In what will hopefully be the last post about my PhD, the full, corrected version of my thesis is now available through QUT’s ePrints service: The final document is an 11mb PDF file, 405 pages long, and the result of three and a half years’ work, under the supervision of Axel Bruns and Jason Sternberg. If you cannot access the QUT-hosted version and would like to read through sections, please contact me via email (details here).

In other news, I’m busy working on several research projects and articles, some of which are directly related to what I covered in my thesis and others which head into new subjects and methods – more details on these to follow!


A few things happened while I was completing the PhD, which I probably should have mentioned at the time but then forgot about. A few months ago, I received a copy of Volume 29, Issue 3 of Social Science Computer Review in the mail, the edition containing the papers from two panels I was a part of at the 2010 ICA conference in Singapore.

I was involved in two papers, one with Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Lars Kirchhoff, and Thomas Nicolai which helped to establish some of the aims and context for the Mapping Online Publics project at QUT, and one with Lars and Thomas drawing directly on my PhD. That paper, ‘Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online’ drew on early research into one of my case studies in asking methodological questions about how to study online communication, and helped the development of the idea of topical network analysis that I used in my thesis. The abstracts for these papers were initially sent in over two years ago now, so they’ve been around for a while (written and presented in June 2010, online last year), but I’m mentioning the availability of the final version for purely personal reasons: it’s the first time my research has made it into print!



16/03/2008 – (18/07/2011) – 17/11/2011

Thesis Inside
Spine Inside


Corrections made, thesis printed and bound, all paperwork signed off – the PhD is now complete. I’m off to Brisbane in a few weeks for graduation, and then my time as a student really will be all over.

The thesis will soon be available through QUT’s eprints website. Once it’s uploaded, I’ll add the link here – if you’re interested in looking at it before then, send me an email and I’ll see what I can do!


On 14 July 2011 – just over three weeks ago – three printed copies of my PhD thesis were received by the QUT Research Students Centre, and from there were sent out to examiners. After 1221 days, my PhD journey is, for now, at an end, and many thanks are due to everyone who has helped over the last three and a bit years. The thesis work will restart in a few months’ time, when the examiners’ reports come back and there are changes to be made, but I’ve been enjoying not thinking about the Great Work for a little while. The first half of this year in particular has been a blur, a flurry of writing and editing, and having been sitting at a computer in the UWA Reid Library for a lot of this time, going offline and not doing much at all has made for a welcome, and much-needed, break.

That said, the ‘holiday’ has to end at some point, with some new discussions to come from next week onwards. However, before covering new topics, it would be a little amiss not to note that the thesis was completed and lodged for examination. Even if QUT doesn’t give out mugs…


Original post lost in site crash of May 2011.

Presented at QUT, 10 March 2011:

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