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Ariadne Vromen

Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration, ANZSOG Deputy Dean (Research)

ANZSOG/Crawford School, Australian National University, Canberra

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Canberra, Australia

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Areas of Expertise

Citizen engagement and advocacy organisations
Gender and the future of work
Digital politics and governance
Young people and politics


Professor Ariadne Vromen is the Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration in ANU’s Crawford School, a position that is co-funded by the ANU and ANZSOG School of Government. She is also ANZSOG’s Deputy Dean (Research), a key member of the ANZSOG Research Committee and a member of the Crawford School of Public Policy’s Policy and Governance Department.

She was appointed in mid 2020 and will focus on research leadership to foster excellence in impactful and applied research, while continuing her existing research program in governance, public administration, and political sociology.

Professor Vromen was formerly Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sydney. She served as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Associate Dean Research and as part of the university’s executive as a member of its Research Committee, External Engagement Committee, and Research Development Committee. She was on the ARC College of Experts (2017-2020).

After nomination by colleagues, she won the 2018 Australian Political Science Association’s Academic Leadership in Political Science award; the 2017 University of Sydney Vice-

Chancellor’s Award for Leadership and Mentoring; and the 2017 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Association Supervisor of the Year Award.

Her research interests include: citizen engagement, digital politics and governance, women and the future of work, policy advocacy, and young people and politics. In mid-2020 she started a collaborative ARC Linkage project ‘Designing Gender Equality into the Future of Work’ that will contrast change and technological disruption in the retail and legal industries. She is currently working with long-term collaborators on two books: one on online petitions, citizen engagement and politics; the other on storytelling and policy advocacy. She has previously co-authored several texts on Australian politics, including Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics.


Ariadne Vromen (2017) Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement: the challenge from online campaigning and advocacy organisations, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Brian Loader, Ariadne Vromen and Michael Xenos (eds) (2014) The Networked Young Citizen: social media, political participation and civic engagement, Routledge, London.
Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook (eds) (2012) Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Issues and Debates, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Ariadne Vromen, Katharine Gelber and Anika Gauja (2009) Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics, 2nd edition, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook (2006) Keywords in Australian Politics, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

Research reports

Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Elizabeth Hill, Elspeth Probyn & Ariadne Vromen (2018) Women and the Future of Work Report, University of Sydney.
Gerard Goggin, Ariadne Vromen, Kimberlee Weatherall, Fiona Martin, Adele Webb, Lucy Sunman and Francesco Bailo (2017) Digital Rights in Australia, University of Sydney.
Johanna Bell, Ariadne Vromen and Philippa Collin (2008) Rewriting the rules for youth participation – Inclusion and diversity in government and community decision-making, National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, DEEWR, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Recent articles

Joshua Healy, Andreas Pekarek, & Ariadne Vromen (2020) ‘Sceptics or supporters: Consumers’ views of work in the gig economy’ New Technology, Work and Employment, 35(1).
Filippo Trevisan, Bryan Bello, Michael Vaughan & Ariadne Vromen (2020) ‘Mobilizing personal narratives: The rise of digital “story banking” in U.S. grassroots advocacy’, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 17(2), pp. 146-160.
Elizabeth Hill, Marian Baird, Ariadne Vromen, Rae Cooper, Zoe Meers, and Elspeth Probyn (2019) ‘Young women and men: Imagined futures of work and family formation in Australia’ Journal of Sociology, 55(4), pp. 778-798.
Gerard Goggin, Ariadne Vromen, Kimberlee Weatherall, Fiona Martin, and Lucy Sunman (2019). ‘Data and digital rights: recent Australian developments’ Internet Policy Review, 8(1).
Darren Halpin, Ariadne Vromen, Michael Vaughan and Mahin Raissi (2018) ‘Online Petitioning and Politics: The Development of Change.org in Australia’, Australian Journal of Political Science 53(4), pp. 428-445.
Michael Vaughan, Ariadne Vromen and Fiona Martin (2018) ‘Engagement and interaction with online news: a case study of housing affordability discussions on Facebook’ Media International Australia 168(1), pp.31-47.
Andrea Carson and Ariadne Vromen (2018) ‘Introduction: international approaches to online political participation and connective action’ Australian Journal of Political Science 53(1), pp. 73-7.
Francesco Bailo and Ariadne Vromen (2017) ‘Hybrid social and news media protest events: from #MarchinMarch to #BusttheBudget in Australia’ Information, Communication & Society, 20(11), pp. 1660-1679.

Recent chapters in books

Ariadne Vromen, Michael Vaughan and Darren Halpin (in press) ‘Political Organisations and participation’ in Jenny Lewis et al (eds) Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics, OUP.
Ariadne Vromen (2018) ‘GetUp in election 2016’ in Anika Gauja et al (eds) Double Dissolution: the 2016 Australian federal election ANU Press, Canberra.
Ariadne Vromen, Michael Xenos and Brian Loader (2018) ‘The Networked Young Citizen as POPC (permanently online, permanently connected) Citizen’ Dorothee Hefner et al (eds) Permanently online, permanently connected Citizen Routledge, London.
Ariadne Vromen (2017) ‘Qualitative methods’ David Marsh, Gerry Stoker and Vivien Lowndes (eds) Theory and Methods in Political Science, 4th edition. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 237-53.