Ariadne Vromen


Ariadne Vromen is Professor of Political Sociology in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include: political participation, social movements, advocacy organisations, digital politics, and young people and politics. Ariadne has completed extensive research on Australian young people’s political engagement, including co-authoring a policy report for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme. She has also co-authored several texts on Australian politics, including Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics. Ariadne is a member of the WUN group, Networking Young Citizens; and on the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group, Participation and Mobilisation. Ariadne is an enthusiastic political science teacher, and has won a Vice Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Teaching; and, after nomination by her colleagues, a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Mentoring award.

She has successfully supervised Higher Degree Research students with varied topics, and particularly welcomes enquiries from future students interested in digital politics, and any area of citizen engagement. Ariadne was an academic staff elected Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate (2011-2013); and an NTEU National Councillor (2006-2011).

Ariadne’s current projects include:

  • The Civic Network, on young people’s use of social media for political engagement in Australia, UK and USA (with Michael Xenos and Brian Loader);
  • Innovative Democracy? on new forms of citizen engagement in Australia, UK and Denmark (with colleagues at University of Canberra: Marsh, Fawcett and Bang);
  • Completing a book Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement: ‘The Challenge of Online Campaigning and Advocacy Organisations’.