Sarah Pink

Urban Scholar

  • Ethnography
  • Environmental Sustainability and Resilience
  • Digital Technologies

Professor Sarah Pink is Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, and Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University. She is also Visiting Professor in the Schools of Civil and Building Engineering and Design at Loughborough University, UK, and in the Swedish Centre for Applied Cultural Analysis at Halmstad University, Sweden, and Guest Professor at the Free University, Berlin. She is also a Director of the Future Anthropologies Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

Professor Pink’s research is interdisciplinary and combines academic scholarship with applied practice. She works across a range of research council funded and industry partnered projects on themes relating to digital technologies, environmental sustainability and resilience, and safety. Questions including the relationship between the technological possibilities and everyday human improvisation, and possible futures are at the centre of her work and she is known internationally for her innovations in visual, sensory and digital ethnographic research methodologies.

Recent projects include her work on slow cities, environmental sustainability and imagined futures, energy demand reduction, water, laundry and sustainability in urban Indonesia, safety, and digital technologies in everyday life (across a number of current projects). She disseminates her work through academic writing, web-based projects and documentary film.

Professor Pink is based in Melbourne, Australia.