Assoc. Prof. Ariadne Vromen
BSocSc (UNSW), MA (Syd) PhD (UNSW)
+61 2 9351 6602
Ariadne Vromen's research and teaching interests are in the field of political sociology and include: political participation, social movements, community organisations, political parties, political science research methods, internet politics and young people and politics. Ariadne has completed extensive research on Australian young people’s political participation, including co-authoring a report for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2008. She has also co-authored several texts on Australian politics, including Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics. Ariadne is a member of the WUN group, Networking Young Citizens; and on the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group, Forms of Participation.
Ariadne is an enthusiastic political science teacher and was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009. She has supervised PhD students with varied topics, including: the internet and youth participation policies; research utilisation in the government welfare sector; the Australian Greens; ALP-union relationships; online constructions of female politicians; and, environmental politics in Chile.
Currently she is an academic staff elected Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate (June 2011- May 2013).
- Australian Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Political sociology
- Political participation
- Comparative Government & Politics
- Australian politics
- Social movements
- Young people and politics
Current Research Projects
- ‘The Civic Network: A comparative study of the use of social media for enhancing young people’s political engagement’ funded by the Spencer Foundation, USA, New Civics initiative, 2012-2014, with Michael Xenos (Wisconsin-Madison) and Brian Loader (York). See http://thecivicnet.com/.
- ‘Innovative democracy? Changing approaches to citizen engagement in Australia, the UK and Denmark’ an ARC Discovery Project 2012-2014, with David Marsh (ANU), Paul Fawcett (Sydney) and Henrik Bang (Copenhagen)
- ‘Civic Networking in Comparative Perspective: Young people, civic engagement and social media in Australia and the USA’ a US Studies Centre funded project to run focus groups, with Michael Xenos (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
- GOVT6139 Research Design
- GOVT2331 Social Change and Politics
Books Authored and Edited
Smith, R, Vromen, A & Cook, I (eds) 2012, Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Issues and Debates, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Vromen, A, Gelber, K & Gauja, A 2009, Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics, 2nd edition, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Bell, J, Vromen, A & Collin, P 2008, Rewriting the rules for youth participation - Inclusion and diversity in government and community decision-making, National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, DEEWR, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
Smith, R, Vromen, A & Cook, I 2006, Keywords in Australian Politics, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Vromen, A & Gelber, K 2005, Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Political Practice, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Refereed Journal Articles
[[b||Vromen, A & Coleman, W 2013, "Online campaigning organizations and storytelling strategies: GetUp! In Australia", Policy and Internet, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-25.
Davies, I, Bennett, L, Loader, B, Mellor, S, Vromen, A, Coleman, S & Xenos, M 2012, "Four questions about the educational potential of social media for promoting civic engagement", Citizenship teaching and Learning, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 293-306.
Vromen, A & Coleman, W 2011, "Online movement mobilisation and electoral politics: the case of GetUp!", Communication, Politics and Culture, vol. 44, no. 2.
Vromen, A 2011, "Constructing Australian youth online: empowered but dutiful citizens?", Information, Communication and Society, vol. 14, no. 7, pp. 959-980.
Spies-Butcher, B & Vromen, A 2010, "Suburban Affairs: Groups and political communities across Sydney", Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 403-421.
Vromen, A & Collin, P 2010, "Everyday youth participation? Contrasting views from Australian policymakers and young people", Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 97-112.
Vromen, A & Gauja, A 2009, "Protestors, parliamentarians, policy-makers: The experience of Australian Green MPs", Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 87-110.
'tHart, P & Vromen, A 2008, "A new era for think tanks in public policy? International trends, Australian realities", Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 135-148.
Vromen, A 2008, "Building virtual spaces: Young people, participation and the internet", Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 79-97.
Vromen, A 2007, "Australian young people's participatory practices and internet use", Information, Communication and Society, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 48-68.
Turnbull, N & Vromen, A 2006, "The Australian Greens: party organisation and political processes", Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 455-470.
Vromen, A 2005, "Political strategies of the Australian third sector", Third Sector Review, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 95-115.
Vromen, A 2003, "Politicising Community: the private sphere and political participation", Contemporary Politics, vol. 9, no. 4, pp.371-395.
Vromen, A 2003, "Traversing Time and Gender: Australian young people's participation", The Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 277-294.
Vromen, A 2003, "'People try to put us down'. Participatory Citizenship of 'GenerationX'", Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 79-99.
Vromen, A 2003, "Community-based activism and change: the cases of Sydney and Toronto", City and Community, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 47-69.
Vromen, A 1999, "Community Development Activism: A discussion of shifts in process in Sydney and Toronto", Third Sector Review, vol. 5, no. 1, p. 41-64.
Vromen, A 1995, "Paul Keating is the Prime Minister, but who delivers the mail? A study of political knowledge amongst young people", Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 30, no. 1, p. 74-90.
Edited Special Editions of Journals
Chen, P & Vromen, A (eds) 2011, Communication, Politics and Culture: Special issue on new media and the 2010 Australian federal election, vol. 44, no. 2.
Cecez-Kecmanovic, D, Kennan, M & Vromen, A 2010, International Journal of E-Politics: Special issue on young people, politics and the internet, vol. 1, no. 3.
Vromen, A & Smith, R 2012, "Buying the Good Society: The Rise of Australian Political Consumerism", in C Elder & K Moore (eds), New Visions New Voices: Australian Studies in the Twenty-first Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle.
Vromen, A 2012, "Constructing Australian youth online: empowered but dutiful citizens?", in B Loader & D Mercea (eds), Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics, Routledge, London.
Vromen, A 2012, "New Forms of Participation and Social Movements", in I Cook, R Smith & A Vromen (eds), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Issues and Debates, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Vromen, A 2012, "Youth participation from the top-down: the perspectives of government and community sector decision-makers in Australia", in J van Deth & W Maloney (eds), New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society: Professionalization and Individualized Collective Action, Routledge, London.
Vromen, A 2010, "Debating methods: rediscovering qualitative approaches", in D Marsh & G Stoker (eds), Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3rd edition, Palgrave, Basingstoke.
Vromen, A 2008, "Political change and the internet in Australia: introducing GetUp", in T Hayhtio & J Rinne (eds), Net working/Networking: Citizen initiated Internet Politics, Tampere University Press, Tampere.
Vromen, A 2007, "Australian young people's participatory practices and internet use", in B Loader (ed), Young Citizens in the Digital Age: Political Engagement, Young People and New Media, Routledge, London.
Vromen, A 2007, "Judging cyber-optimism: youth-led participation and the internet", in K Edwards, M Print & L Saha (eds), Youth and Political Participation, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.
Vromen, A & Turnbull, N 2006, "The Australian Greens: Challengers to the cartel?", in I Marsh (ed), Australia's Parties in Transition? The Australian Party System in an Era of Globalization, Federation Press, Sydney.
Vromen, A, Gauja, A & Smith, R 2006, "Transforming parliament? independent and minor party women in NSW Politics", in D Brennan & Chappell, L (eds), 'No fit place for women'? Women and NSW Politics, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Selected Conference Papers
Spies-Butcher, B, Marsh, I & Vromen, A 2008, "Suburban affairs: political communities across Sydney", in Proceedings of the Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Vromen, A 2005, "Who are the Australian Greens? Surveying the membership", in R Julian, R Rottier & R White (eds), Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Conference, on CD-ROM, Section 13: Rural issues and the environment.
Vromen, A 2004, "'GenerationX' retrieving net-based information: political participation in practice?", in Proceedings of the Australian Electronic Governance Conference University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
Vromen, A 2002, "Community activism and change: the cases of Sydney and Toronto", in T Eardley & B Bradbury (eds), Competing Visions: Refereed Proceedings of the National Social Policy Conference 2001, SPRC Report ½, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 387-410.
Vromen, A 1999, "Worker, Activist, Parent: Competing responsibilities and political participation", in J Brookfield (ed), Proceedings of the Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, University of Sydney, pp.871-882.
Vromen, A 2010, "Young Citizens Online", ed by L Bennett, International Journal of E-Politics, vol. 1, no. 3, available online at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/Ancillary/jep.2010.1.3%20book%20review.pdf.
Vromen, A 2010, "Youth, Identity and Digital Media", ed by D Buckingham, Information, Communication and Society.
Vromen, A 2002, "The Enabling State", by N Gilbert, Worksite, available online at http://www.southlandmedia.com.au/worksite/.
Vromen, A 2001, "Laboring for Rights: Unions and Sexual Diversity Across Nations", ed by G Hunt, The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 250-252.
Vromen, A 2008, "Inclusion through voice: Youth participation in government and community decision-making', Social Inclusion and Youth Workshop Proceedings, October 30, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, available online athttp://www.bsl.org.au/pdfs/Vromen_paper_29Oct08.pdf.
Vromen, A 2006, "Young people's representation and participation during the Howard decade", New Transitions: Journal of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 33-39.
Vromen, A 2005, "How different are young men and young women?", Evatt Foundation forum on young people and politics.
Turnbull, N & Vromen, A 2004, "Where do the Greens fit? Election 2004", Australian Review of Public Affairs, 17 September 2004.
Vromen, A 2004, "Not watermelons, John, social democrats", New Matilda, 8 September 2004.
Vromen, A 2004, "Young Australians are not apathetic, deviant and technology dependent", Online Opinion, 17 June 2004, available online at http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=2296.
Vromen, A 2004, "Three political myths about young people", Australian Review of Public Affairs, 26 March 2004.