Dr Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano
The project will examine the social ecology of new media use in slum communities and explore the intersections of socio-cultural space, technology, and youth cultures.
Partnering Australian Institution: RMIT University
Project Title: Inclusion, media and community engagement: Exploring access of marginal communities
The project will examine the social ecology of new media use in slum communities and explores the intersections of socio-cultural space, technology, and youth cultures as sites of power asymmetries, forms of regulation and control, and transgression of slum youth's physical space and conditions.
Reasons for applying for fellowship:
RMIT is renowned for its research leadership in technology and design with significant social and economic impacts. The fellowship will help consolidate Dr Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano's research on the social and political implications of new media; and the knowledge exchange can inform creative interventions for culturally relevant use of technologies in marginalized settings.
Cheryll has had a very distinguished career, working with Government and NGOs, before moving into academia. She has co-edited a book, authored white papers and peer reviewed journal articles, and has had her papers presented in conferences in Japan, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, India, USA, Singapore, Ireland, UK, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines and China.
Furthermore, she received a full Masters Scholarship from the Netherlands Fellowship Program and a full PhD Research Scholarship from the National University of Singapore, Communications and New Media.