Hi, my name is Bárbara Barbosa Neves and this is my personal homepage.

I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this appointment, I was an Associate Director and Research Associate of the ‘Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab’ (TAGlab) at the University of Toronto (Dept. of Computer Science). At TAGlab, I was studying the ways in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be adopted and used by frail institutionalized older adults to enhance social connectedness and social inclusion.

Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Lisbon (ISCSP-UL) where I taught and conducted research on sociology of technology, aging, social capital, and social research methods. I continue to collaborate with the Centre for Public Administration & Policies (CAPP, ISCSP) and the eplanning lab (FCUL), both at the University of Lisbon.

I am also an elected board member of the Committee on Family Research (RC06), International Sociological Association (ISA) since 2012. For the 2014-2018 term, I am the secretary and treasurer of RC06.

My PhD was undertaken at the Technical University of Lisbon, while I was a visiting doctoral student at Netlab, University of Toronto. My PhD research examined Internet usage and social capital in Lisbon (sociology of technology). Professor João Bilhim (ISCSP-UTL), Professor Barry Wellman (Netlab) and Professor Jaime Fonseca were my wonder trio of PhD advisors. Professor Fausto Amaro and fabulous Beverly Wellman guided me informally.

From 2009 to 2011, I was a visiting scholar at the Dept. of Media and Communication (IMK) of the University of Oslo (Norway).

If you want to contact me, I am available at barbara at bbneves.com. I am @barbaraneves on twitter.

What’s Mushin?

Mushin (shortened from mushin no shin) means literally “no mindedness”. In martial arts, it’s a cognitive state, where the mind is not focused on anything and therefore is open to everything. As I’m not a fighter – I just love Shaolin movies – I use it to describe a basic principle of research: having an open mind.