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Amanda Third (PhD) is Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University; Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Research Centre; and Research Program Co-Lead in the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies.  

An international expert in child-centred, participatory research, her work investigates children's technology practices, focusing on marginalised groups and rights-based approaches. She has led child-centred projects to understand children’s experiences of the digital age in over 70 countries, working with partners across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and children and young people themselves.  

Professor Third is lead author of Young People in Digital Society: Control/Shift (Palgrave, 2019); Young and Online: Children’s Perspectives on Life in the Digital Age (WSU/UNICEF, 2017); and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Children around the World (Young and Well CRC/UNICEF, 2014). She is currently co-authoring a UNCRC General Comment on Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment.  

She is Expert Advisor to Global Kids Online; a founding member of the Australian-based Technology and Wellbeing Cross-Sector Roundtable; and Co-Director of the Australian Living Labs Innovation Network. She is also a member of: the ASEAN Regional Think Tank on Child Online Protection (UNICEF/ITU); the international Digitally Connected Network; Google Children and Families Expert Advisory Board; UNICEF Australia's Child Rights Task Force; the Australian Federal Government’s eSafety Advisory Committee, and an Ambassador of the 2168 Children’s Parliament. In 2015 she was awarded the Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Engagement and Sustainability. 

Projects & Tools

Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18) and digital technology.


The Guardian

A double-edged sword: hopes and fears for children as fast internet reaches Pacific

Amanda Third and colleagues produce report on online safety in the Pacific.

Oct 19, 2020