Brady is part of a range of research projects, detailed below.

Identifying and Understanding Men’s Risky Drinking Subcultures and Settings

Partners: Assoc. Prof. Steven Roberts (Lead CI), Prof. Jo Lindsay, Assoc. Prof. Kerry O’Brien, Dr Michael Savic, Prof. Dan Lubman, Brittany Ralph
Funding: $140,000 – VicHealth

This study examines normative social
practices and beliefs around drinking that underpin men’s drinking cultures in Victoria, Australia. We will undertake focus groups and one-on-one interviews with male-identifying alcohol drinkers and conduct ethnographic observations of drinking cultures in Victoria. We are especially interested in the relationship between drinking cultures and a) work settings, and b) leisure activities, like sport. The project is funded by VicHealth and data collection will take place in 2018.

Facebook Timelines

research-facebookPartners: Dr Sian Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University)
Funding: $12,872 – University of Tasmania

This project focuses on the sustained use of digital social media, specifically Facebook, exploring changes in disclosure practices over time. Lincoln and Robards have sought to better understand the role of social media in mediating and archiving ‘growing up’ narratives, where key rites of passage are mediated and recorded by default over time. The digital traces that are generated through the sustained use of sites like Facebook come to serve as longitudinal records of people’s lives, and we are interested in how users – especially young people who have been using digital social media throughout their lives – make sense of these traces. The research method involves in-depth interviews with participants (20-29 years old) and ‘scrolling back’ through their social media histories (5+ years).

Key outputs:

Sensing Tourist Travel in Tasmania

Partners: Dr Anne Hardy, Prof Richard Eccleston, Dr Tommy Wong, Dr Jaganath Aryal, Dr Dugald Tinch, Dr Kate Booth, Ms Sarah Hyslop, Mr Benjamin Lyall (all UTas)
Funding: $499,534 – Australian Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development via ‘Sense T’

This project seeks to track, through GPS devices, the movement of several hundred groups of tourists over several months in Tasmania, while also understanding how they use social media during travel. Brady’s role in the project, as the social media researcher on a team of seven investigators (including tourism researchers, economists, geographers, and sociologists), was to study the social media use of these tourists, analysing how they sense, record, and reflect on their own experiences of travel in digital social spaces. A smaller sample of the larger cohort was recruited to interview by phone, both during their trip and when they returned home, to understand how experiences of travel are mediated online (images, geo-location data, text), and shared with a network, then reflected upon in the future.

Key outputs:

  • Hardy, A., Hyslop, S., Booth, K., Robards, B., Aryal, J., Gretzel, U. & Eccleston, R. (2017, online first) ‘Tracking tourists’ travel with smartphone-based GPS technology: a methodological discussion’, Information Technology & Toursim: 

The Scrolling Beyond Binaries Study

research-scrollingPartners: Brendan Churchill (UTas); Ben Hanckel (UTS); Son Vivienne (Flinders); Paul Byron (UNSW)
Funding: $30,000

This project seeks to better understand the ways in which young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+) people in Australia use social media in their everyday lives. The study considers social media use for communication, creating new relationships, maintaining existing ones, and seeking out information (on sexual identity, sexual health, local community, and a wider sense of belonging). The project also explores the forms of digital social media young LGBTIQ+ people are engaging with, and how these engagements may (or may not) help foster a sense of belonging that can mitigate against experiences of homophobia, transphobia, isolation, and exclusion.

Key outputs:

  • Robards, B., Byron, P., Churchill, B., Hanckel, B., Vivienne, S. (forthcoming) ‘Learning and Connecting on Tumblr for LGBTIQ+ Young People’ in A McCracken, A Cho & L Stein (eds), A Tumblr Book, The University of Iowa Press.
  • Robards, B., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B., & Byron, P. (forthcoming) ‘Twenty years of “cyberqueer”: The enduring significance of the internet for young LGBTIQ+ people’, in R Cover, P Aggleton, M L Rasmussen & D Marshall (eds), Youth and Sexual Citizenship, Routledge.