Ash Watson is sociologist of technology, fiction and DIY community practices based at the UNSW Sydney node of ADM+S. A Postdoctoral Fellow aligned with the Health focus area and People program of the Centre, she researches the social impacts of how automated decision-making and A.I. are imagined, designed and implemented across contexts of health and wellbeing. She also researches the digital-material spectrum of zine
cultures, and queer digital archival practices.

Previously Ash worked with Prof Deborah Lupton and Prof Mike Michael on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Living with Personal Data’, based at the Vitalities Lab at UNSW. Using video ethnography and creative methods, this project examined a diverse range of Australians’ understandings, feelings and practices related to their digital devices and
personal data.

During her doctoral program Ash was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD was awarded in 2018.

Ash is Fiction Editor of The Sociological Review, author of the novel Into the Sea (2020), and creator/editor of the open access creative publication So Fi Zine (

For more information, visit Ash’s website or follow her on Twitter @awtsn.