Lecturer in Digital Cultures, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
Dr Olga Boichak is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures at the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is a sociologist with expertise in computational social science, and her research interests span networks, narratives, and cultures of activism in the digital age. She is a Chief Investigator on Emerging Online Safety Issues – an eSafety Commissioner-funded project that explores patterns of social media use among young people, as well as the organiser of SICSS-Sydney – an international state-of-the-art training program in computational social science.
Before joining the University of Sydney in 2019, Olga was a visiting scholar at Ryerson University (Canada) and a research assistant at the Center for Computational and Data Sciences (Syracuse University, USA), where she contributed to the development of tools and analytic techniques that support social listening, bot detection, information literacy, and decision-making in complex scenarios. Prior to becoming an academic, she managed political campaigns in Ukraine and ran the Centre for Public Opinion Research (2005-2015), as well as served as Ukraine’s youth delegate to the United Nations (2014).
Boichak is an editor of the Digital War journal and has a track record of publications that lay the groundwork for new directions in information warfare research, particularly in the areas of participatory warfare, orchestrated information operations, mapping interactions among online communities, diasporic humanitarianism surrounding conflicts, and the use of crowds in open-source intelligence. Her work has appeared, among others, in Big Data & Society, International Journal of Communication, Media, War & Conflict, Global Networks, and the Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Digital Media. Boichak is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the Fulbright Fellowship (2014), International Communication Association’s Top Paper Award (2019), Higher Education Academy Fellowship (2021), and the University of Sydney SOAR Prize (2022-2023).