Munn, L, Hristova, T, Magee, L, Bourdignon, D, Horan, T, Levin, T, Nathan, T & Park, L 2019, The new privacy: emerging standards for cloud-based security (opens in a new window), Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia.

Munn, L, Hristova, T & Magee, L 2019, 'Clouded data: privacy and the promise of encryption' (opens in a new window), Big Data & Society, DOI: 10.1177/2053951719848781.

Soldatic, K, Magee, L & Robertson, S 2019, 'Temporal negotiations of social inclusion: temporality, mobility, and encounter in disabled people’s lifeworlds: commentary on “Using the concept of encounter” (Bigby & Wiesel, 2018)' (opens in a new window), Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2019.1580150.

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.

Swist, T, Magee, L, Phuong, J & Sweeting, D 2017, ‘The labour of communicating publics: participatory platforms, socio-technical intermediaries and pluralistic expertise’, Communication and the Public, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 210–225.

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.

Stevenson, D & Magee, L 2017, 'Art and space: creative infrastructure and cultural capital in Sydney, Australia' (opens in a new window), Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 839-861.

Ladds, M, Keating, A, Handmer, J & Magee, L 2017, 'How much do disasters cost? A comparison of disaster cost estimates in Australia' (opens in a new window), International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 21, pp. 419-429.

Hickmott, S, Magee, L, Padgham, L & Thom, J (forthcoming), 'An agent-oriented approach to holistic sustainability reporting', International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering.

Access All Publications



Sign up to our mailing list