Dr Frances Shaw

Frances Shaw is a Research Officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. She has an interdisciplinary background across media and cultural studies, political theory, women’s and gender studies, and sociology. She has expertise in qualitative methods and social media analysis. Her most recent work has focused on the relationships between technology and health, digital health activism and advocacy, technology ethics, and digital healthcare.

Frances is working on a project investigating the impacts of increased telehealth availability in 2020 and the experiences of people using telehealth for hepatitis C treatment and care.

She has previously held appointments at the Black Dog Institute (digital ethics of eHealth and mHealth), University of New South Wales, and at the University of Edinburgh (experiences of digital support for emotional distress at Samaritans UK). Her doctoral research explored digital feminist activism in Australia with a focus on health and embodiment, including case studies on feminist motherhood, fat acceptance/body positivity, and feminists with disability.


PhD, University of New South Wales

GradDipInfMan, University of Technology, Sydney

BA (Hons), University of New South Wales

Research Interests

Ethics of digital technologies, digital activism, embodiment and health, health and subjectivity, Social Studies of Science and Technology