Catherine Davis


Social media and recent migrants from Italy

Catherine graduated with a first class honours degree in Italian Studies from the University of Sydney in 2009. For her honours thesis she researched women in contemporary Italian society, exploring notions of female time, space and the body.

For the past five years she has worked in the NGO sector. She has also worked as an ESL teacher in Australia and in Italy, and now specialises in teaching English to Italians in Sydney. At present she is working part-time for a non-profit organisation which helps the frail aged and younger people with disabilities to access amenities and participate in community life.

Catherine's research interests include Italian migration, the impact of social media on the process of migration, transnational identity, youth and social media use, online communities, and the social impacts of mobile technologies. Catherine is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate Professor Antonia Rubino. For her thesis she is examining how social media use shapes the experience of migration for newly arrived Italians in Australia.