My name is Kieran Hegarty. I am a librarian, a sociologist, and a critical information studies scholar, and I live and work on the unceded land of the Boon wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

I am currently undertaking my PhD as part of the Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries project at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University.

Over the past decade, I have held a number of positions in libraries and research centres (mainly in the not-for-profit and university sectors). Through my work, I became interested in how the technologies that libraries and scholars rely on constrain and enable particular forms of knowledge production and ways of knowing.
My PhD research has allowed me to combine my disciplinary (sociology and information studies) and professional (librarianship) backgrounds, to investigate how libraries are using automated software and third-party applications to develop contemporary heritage collections. I am interested in how these methods of collecting shape how we critically understand Australian history and society.

I am passionate about taking experimental, creative, and collaborative approaches to research. Following my doctorate, I hope to continue my work in libraries, creative arts institutions, and sites of research, supporting ways to understand and challenge the power structures that shape how knowledge is created, disseminated, and authorised.

I CONDUCT MY RESEARCH ON THE UNCEDED LAND OF THE BOON WURRUNG AND WURUNDJERI PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN KULIN NATION. I PAY MY RESPECTS TO THEIR ELDERS PAST AND PRESENT. PAY THE RENT.