Getting to know... Robbie Fordyce

Name: Robbie Fordyce

Title: Lecturer - Communications and Media Studies (Big Data/Quantitative Analytics and Research Methods)

Faculty/Division: Arts/ Media Film & Journalism

Dept: Communications and Media Studies

Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash?

8 weeks.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

The Networked Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

What do you like best about your role?

Colleagues!

Why did you choose your current career path?

Strongly motivated by an interest in the complex scales that social and technical systems produce and the difficulty that we have in understanding these systems when we’re a part of them.

First job?

Newspaper delivery.

Worst job?

Abandoned carcass removal as a farm hand at a tourist farm in West Canterbury, New Zealand for three months. Not the most edifying work.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?

Investigating how mobile media can improve or hinder social work with young at-risk parents. We’ve interviewed a bunch of social workers about what apps and services they pass on to clients, and what stuff gets in the way. No surprise that Centrelink is a real problem for everyone involved.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Bealey Spur in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Wonderfully quiet and isolated place with an incredible view of the Milky Way at night.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

My parents’ cooking – it just tastes better!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

If you’re not doing okay, make time for yourself; if you see others who aren’t doing okay, make time for them.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I make my own gnocchi and tagliatelle.