Ariadne Vromen, Ph.D.

The University of Sydney

Country: Australia (New South Wales)

About Me:

Ariadne Vromen is Professor of Political Sociology, and her research interests include: political participation, social movements, advocacy organisations, digital politics, and young people and politics. She has completed extensive research on young people’s political engagement, including a comparative project on social media use in Australia, the UK and USA. She recently published a new book on digital citizenship and new advocacy organisations. She is currently working on several collaborative research projects including on:
1. Crowdsourcing Political Engagement that looks at the growth of online petitioning and donations sites.
2. young women and the future of work. 3. the use of storytelling by advocacy organisations

Research Interests

Political Participation

Australia And Pacific Island Politics

Political Parties and Interest Groups


Political Communication

Digital Political Participation

Digital Campaigning

Social Movements

Social Media


Young People

Countries of Interest


United Kingdom

United States



Books Written:

(2017) Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement: The Challenge from Online Campaigning and Advocacy Organisations, Palgrave Macmillan

This book considers the radical effects the emergence of social media and digital politics have had on the way that advocacy organisations mobilise and organise citizens into political participation. It argues that these changes are due not only to technological advancement but are also underpinned by hybrid media systems, new political narratives, and a new networked generation of political actors. The author empirically analyses the emergence and consolidation within advanced democracies of online campaigning organisations, such as MoveOn, 38 Degrees, Getup and AVAAZ., showing that they have become leading political advocates, and influential on both national and international level governance. The book critically engages with this digital disruption of traditional patterns of political mobilisation and organisation, and highlights the challenges in embracing new ideas such as entrepreneurialism and issue-driven politics

(2014) The Networked Young Citizen: Social Media, Political Participation and Civic Engagement, Routledge

The future engagement of young citizens from a wide range of socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in democratic politics remains a crucial concern for academics, policy-makers, civics teachers and youth workers around the world. At a time when the negative relationship between socio-economic inequality and levels of political participation is compounded by high youth unemployment or precarious employment in many countries, it is not surprising that new social media communications may be seen as a means to re-engage young citizens. This edited collection explores the influence of social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, upon the participatory culture of young citizens.