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Dr Sy Taffel BA (Hons), PhD


School of English and Media Studies

Sy Taffel is a Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2013 he completed a PhD in Digital Media Ecologies at the University of Bristol, UK. His research interests include political ecologies of digital media, digital media and political activism, the material impacts of media hardware, pervasive/locative media, software studies, social media and peer-to-peer production. He has published work in journals including Convergence, Culture Machine, and the NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies. Sy has also worked as a filmmaker and photographer, and has been involved with media activist projects including Indymedia, Climate Camp, and Hacktionlab.


Contact details

  • Ph: 81988
    Location: 05, 10
    Campus: Turitea


  • BA (Hons) Drama: Film Theatre and Television - University of Bristol (2005)
  • PhD - University of Bristol (2013)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Media Ecologies

Peer-to-Peer Production and the Poltiical Economy of Digital Media

Digital Infrstructures

Software Studies

Digital Media and Politics

Media and Materiality

Pervasive & Mobile Media

Critical Theory and Digital Media

Documentary Film

Digital Aesthetics

Social Media


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Ethics (220100):
Communications Technologies (100500): Computer Communications Networks (100503):
Computer Gaming and Animation (190202):
Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103):
Film, Television and Digital Media (190200): Interactive Media (190205):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000):
Technology (100000): Video Communications (100509)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Research Outputs


Venkateswar, S. (2017). In different voices: Engaging with human–nonhuman entanglements. In N. Holm, & S. Taffel (Eds.) Ecological Entanglements in the Anthropocene. (pp. 125 - 140). Maryland, United States of America: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.Edited by: Taffel, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Amanda Bastos Mareschi Aggio - PhD
    The child spectator as a viewing worker capitalized on the Internet.
  • Pooja Jayan - PhD
    Media ecology, ICT and the elusive quest of Indian women migrants for socio-economic development

Media and Links

Other Links

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Senior Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Business Services Manager - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary - Wellington
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Claire Jowsey
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: C.Jowsey@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 212 7057

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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