School of Arts

Dr Naomi Smith

Position: Program Leader, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 1e232
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 is currently the program leader for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Prior to this Naomi was a PhD student and sessional academic staff member as the University of Queensland.

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

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

Jacqueline Lewis “Examining Minor Fraud in Australia” - Associate Supervisor

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


Referred journal articles

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.

Other publications

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