O'Neil, Assoc. Prof. Mathieu
Associate Professor, Communication
Faculty of Arts & Design
Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C14
Telephone: (02) 6201 2283
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5999
Mathieu is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre, where he leads the Critical Conversations Lab. Mathieu’s research focuses on the communicational, political-economic and organizational aspects of commons-based and oriented peer production, such as free and open source software. He is currently leading an international team investigating the co-production of free and open source software by firms and projects as well as how this co-production is represented in IT media (Critical Digital Infrastructure Fund, Sloan and Ford Foundations, 2019-2020). Mathieu has played a key role in developing the field of peer production studies by founding the Journal of Peer Production; editing four issues of this journal; and being lead editor of a Handbook of Peer Production (Wiley, 2020).
Mathieu has also made significant contributions to the development of innovative online research methods and concepts through his work with the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks, a world leader in computational social science, web science, and big data analytics. Mathieu was a member of the team which obtained ARC grant SR0567298, a Special Research Initiative (e-Research Support) to set up the Observatory.
His subsequent research on social movements, risk issue diffusion and the adoption of innovation in the online environment brought together conceptual frameworks such as social network analysis and the sociologies of fields and controversies. The quality of this research was recognised when Mathieu and his co-author Robert Ackland were awarded the 2012 Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (CITAMS) section of the American Sociological Association Paper Award. They are the sole recipients of the CITAMS Paper Award outside North America, which recognises an ‘outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology’.
Mathieu's research has been published in two books and in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Networks, Information, Communication & Society, Réseaux, New Media and Society, and Organization Studies, amongst others. He previously held academic appointments at the Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, the Australian National University and the Université Paris Sorbonne. He has also worked as a magazine editor and exhibition curator in Singapore, and as a researcher for the Australian Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Areas of Teaching
- Digital Media Literacy
- Communication Evolution
- Networks and Social Media PG
- Mathieu is available to supervise honours and postgraduate students in any area related to his research interests.
- Field theory and the diffusion of innovation
- Labour in the digital economy
- Legitimacy and work in peer production
- Online communities, cultures and networks
- Online social movements and activism
- Organizational and environmental communication
- Ph.D. in American Society and Politics, Université Diderot - Paris 7
- MA in American Society and Politics, Université Diderot - Paris 7
- O'Neil, M. (2009). Cyberchiefs. Authority and Autonomy in Online Tribes. London: Pluto Press.
- O’Neil, M. & Pentzold, C., Toupin, S. (2020). The Handbook of Peer Production. Under contract, Wiley.
- Frayssé, O. & O'Neil, M. (2015) Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: The US Matrix. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-47389-9
- O’Neil, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017). “Peer production and work”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May.
- Gorbatai, A., Jemielnak, D., O'Neil, M. (2016). "Management and the future of open collaboration" Special section in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(3).
- O'Neil, M. (2012). Productive negation, Journal of Peer Production 1, July.
- O'Neil, M. (2011). Mass peer activism, Journal of Peer Production 0, July.
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
- Ackland, R, O’Neil, M. & Park, S. (2018) Engagement with News on Twitter: Insights from Australia and Korea, Asian Journal of Communication, special issue on Introducing Computational Social Science for Asia-Pacific Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/01292986.2018.1462393.
- O’Neil, M. & Ackland, R., “Competition in an online social movement field”. Revise and Resubmit, Information, Communication & Society.
- Ackland, R, O’Neil, M. & Park, S. (2018). “Engagement with News on Twitter: Insights from Australia and Korea,” Asian Journal of Communication, special issue on Introducing Computational Social Science for Asia-Pacific Communication Research.
- O'Neil, M. (2015). "Labour out of control. The political economy of capitalist and ethical organisations." Organization Studies, 36 (12), 1627-1647.
- O'Neil, M. (2014). Hacking Weber: legitimacy, critique and trust in peer production. Information, Communication & Society, 17(7), 872-888.
- O'Neil, M. (2013). Collaborative Internet governance: terms and conditions of analysis. Revue Française d'Études Américaines 134, Special issue on Contested Internet Governance (ed. D. Frau-Meigs), 98-113, October.
- O'Neil, M. (2013). Domination et critique dans les projets collaboratifs sur Internet." Réseaux Vol 31, No. 181, pp. 119-145.
- Ackland, R. & O'Neil, M. (2011). Online collective identity: The case of the environmental movement. Social Networks 33(3), 177-190, July.
- O'Neil, M. (2011). The sociology of critique in Wikipedia. Journal of Peer Production 0, 1-12, July.
- O'Neil, M. (2006). Rebels for the system? Virus writers, general intellect, cyberpunk and criminal capitalism. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 20(2), 225-241, June.
Refereed conference proceedings:
- Ackland, R., O'Neil, M., Standish, R. & Buchhorn, M. (2006). VOSON: A web services approach for facilitating research into online networks. Second International Conference on e-Social Science, University of Manchester,UK, 28-30 June.
- O'Neil, M. (2005). Blogs and authority. Blogtalk Downunder, University Technology Sydney, Australia, 19-22 May.
- O'Neil, M. (2004). Exclusion and inclusion in personal media networks. In M. Fine, N. Smith & A. Wise (eds) Mobile Boundaries/Rigid Worlds: Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the CRSI 2004, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 27-28 September.
- O'Neil, M. (2001). Digital consumption and other conflicts within digital capitalism (In response to D. Schiller, Hard times for digital capitalism). Proceedings of the Conference on the Social Impact of Transnational Corporations, Centre for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements, Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, France, 11-12 January.
Chapters in books:
- O’Neil, M., and Ackland, R. (Forthcoming). Online Field Theory. In Allen, M., Hunsinger, J. and Klastrup, L (eds), International Handbook of Internet Research, Springer.
- O'Neil, M, and Ackland, R. (2016). Towards a theory of online field/force. In M. Allen, J. Hunsinger & L. Klastrup (Eds), International Handbook of Internet Studies Vol.2 (accepted 7 February 2016). Amsterdam: Springer.
- Frayssé, O. & O'Neil, M. (2015). Hacked in the USA: Prosumption and digital labour. In O. Frayssé & M. O'Neil, M. (Eds), Digital labour and prosumer capitalism: The US matrix (pp. 1-19). Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-47389-9.
- Söderberg. J. & O'Neil, M. (2014) "Introduction to Book of Peer Production." In Söderberg, J. & maxigas (Eds) Book of Peer Production. Aarhus, DK: Aarhus Universitetsförlag, pp. 2-3. ISBN 978-87-87564-83-0.
- O'Neil, M. (2011). Wikipedia and authority. In G. Lovink & N. Tkacz (eds) Critical Point of View Reader. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 309-324.
- O'Neil, M. (2008). Radical tribes at warre: Primitivists on the net. In T. L. Adams & S. A. Smith (eds) Electronic Tribes. The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 251-268.
- O'Neil, M. (2004). Les paradoxes d'une dissidence californienne: Les « zines » de la San Francisco Bay Area (1980-1995). In A. Foucrier & A. Coppolani (eds) La Californie: périphérie ou laboratoire? Paris: L'Harmattan, 47-59.
- Ledoux, N. & O'Neil, M. (2011). Utopia, Inc – Un contre-projet pour l'île Seguin: la cité des plaisirs. In L. Lavoie (ed.) Utopia. De quelques utopies à l'aube du 3eme millénaire, Collection Sociologie contemporaine. Laval: Presses Universitaires de Laval / Paris: Éditions Syllepses, 37-44.
Journal and report articles:
- Jensen, M. & O’Neil, M. (2018). “Fake News, Real Problems: What is disinformation and how do we confront it?”, Digital News Report: Australia 2018, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.
- De Blanc, M., O’Neil, M., Raissi, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017).“Preliminary Report on the influence of capital in an ethical project: Quantitative data from the 2016 Debian Survey”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
- O’Neil, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017). “Making Lovework: Editorial notes for the JoPP issue on Peer Production and Work”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
- O’Neil, M., Johan Söderberg, Maurizio Teli, & Stefano Zacchiroli (2017). “Now, the Commons”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
- Gorbatai, A., Jemielnak, D. & O’Neil, M. (2016). Guest editorial “Management and the future of open collaboration”. Special section in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(3) 2016.
- O'Neil, M. (2012). Internet Studies in Europe. InMedia No. 2, October. (online)
- O'Neil, M. (2012). Editorial notes. Productive negation. Journal of Peer Production 1, July. (online)
- O'Neil, M. (2012). Stéphane Hugon, Circumnavigations. L'Imaginaire du Voyage dans l'Experience Internet. InMedia 1, May. (online)
- O'Neil, M. (2011). Domination & networks. A response to Nathaniel Tkacz. Third part in a series on ANT and Power, Journal of Peer Production 0, July. (online)
- O'Neil, M. (2010). L'autorità su internet: Per una teoria povera [tr: Deborah Borca]. Aut Aut No. 347, 36-51, September.
- O'Neil, M. (2010). Shirky and Sanger, or the costs of crowdsourcing. Journal of Science Communication 9(1), 1-6, March.
- Tan, A., O'Neil, M. & Davis, L. (2007). The network within: Singapore's Artscommunity e-group. Focas. Focus on Contemporary Arts and Society 6, 278-297, July.
- O’Neil, M.& Kelley, D. (2016). Decoding Publics: A review of Digital Media Analytical Tools, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.
Other publications - books and magazines:
- O'Neil, M. (1999). Mixage. Exhibition catalogue. Alliance Française, Singapore.
- O'Neil, M. (1997-2000). Lien. Bi-monthly arts magazine. Alliance Française, Singapore.
- Camps-Campins, Y., Ledoux, N. & O'Neil, M. (1992) Out of Nowhere. Art book. Paris, France.
Other publications - press articles:
- O'Neil, M. (2010). Wikipédia ou la fin de l'expertise. Manière de voir 109, 46-49, February-March.
- O'Neil, M. (2009). Gladstone: Industrial paradise or company town? Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, 10-11, October.
- O'Neil, M. (2009). Wikipedia: Experts are us. Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, 14-15, May.
- O'Neil, M. (2001). Parler sans permis à Singapour. Manière de voir 56, 46-49, March-April.
- O'Neil, M. (2000). Mixage à Singapour. Parpaings 11, 15-18, March.
- O'Neil, M. (1998). Internet ou la fin de la vie privée. Le Monde diplomatique 534, 23, September.
- O'Neil, M. (1997). The lay of the land: Portrait of the zinester as a social statistic. Factsheet Five 62, 10-11, Winter.
- O'Neil, M. (1997). Le narcisisme des micro-journaux américains. Le Monde diplomatique 519, 24, June.
- Faculty of Arts and Design Collaborative Research Grant. O'Neil M, Turner, B. Exploring Online Bee Networks, 2014, $3,000
- Australian Research Council SR0567298. Dr R. Ackland, Dr R. Gibson, Dr M. O'Neil, Dr M. Buchhorn. Title: Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks. Special Research Initiative (e-Research Support). $100.000, 2005.
- Doctoral research grant, Stanford University. US$20.000 stipend, free tuition, 1993.
- Awarded the Communication and Information Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) 2012 Paper Award for the article "Online collective identity: the case of the environmental movement" (co-authored with R. Ackland), published in Social Networks. The CITASA Paper Award recognises an outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.
- Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2008-
- Visiting Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2007.
- Visiting Fellow at the Centre for New Media Arts, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2004-2005.
- Awarded the highest commendation of the jury for Ph.D. dissertation and oral defense ("Félicitations du jury à l'unanimité"), 1996.
Selection of publications.
- Journal of Peer Production
Through the analysis of the forms, operations, and contradictions of peer producing communities in contemporary capitalist society, the journal aims to open up new perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change.
- Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks
VOSON aims to advance the Social Science of the Internet through new empirical research into online networks and the development of the VOSON software for the collection and analysis of hyperlink networks.