Dr. Martin Gibbs, BE(Elec) MSc(Soc) PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne

Contact Details

Location: Room 9.28, Doug Mcdonell Building, The Univesity of Melbourne (map)
E-mail: martin.gibbs@unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 8344 1394 | Fax: +61 3 9349 4596
Mail: Department of Computing and Information Systems | The University of Melbourne
Doug Mcdonell Building | Parkville, VIC 3010 | Australia


I am a member of the Interaction Design Lab.

In collaboration with colleagues at The University of Melbourne, I am currently investigating how people use a variety of interactive technologies (video games, community networks, mobile phones, etc.) for convivial and sociable purposes in a variety of situations (intimate strong-tie relationships, local neighborhoods, work-based occupational communities, online computer games).

I am working on two major projects at the moment.

With Michael Arnold, Bjorn Nansen and Rowan Wilkens I am examining the domestic appropriation of the NBN and how high-speed broadband is influencing the information ecologies of the home. This work is suppported by the Institute for Broadband Enabled Society and an AUstralian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant (2013-2015).

I am also working on the project, Death, Grieving and Memorialization in a Broadband Enabled Society in collaboration Michael Arnold and Tamara Kohn. This project was supported with a seeding grant from the Institute for Broadband Enabled Society. It is currently being supported by the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN).

For other projects see my Research page.


My teaching is currently focused on professional development for information systems students as well as the social, legal and ethical issues and dilemmas surrounding information and communication technologies in contemporary society. I am also involved in teaching research methods and e-Science.


I am interested in supervising PhD research in any of the areas outlined on my Research page. I am particularly interested in supervising PhD research on the social dynamics of virtual worlds. See my Supervisions page for some specific projects.