Welcome to Sociodigital Research
Our vision is to give New Zealand citizens and particularly children a voice in shaping the digital society they now live in. We do this by undertaking qualitative and mixed methods research, and providing insights to academic and public audiences. In addition, we generate publications, and educational material to raise public awareness of the issues, and also provide consultancy services to public and private organizations interested in issues of data privacy and digital inclusion.
Dr Caroline Keen
Dr Caroline Keen founded Sociodigital Research in 2019 to provide a centre for social research addressing key issues arising from rapid digitalisation of work and social life. The organisation is dedicated to addressing the social, political, and economic implications of emerging digital technologies, traversing big issues such as social bias, agency, inequality, digital exclusion, and data privacy, with a particular focus on women, families, and children.
As a critical thinker Dr Keen’s work often questions the status quo. She has researched and written about issues at the intersection of technology and society for over 15 years addressing topics such as, regulating pernicious content online; contested constructions of childhood; children's digital rights and data privacy; social determinants of digital inclusion, Wearable Technologies in organisations; and the role of AI in the digital exclusion of mature-aged women in the labour market. Her recent work is published in leading sociology and business academic journals, such as New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and Organisation.
Dr Keen seeks to encourage public debate and is passionate about increasing public awareness of the social issues emerging from new digital technologies. She is an advocate for improved regulation and policy to support children’s rights and participation in the digital society.
Dr Keen is available for consultancy work if your company or organisation requires some help with these issues.
If you or your organisation are in a position to fund research we would be keen to hear from you.
Professor Alan France
Professor Alan France has had a distinguished career in the UK and New Zealand, only just retiring from his role as Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Te Pokapū Pūtaiao Pāpori at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He held a number of distinguished roles such as Head of Department, and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Auckland. Alan has an enviable publishing record specialising in youth cultures and policy and has published extensively on youth and child related issues for over 25 years authoring over fifty peer reviewed publications including six books.
Professor France has co-authored three peer reviewed articles with Dr Keen now published in high-ranking journals such as New Media & Society, and Media, Culture and Society. Alan acts as an advisor on research projects at Sociodigital Research and continues to co-author academic work with Dr Keen.
Professor Janet Sayers
Janet Sayers holds the position of Professor at the School of Management, Massey University where she has held the roles of Acting Associate Head of School, and Director of Research. She is a widely recognised and respected critical theorist writing in the fields of post-humanism and post-feminism and her work has been influential in shaping contemporary debates around the future of humanity and gender relations.
Professor Sayers has an extensive publication record authoring over fifty articles across a diverse range of business and social science journals including the highly ranked journals, Gender, Work and Organization; Organisation; Academy of Management Learning and Education; and New Technology, Work and Employment.
Professor Janet Sayers and Dr Caroline Keen have worked on numerous research projects together since the early 2000s exploring technology and its impact on home-based business, SMEs, and larger organisations. Currently, Caroline and Janet are working on projects exploring the use and social impacts of emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, and Wearable Technologies within large organisations, and within the recruitment industry.
Professor Sayers is an avid supporter of Dr Keen’s work, and acts as an academic advisor on projects at Sociodigital Research.