Monash University Publishing: Advancing knowledge

Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

Edited by Tom Denison, Mauro Sarrica and Larry Stillman


Community Informatics is an emergent discipline with a dual focus:  the conduct of research about the relationship between the design of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and local communities; and the implementation of ICT projects in local communities.

While most of the Community Informatics literature focuses on empirical work and its relationship to more technically-oriented Information or Management Systems thinking, this book uses a combination of theoretical and case study approaches to explore the relationship between Community Informatics, Social Informatics, and broader social theory.

Themes include: social order mediated through ICTs; community and cohesion; class and power; social psychology and technology; the relationship between personal agency and social structure mediated through technology; and the nature of institutional or community formations in the age of ICTs.


Francesca Comunello, University of Rome, Italy
Alberta Contarello, University of Padova, Italy
Tom Denison, Monash University, Australia
Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, The Netherlands
Tomi Oinas, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Veli-Matti Salminen, Church Research Institute in Tampere, Finland
Mauro Sarrica, University of Rome, Italy
Larry Stillman, Monash University, Australia
Sakari Taipale, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Emiliano Treré, Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico
Jane Vincent, University of Surrey, England

About the Editors

Dr Tom Denison is a Lecturer and Research Associate with the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He conducts research within the fields of social and community informatics, specialising in research relating to the effective use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by communities and their members. Particular foci of his research include: ICTs as a form of mediated communication and the consequences of such use, for example by migrants and migrant groups; the use of ICTs by non-profit organisations and cultural institutions; and the role of social networks. He has also consulted widely in Australia and Vietnam, assisting libraries and non-profit organisations in making more effective use of ICT.

Dr Mauro Sarrica works in the Faculty Of Communications Science, Sapienza University of Rome. His main research interests are the social construction of knowledge, stability and change of  social beliefs, and peace psychology, with a focus on how people interpret and co-construct social reality in order to face changes and innovation. He is member of EAESP, ISPP and AIP scientific associations.

Dr Larry Stillman is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Oxfam Australia Monash University Partnership. He specializes in research about the interaction between technology and communities in developed and developing countries and has a long-standing interest in participatory program evaluation and its application to community-based settings.

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, please contact our Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Cannon.