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