Tabea Ott at University of New South Wales

Research Stay at UNSW Sydney: Exploring AI Research and Indigenous Data Sovereignty Projects in Australia

Juli-August 2023




My research stay at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney was an enriching experience that allowed me to delve into cutting-edge academic pursuits, collaborate with esteemed scholars, and gain valuable insights into the field of AI research in healthcare and society in Australia. UNSW, renowned for its academic excellence and global ranking as the 19th best university worldwide, provided the perfect backdrop for this journey.


During my stay at UNSW, I had the privilege of collaborating with Professor Deborah Lupton. Deborah is not only a leader within the university but also plays a pivotal role as the head of the Vitalities Lab, which is a part of the Centre for Social Research in Health. She is an expert in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Additionally, she serves as the Co-leader of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. Her mentorship and guidance significantly contributed to the success of my research stay.



My journey at UNSW commenced with an invitation from Professor Deborah Lupton to join the department. This invitation extended to sharing office space with researchers hailing from all around the world, fostering a dynamic and culturally diverse work environment. One of the highlights of my research stay was the opportunity to present my PhD project to an engaged and intellectually stimulating audience. This presentation not only provided me with invaluable feedback but also encouraged interdisciplinary discussions.


Additionally, I had the privilege of attending the “Automated News and Media” symposium organized by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. This symposium proved to be an eye-opening experience, offering profound insights into the realm of intersectional AI research and indigenous sovereignty projects. Moreover, it served as a platform for networking and collaboration with researchers who share a passion for the multifaceted field of AI research. The symposium on “Automated News and Media” not only broadened my horizons but also illuminated the importance of intersectional AI research and indigenous data sovereignty projects in contemporary academia.


My time at UNSW was marked by numerous coffee dates with remarkable researchers from around the world. These meetings facilitated the exchange of ideas, the exploration of collaborative opportunities, and the building of academic connections. For example, I had the honor of visiting Skye Trudgett, an indigenous data sovereignty and indigenous rights advocate. This meeting was an eye-opening experience, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to indigenous data sovereignty in Australia. Skye Trudgett’s dedication to this cause and her insights into the matters of First Nation People were truly inspiring.


In conclusion, my research stay at UNSW Sydney was an enriching experience that not only allowed me to engage in meaningful research but also exposed me to the vibrant world of intersectional AI research and indigenous sovereignty projects. Working alongside Professor Deborah Lupton and collaborating with researchers from diverse backgrounds was instrumental in my academic growth. UNSW’s commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and global engagement has left an indelible mark on my academic journey, and I look forward to furthering these collaborations in the future as I continue to work on my PhD thesis.