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Kieran Hegarty

PhD candidate - RMIT University

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Kieran Hegarty is a librarian, sociologist, and critical informatics scholar, who is interested in the relationship between technology, memory, and the nation.

He is a currently a PhD candidate at the Centre of Urban Research and works on the ARC Linkage project Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries.

Kieran’s research considers how dispersed and automated systems shape the production and use of cultural datasets and collections in major Australian libraries. He is particularly interested how libraries enact socio-technical interventions in large and complex information systems (the open Web, social media) in order to sustain epistemic claims relating to Australian culture and heritage. Throughout 2021, Kieran is conducting an ethnography across the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales, where he will explore the practices, norms, and routines that structure two collections of online content: the Australian Web Archive and the NSW Social Media Archive.

Kieran is passionate about taking experimental, creative, and collaborative approaches to research. Following his doctorate, he hopes to continue his work in libraries, creative arts institutions, and sites of research, supporting ways to understand and challenge the power structures that shape how knowledge is created, disseminated, and authorised.

You can find out more about Kieran’s research at his website ( or on Twitter @assemblingweb.