I’m a Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. I’m the President of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), a regular media commentator, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child.
My research interests include children’s data, privacy and rights in an online world; visual social media; the activity and regulation of big social media companies, especially in Australia; and the social, casual and mobile gaming landscape.
I have published in a range of journals including Social Media + Society, Information, Communication and Society, Popular Communication, Media International Australia, and First Monday. I am the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012); co-editor of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) with Mike Kent; and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) with Michele Willson; co-author of Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity, 2020) with Tim Highfield and Crystal Abidin; and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children (Routledge, 2021) with Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson and Leslie Haddon.
I’ve received teaching awards from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and in 2012 received a national Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts. I’m @tamaleaver on Twitter, and my web presence is www.tamaleaver.net.
My Blogs & Blog History
This website includes my main blog, which began in March 2007. From May 2003 until March 2007 I primarily blogged at Ponderance, the archives of which remain online as long a Google continue to support static blogs.