DeathTech is an interdisciplinary team of scholars in working in anthropology, human computer interaction, media and communication, and science and technology studies.

The team is listed in order of proximity to the average mortality rate.

Michael Arnold

Professor, History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Melbourne

Michael Arnold’s on-going research activities lie at the intersection of contemporary technologies and daily life; for example, studies of digital technologies in the domestic context, online memorials and other technologies associated with death, social networking, community informatics, and ethical and normative assessments of technologies.


Tamara Kohn

Professor of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Tamara Kohn’s current research focuses on creative practice, death studies, mobility and leisure, methods and ethics,  and the anthropology of the body and senses, based on fieldwork in the US, Japan and Australia.


Martin Gibbs

Associate Professor, Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne

Martin Gibbs is a member of the Interaction Design Lab. Martin is currently investigating how people use a variety of interactive technologies for convivial and sociable purposes in a variety of situations.


Elizabeth Hallam

Associate Professor in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, Oxford University

My research and publications focus on the anthropology of the body; death and dying; material and visual cultures; human anatomy; three-dimensional models, especially in medical education; making and design; mixed-media sculpture; history and anthropology; experimental research with images and texts; fieldwork, archive and museum-based research mainly in the UK, along with recent multi-sited research begun in Australia, Singapore, and the USA.


Bjørn Nansen

Senior Lecturer, Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne

Bjørn’s research focuses on emerging and marginal forms of digital media use in everyday life, using a mix of ethnographic, participatory and digital methods. His current work explores changing home media infrastructures and environments, children’s mobile media and digital play practices, technologies for death and memorialising, and the digital mediation of sleep.


Hannah Gould

ARC Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Hannah Gould is a socio-cultural anthropologist working in the areas of death, religion, and material culture. Her research is focused on how the deceased are memorialised and materialised in everyday life, with a regional focus on North-East Asia.


Fraser Allison

ARC Research Fellow, Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne

Fraser Allison is a research fellow in the Interaction Design Lab at The University of Melbourne. He is primarily a human-computer interaction researcher, with a focus on natural user interfaces, complex user experiences and the ways in which people draw meaning from technologically mediated leisure activities.


Samuel Holleran

PhD Student, Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne

Holleran’s PhD examines public participation in the reimagination of urban burial sites. He is also an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work examines the power and politics imbued in urban design. He has worked as an art director, researcher, and educator in the field of civically-engaged design with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) in New York City and the Chair for Architecture & Urban Design at ETH-Zürich.

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