Jenny Ostini - Inaugural Champion


Jenny Ostini




Researcher - Australian Digital Futures Institute, the University of Southern Queensland




Jenny‘s research focuses on how technology influences people’s everyday lives and ways in which individual and community wellbeing can be increased through new ways of doing things.

She works on bringing critical understandings of technology to projects as diverse as:

  • climate change and agricultural practices

  • technology misuse in relationships and digital literacies particularly for disadvantaged and disengaged learners.

  • Digital literacies in schools and higher education.

Asking questions about the ways people use technology in their everyday lives and potential issues with this makes a crucial contribution to improving lives through:

  • better farming outcomes

  • increased personal safety and security

  • community understanding of domestic violence

  • better access to educational opportunities.

Her work on violence in technology starts with the premise that we all have online presences and that everyone is entitled to participate safely online. It especially looks at ways this can be achieved for teenage girls and people at risk of violent intimate relationships.

Jenny is interested in how:

  • people use technology in their everyday lives and how we get and share knowledge in a digital world

  • technology can be used to engage people in lifelong learning that will improve their own, and others' well-being

  • digital technology affects the ways we live and the choices we make – often linking the gap between social science and the humanities.

Jenny is currently developing relationships with the following groups to plan and conduct research and develop educational interventions for technology-based domestic violence in the West Moreton region:

  • local councils

  • police liaison officers

  • refugee settlement groups

  • community groups.

She is also developing speaking opportunities including:

  • the Ipswich Pamper for a Purpose event in October 2015 talking about the role of technology in domestic violence

  • an invitation to speak at a GOMA Talks Queensland event ‘What shapes us: Policy and public discourse.’

Jenny has recently written about her research in a variety of online publications such as The Conversation and Brisbane Times. She also participates in a range of online activities including Twitter and blogging.

Past Activities:

  • 8 September 2016 - Facilitator for Panel Discussion: Innovative industry responses to financial hardship, QCOSS State Conference
  • February to July 2016 - Healthy Relationships working group with TAFE Toowoomba and YWCA Queensland
  • February 2016 - Appearance at the Senate Inquiry into revenge porn
  • 9 February 2016 - Presenter at the Advance Queensland Regional Forum, Toowoomba




Jenny Ostini




Researcher - Australian Digital Futures Institute, the University of Southern Queensland




Jenny‘s research focuses on how technology influences people’s everyday lives and ways in which individual and community wellbeing can be increased through new ways of doing things.

She works on bringing critical understandings of technology to projects as diverse as:

  • climate change and agricultural practices

  • technology misuse in relationships and digital literacies particularly for disadvantaged and disengaged learners.

  • Digital literacies in schools and higher education.

Asking questions about the ways people use technology in their everyday lives and potential issues with this makes a crucial contribution to improving lives through:

  • better farming outcomes

  • increased personal safety and security

  • community understanding of domestic violence

  • better access to educational opportunities.

Her work on violence in technology starts with the premise that we all have online presences and that everyone is entitled to participate safely online. It especially looks at ways this can be achieved for teenage girls and people at risk of violent intimate relationships.

Jenny is interested in how:

  • people use technology in their everyday lives and how we get and share knowledge in a digital world

  • technology can be used to engage people in lifelong learning that will improve their own, and others' well-being

  • digital technology affects the ways we live and the choices we make – often linking the gap between social science and the humanities.

Jenny is currently developing relationships with the following groups to plan and conduct research and develop educational interventions for technology-based domestic violence in the West Moreton region:

  • local councils

  • police liaison officers

  • refugee settlement groups

  • community groups.

She is also developing speaking opportunities including:

  • the Ipswich Pamper for a Purpose event in October 2015 talking about the role of technology in domestic violence

  • an invitation to speak at a GOMA Talks Queensland event ‘What shapes us: Policy and public discourse.’

Jenny has recently written about her research in a variety of online publications such as The Conversation and Brisbane Times. She also participates in a range of online activities including Twitter and blogging.

Past Activities:

  • 8 September 2016 - Facilitator for Panel Discussion: Innovative industry responses to financial hardship, QCOSS State Conference
  • February to July 2016 - Healthy Relationships working group with TAFE Toowoomba and YWCA Queensland
  • February 2016 - Appearance at the Senate Inquiry into revenge porn
  • 9 February 2016 - Presenter at the Advance Queensland Regional Forum, Toowoomba



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