Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández speaking at 2022 ADM+S Symposium

Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández receives Discovery Early Career Research Award 2023

Authors Loren Dela Cruz
Date 16 September 2022

ADM+S Associate Investigator Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a recipient of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for 2023.

Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández has been awarded $400,000 in research funding to examine the harmful impacts of humour on women’s wellbeing online. The three-year project aims to bring together sociocultural theory, social media analysis, and interviews to better understand the dynamics of harmful humour online in Australia which is poorly managed by social media platforms, and has not been integrated into online safety regulation and policy. It will work with users, community leaders and industry stakeholders to evaluate current platform and policy responses and how they could be improved. The anticipated outcomes include theoretical advances, workable principles for better content moderation processes that reduce harm without restricting healthy expression, and evidence-based contributions to debates on online safety regulation.

Ariadna said her grant success is a collective effort, thanking Prof Jean Burgess, Prof Nicolas Suzor, QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC)
and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) for their support.

The DECRA scheme provides focused research support for early career researchers and aims to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers
  • support national and international research collaboration
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  • enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments

“The DECRA scheme allows researchers in the early stages of their career to develop and apply their research skills, on projects that benefit Australians,” said Australian Research Council Chief Executive Officer Ms Judi Zielke PSM

“The projects also give these researchers the opportunity to collaborate and build connections that will help them progress through a career in research.”

View the full list of DECRA receipients for 2023.