Smith, Naomi Dr

Position: Program Leader, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 1E 232
Phone: 5122 6589


Doctor of Philosophy – The University of Queensland - 2015

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – The University of Queensland - 2009



  • Bachelor of Arts

Study Areas

  • Knowledge, Ideas and People


Naomi is a sociologist working in the School of Arts. Naomi joined Federation University Australia in 2015. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland in 2015.

Areas of expertise

Naomi is a digital sociologist working across a variety of areas. Her research focuses on how web-based technologies are part of our social world.  Her current research projects examine intersection of health and wellness practices and new technologies, including social media. She has also published on the ways in which online communities mediate our experience of the body. She is also interested in the ways in which physical spaces are co-produced with digital technologies. Naomi’s research interests can be slotted into three categories:

(1) Space, place and governance

(2) Social media and embodied practices

(3) Science and technology studies

Naomi is available for research supervision in these areas.

Research interests

  • Urban sociology
  • Digital sociology
  • Embodiment and social media
  • Social theory


Present doctoral students.

Linda Morella – “Why do men kill their children in the context of separation?” - Associated Supervisor

Margarita Dimakysan- "Rethinking terrorism: youth radicalisation in an Australian context" - Associate Supervisor

Fran Galluci – “Emergent Technology in Drug Crimes” – Associate Supervisor


Referred journal articles

Snider, A.M. and Smith, N. ( in press 2020) ‘"Recovery from depression: Re-envisioning the connection between recovery and spirituality" Mental Health and Social Inclusion

Smith, N. and Snider, A.M. (2018) ‘ASMR, affect and digitally-mediated intimacy’, Emotion, Space and Society, Online First.

Smith, N. and Holtum. P.J. (2018) ‘New Subjectivities of Work?: Technology, Capitalism and the Future of Work’ Arena Journal, vol. 51/52 (unranked)

Smith, N. and Walters, P. (2017) ‘Desire Lines and Defensive Architecture in Modern Urban Environments’ Urban Studies, Online First.

Lyons, K. and Smith, N. (2017) Governing  with Ignorance: Understanding Australiana’s Food Regulator’s Response to Nano Food Industries’ NanoEthics, Online First.

Smith N. and Graham, T. (2017) ‘Mapping the anti-vaccination movement on Facebook’ Information, Communication and Society, Online First.

Smith, N., Wickes, R. and Underwood, M. (2015) “Managing a marginalised identity in pro-anorexia and fat acceptance cybercommunities”,  Journal of Sociology, 51(4): 950-967.

Book Chapters

Smith, N. (2020) Social media, community and rural crime prevention, in ed. A. Harkness, Rural Crime Prevention: Theory, Tactics and Techniques, Routledge.

Smith, N. and Snider, A. M. (2020) The Headphone, in ed. H. Schulze, The Bloomsbury Handbook of The Anthropology of Sound, London: Bloomsbury.

Yell, S. and Smith, N. (2020) The dynamics of place-based virtual communities: Social media in a region in transition, in eds. M. Duffy, B. Edmonson and A. Campbell, Located research: methodologies and approaches to regional research, Palgrave MacMillan

Selected Conference Papers

Smith, N. (2019) ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF ASMR: SOUND, PLEASURE AND MEDIATION’, The 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Brisbane, Australia, 2-5 October

Smith, N. (2018) ‘Social Media, Politics and The “Accident” of Speed’, 4s, Sydney, 28 August – 1 September,

Smith, N., Duffy M. and Walters, P. (2018) ‘”Instagrammable”: Exploring the social ecology of tourist places’, 7th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, Bergamo (Italy), June 6-9.

Smith, N., Walters P. and Duffy, M. (2017) ‘Visual Mobilities, social media and place-making’, Australian Mobilities Launch Symposium, Melbourne, 7-8 December.

Smith, N. (2017) ‘ Visibility, space and protest: Black Lives Matter and Facebook Live’, The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Perth, 27 November – 1 December

Graham, T., Smith, N. and Ackland, R. (2016) “Analysing the anti-vaccination movement on Facebook: ‘big data’ methods at the intersection of natural language processing and social network analysis’, ASCPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, 19 July, Sydney

Other publications

Smith, N. and Wagstaff, D. (1 November 2019), ‘Why shaming mums won’t solve modern parenting problems’, Available at:

Walters, P. and Smith, N. (2 August, 2019) ‘How Hong Kong protesters have been winning the battle for public space’, The Conversation, Available at:

Lyons, K. and Smith, N. (29 July 2017) ‘‘Nano Foods’: There’s No Proof Some Of The Tiny Things You’re Eating Are Safe’, New Matilda.

Lyons, K. and Smith, N. (September 2017) ‘Nanomaterials in our food’, ABC Organic Gardener Magazine.


  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • Urban Sociology Thematic Group
  • Cultural Sociology Thematic Group
  • The Society Social Studies of Science
  • Association of Internet Researchers