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Air Technologies in Times of Crisis

Primary supervisor

Sarah Pink

Research area

Emerging Technologies

This project will examine how experiences and needs relating to air and the technologies used to manage it (sensors; predictive data analytics; air purification; filters; masks; heaters; coolers) are shifting in relation to the Australian Climate (Bushfire) and Health (COVID-19) crises. 

The successful candidate will develop research around questions such as: ethnographies of air and air technologies in everyday life and/or of air technology design practice; ethnographic studies of how new markets for air technologies emerge; speculative air and air technology futures; the role of automation (artificial intelligence (AI), automated decision-making (ADM)); in new and far future air management and technologies; accessibility, equality and equity in relation to air and air technologies.

This project is based in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab: an interdisciplinary and internationally embedded research lab which conducts research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. The candidate will benefit from participating in ETLab's PhD programme, our local community of world leading researchers and our international network. See


Required knowledge

Applicants should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the social sciences or humanities (eg with training in anthropology, sociology, human geography or STS) or design. They should have experience of ethnographic research and an interest in innovative and futures focused approaches. 

Learn more about minimum entry requirements.