Jessamy Perriam

Senior Lecturer

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Digital Sociologist. Experimental. Aspiring Soprano#

Jessamy Perriam is a Senior Lecturer in the ANU School of Cybernetics. She is a digital sociologist with particular interest in public sector digital transformation, failure, and digital methods.

Her PhD focused on how people demonstrate mundane disruption and failure using digital and social media, with a focus on how responsibility and accountability is enacted in those moments (Goldsmiths, University of London, 2018).

Prior to becoming an academic, Jessamy was a radio and online producer at the ABC and enjoyed telling stories of everyday Australians in Central West NSW and Perth. However, a growing curiosity around technology and society drew her to the UK to join the second cohort of the MA/MSc Digital Sociology program at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Since then, her career has taken a non-traditional path, with applied research roles in and alongside the UK government’s digital transformation efforts, writing and producing online and distance education materials for The Open University, and moving to Denmark and turning a weekly lecture session into a talk radio show during and after the pandemic. It’s been every bit as fun as it sounds.

Jessamy is part of teaching team on the Master program in Applied Cybernetics and hopes to bring sociological, feminist and science and technology studies (STS) approaches to the program, with a strong appreciation for and attention to the mundane in any complex system.

Jessamy also holds a part-time Associate Professor role at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Outside of work, Jessamy enjoys the challenge of singing choral evensong, cooking vegetarian meals and awkwardly punching the air in BodyCombat class.

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