RMIT Research Awards

ADM+S members recognised at RMIT Annual Research Awards

Author  Natalie Campbell
Date 23 May 2024

Congratulations to ADM+S researchers and the ADM+S operations team, who have been recognised for their impact and engagement at the 2023 RMIT Vice Chancellors Awards, RMIT Research Awards, and Research Service Excellence Awards, held at RMIT University on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

  • Mapping the Digital Gap research team, Vice Chancellors Award for Research Engagement and Impact (team category). 

The Mapping the Digital Gap team, consisting of Dr Daniel Featherstone, Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Professor Julian Thomas, Dr Indigo Holcombe-James and Dr Jenny Kennedy, received this award in recognition of their significant research impact and engagement in their work, addressing the lack of longitudinal digital inclusion data in remote First Nations communities.

Mapping the Digital Gap project lead Dr Daniel Featherstone said, “I want to acknowledge the community organisations and local co-researchers that make the Mapping the Digital Gap project possible. Those partnerships allow us to engage and have an impact on the ground, as well as through policy. 

“We’re grateful to Telstra for their ongoing support, to the ADM+S community, and to the policy commitment from States, Territories, and industry in supporting progress on Closing the Gap target 17.”

Daniel RMIT award.
The award was received by Daniel Featherstone on behalf of the Mapping the Digital Gap team.


Kelsie Nabben, Vice Chancellors Prize for Research Engagement and Impact (Higher Degree by Research category).  

Kelsie was awarded this prize for demonstrating research engagement and impact in the social implications of emerging technologies. The award acknowledges her interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation at the confluence of economics, engineering, law, and online communities.

Throughout her PhD program, Kelsie’s work has attracted attention from industry leaders who recognize the practical application of her work in shaping technology governance frameworks relevant to their sectors, allowing her to engage with industry and demonstrate impact in her work.

Kelsie Nabben receiving the Vice Chancellors Prize for Research Engagement and Impact.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation Calum Drummond said “the nomination recognises your exceptional support for research and innovation across every aspect of the ADM+S centre’s work. Your solutions-oriented innovative approach in supporting initiatives for the research community , strengthening relationships, and thereby enhancing the research ecosystem is remarkable.

“Further, the nomination recognises you as a team that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to contribute to building RMIT’s research and innovation reputation.”

ADM+S Chief Operating Officer Nick Walsh said the award was a terrific honour for the research service team at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S), and thanks RMIT for their continued support.

“We are grateful to all the professional staff that provide support for ADM+S across the nine Australian university nodes, as well as our fellow colleagues in RMIT’s service areas who have helped build ADM+S into a highly successful, world class research centre.”

Absent: Leah Hawkins, Julie Stuart, Kathy Nickels and Lucy Valenta.


Kieran Hegarty, RMIT Prize for Research Engagement and Impact (Higher Degree by Research category).    

Kieran was awarded the prize for Research Engagement and Impact in recognition of his research on the changing role of public libraries in an era of digital and social media. 

His interdisciplinary research not only makes significant contributions to knowledge, but also informs practice change within the library and information profession. During his PhD, Kieran has embedded himself within a practice setting, enabling him to engage with professionals and better understand their perspectives to inform his work.

Kieran Hegarty receiving the RMIT Prize for Research Engagement and Impact.


  • Sally Story, Special Commendation for Service Excellence Award.

Sally received multiple nominations for the Service Excellence Award, which detailed Sally’s strong commitment to the betterment of student experiences, professional growth, and wellbeing. 

The nominations demonstrated Sally’s dedicated performance as Research Training Coordinator at the ADM+S Centre of Excellence. 

Sally Storey receiving the Special Commendation for Service Excellence Award.