Jade Hutchinson

Mr Jade Hutchinson is a Cotutelle Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University (Australia) and Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Jade’s research is focused on countering violent extremism emerging from digital ecosystems, examining the relationship between online extremism, ideological and conspiratorial belief, social media platforms, and issues pertaining to the harm caused by digital technologies and extremist narratives, aiming to produce plausible, multi-stakeholder solutions to issues related to digital technologies and violent extremism. Jade has co-led funded research projects investigating Australian and Canadian far-right online (violent) extremism in the context of an ‘online extremist ecosystem’, sociotechnological trends in extreme subcultural communities such as involuntary celibates, the influence of particular social media software features such as Facebook’s ‘Reactions’, and analysing counter violent extremism practices used in Australia and Canada. 

Jade’s approach relies on sociotechnical expertise and empirically validated ecological frameworks, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gather data and devise practices to counter undemocratic and personally unsustainable beliefs or behaviours emerging from digital ecosystems. In addition to his casual teaching positions at Macquarie University and University of Wollongong (Australia), Jade is a Fellow in the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s Emerging Leaders Network and their Digital Futures Forum, and a Research Fellow in the Accelerationism Research Consortium (United States).