Ash Watson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Ash Watson is a Postdoctoral Fellow and cultural/digital sociologist with the Vitalities Lab, Social Policy Research Centre and Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. She works with Professor Deborah Lupton (UNSW) and Professor Mike Michael (Exeter) on the ARC Discovery Project 'Living with Personal Data: Australians’ Understandings and Practices'. Her research uses ethnographic and arts-based methods to explore technological developments, DIY community practices and storytelling. Her work has appeared in Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Research, the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, and Sociological Research Online. 

Her debut novel Into the Sea, a work of sociological fiction, was published in 2020 with Brill. In 2017 Ash was a doctoral Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the creator of the public sociology project So Fi Zine, an open access publication for arts and social science cross disciplinary inquiry, and the invited inaugural Fiction Editor of the The Sociological Review's short story series.

Conference Papers
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Robards B; Watson A; Kirby E; Churchill B; LaRochelle L, 2020, 'Queering the Map: Physical traces and digital places of queer lives', Dublin/Online, presented at Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference "Life", Dublin/Online, 26 October 2020 - 31 October 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2020i0.11319
2020
Creative Written Works
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Watson A, 2020, Into the Sea, Brill, https://brill.com/view/title/57983
2020
Watson A, 2020, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://sofizine.com/
2020
Watson A, 2020, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, https://sofizine.com/latest-edition/edition-8/
2020
Watson A, 2019, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2019
Watson A, 2019, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2019
Watson A, 2018, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2018
Watson A, 2018, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2018
Watson A, 2017, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2017
Watson A, 2017, So Fi Zine, Watson A, (ed.), Frances St Press, http://www.sofizine.com/
2017
Journal articles
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Watson A, 2021, 'Writing sociological fiction', Qualitative Research, pp. 146879412098567 - 146879412098567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794120985677
2021
Kirby E; Watson A; Churchill B; Robards B; LaRochelle L, 2021, 'Queering the Map: Stories of love, loss and (be)longing within a digital cartographic archive', Media, Culture & Society, pp. 016344372098600 - 016344372098600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443720986005
2021
Baker S; Buttigieg B; Cantillon Z; Pavlidis A; Rodriguez Castro L; Watson A, 2020, 'Getting students to ‘do’ introductory sociology: Analysis of a blended and flipped interactive workshop model', Journal of Sociology, pp. 144078332093418 - 144078332093418, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783320934180
2020
Lupton D; Watson A, 2020, 'Towards more-than-human digital data studies: developing research-creation methods', Qualitative Research, pp. 146879412093923 - 146879412093923, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794120939235
2020
Watson A; Bennett A, 2020, 'The felt value of reading zines', American Journal of Cultural Sociology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00108-9
2020
Watson A; Lupton D; Michael M, 2020, 'Enacting intimacy and sociality at a distance in the COVID-19 crisis: the sociomaterialities of home-based communication technologies', Media International Australia, pp. 1329878X2096156 - 1329878X2096156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878x20961568
2020
Watson A; Lupton D, 2020, 'Tactics, affects and agencies in digital privacy narratives: a story completion study', Online Information Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/oir-05-2020-0174
2020
Byron P; McKee A; Watson A; Litsou K; Ingham R, 2020, 'Reading for Realness: Porn Literacies, Digital Media, and Young People', Sexuality and Culture, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09794-6
2020
Watson A, 2020, 'Methods Braiding: A Technique for Arts-Based and Mixed-Methods Research', Sociological Research Online, vol. 25, pp. 66 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1360780419849437
2020
Watson A, 2016, 'Directions for Public Sociology: Novel Writing as a Creative Approach', Cultural Sociology, vol. 10, pp. 431 - 447,
2016
Watson A, 2016, 'Directions for Public Sociology: Novel Writing as a Creative Approach', Cultural Sociology, vol. 10, pp. 431 - 447, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1749975516639081
2016
Watson A, 'Methods Braiding: A Technique for Arts-Based and Mixed-Methods Research', Sociological Research Online, pp. 136078041984943 - 136078041984943,

Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2017

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2014-2018

Lupton D; Watson A; Southerton C; Clark M, 2020, From scary pumpkins to bridal bling, how masks are becoming a normal part of our lives in Australia, https://theconversation.com/from-scary-pumpkins-to-bridal-bling-how-masks-are-becoming-a-normal-part-of-our-lives-in-australia-148718
2020