Barbara Adkins

Associate Professor in Sociology
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology, Australia


Barbara Adkins is Associate Professor in Sociology in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research interests include social theory and the philosophy of inquiry with recent focus on the notion of “participation” and its relationship to digital technologies at the level of the micro-processes of everyday use of digital tools, and the broader dynamics of social fields. Papers in this area have been published in journals such as Australian Journal of Communication, Information, Communication and Society, and Qualitative Sociology Review. Her current research focus includes the use of generative arts tools in facilitating participation in the field of culture, and the role of digital technologies with respect to the interests of the subjects of national public apologies such as the recent apology to the “Forgotten Australians.”