Mathieu O'Neil

Associate Professor of Communication

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Mathieu is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre, where he leads the Critical Conversations Lab. Mathieu’s research focuses on the communicational, political-economic and organizational aspects of commons-based and oriented peer production, such as free and open source software. He is currently leading an international team investigating the co-production of free and open source software by firms and projects as well as how this co-production is represented in IT media (Critical Digital Infrastructure Fund, Sloan and Ford Foundations, 2019-2020). Mathieu has played a key role in developing the field of peer production studies by founding the Journal of Peer Production; editing four issues of this journal; and being lead editor of a Handbook of Peer Production (Wiley, 2020).

Mathieu has also made significant contributions to the development of innovative online research methods and concepts through his work with the ANU's Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks, a world leader in computational social science, web science, and big data analytics. Mathieu was a member of the team which obtained ARC grant SR0567298, a Special Research Initiative (e-Research Support) to set up the Observatory. His subsequent research on social movements, risk issue diffusion and the adoption of innovation in the online environment brought together conceptual frameworks such as social network analysis and the sociologies of fields and controversies. The quality of this research was recognised when Mathieu and his co-author Robert Ackland were awarded the 2012 Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (CITAMS) section of the American Sociological Association Paper Award. They are the sole recipients of the CITAMS Paper Award outside North America, which recognises an ‘outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology’.

Mathieu's research has been published in two books and in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Networks, Information, Communication & Society, Réseaux, New Media and Society, and Organization Studies, amongst others. He previously held academic appointments at the Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, the Australian National University and the Université Paris Sorbonne. He has also worked as a magazine editor and exhibition curator in Singapore, and as a researcher for the Australian Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

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Projects 2019 2020

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Digital Infrastructure Research RFP

O'Neil, M., Muselli, L., Raissi, M. & Zacchiroli, S.


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2019

Engagement with news on Twitter: insights from Australia and Korea

Ackland, R., O'NEIL, M. & PARK, S., 4 May 2019, In : Asian Journal of Communication. 29, 3, p. 235-251 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

South Korea
Computational methods

Online Field Theory

O'NEIL, M. & Ackland, R., 2019, Second International Handbook of Internet Research. Hunsinger, J., Klastrup, L. & Allen, M. M. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

field theory
network analysis
social network

Open access and the academic field

O'NEIL, M. & Collins, S., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Peer Production. 13, p. 1-1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
open access

Risk issue adoption in an online social movement field

O'NEIL, M. & Ackland, R., 2019, In : Information Communication and Society. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

field theory
social movement
Health risks
Circuit theory

Making Lovework: Editorial Notes for the JOPP issue on Peer Production and Work

O'NEIL, M. & Zacchiroli, S., May 2017, In : Journal of Peer Production. 10, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
social media