have you ever thought about,

why some identities are (not) represented within technology design more than others? or, how social media debates shape public imaginaries about the future? or what constitutes a sandwich?
I have.
It’s what I like to do—ask questions.
Sometimes these questions are trivial. But most of the time I intend for these questions to unpack something that maybe doesn’t get a lot of thought and by doing so, hopefully uncover a little more about why society is the way it is. If we don’t question the things we take for granted, will we inevitably fail to question the things that ought to be interrogated? See, can’t help myself.

My name is Aleesha. I am a community-focused educator, facilitator, organiser, and researcher.

As a researcher, I have expertise in the fields of digital media communication and Science and Technology Studies (STS) and am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, exploring future digital media technologies with and for children. 

I am also an Affiliated Investigator at the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which is where I completed my PhD.

My main areas of research interest include 1) exploring how people and technology, mutually and dynamically, shape each other at various scales, 2) examining public imaginaries about future (digital) technologies, and 3) thinking about playful approaches to (co)create and generate better digital futures.

You can read about my research in the International Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, and Media and Communication, as well as featured in The Conversation, TEDxQUT, and ABC Radio.