Professor Supriya Singh
Professor, Sociology of Communications
Graduate School of Business & Law
+61 3 9925 1327
Head, Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre, RMIT Business
Program Leader, Community, Migration and Development, Global Cities Research Institute.
Research and PhD supervision
BA (Hons, English Literature) University of Delhi
MA (Sociology), University of Delhi
MA (Political Science), Drew University, Madison, NJ
PhD (Sociology and Anthropology), La Trobe University
Industry experience is through working with industry partners in the Smart Services CRC.
Community and Professional Representation
2011- presentBoard Member, Communications Policy Research South (CPRsouth).
2011-presentMember, Advisory Committee, Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University
2011-presentMember, Program Board of the 5th International Conference on Internationalization, Design and Global Development (IDGD2013).
2002 – 2008Director and Secretary, Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)
2001-2002President, Sikh Welfare Council of Victoria, Inc.
1993-1998Consumer representative on the Australian Payments System Council which advised the Federal Treasurer on the payments system.
1994-1998Counsellor, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
1990-1994Member, Management Committee, Consumer Credit Legal Service, Victoria
Awards and prizes
2006 RMIT Research Awards: RMIT Innovation Award Team, Business Portfolio (Jointly with Prof Margaret Jackson and Dr Roslyn Russell).
2005 Certificate of Recognition from the Sikh Welfare Council of Victoria, for the exhibition “Textiles and Tales: Punjabi Women in Victoria”.
1995The Jean Martin Prize, 1995 for the best Sociology PhD thesis in Australia, 1993-1995, by the Australian Sociological Association. The Jean Martin Prize is the most coveted research award in sociology in Australia and is awarded after a peer review of doctoral theses over a two year period.
1981 Journalist of the Year awarded by the Malaysian Press Institute, Kuala Lumpur
1965 The Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Medal for being the most outstanding student of Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India, 1965.
Supriya’s research focuses on the sociology of money and banking; migration, remittances and the transnational family; globalisation, user centred design of information and communication technologies; and methodological issues relating to qualitative research.
Supriya Singh (forthcoming, October 2013) Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefied
Supriya Singh (forthcoming, 2013). The Girls Ate Last. Eltham, VIC: Angsana Publications.
Alperhan Babacan and Supriya Singh (Eds) (2010) Migration, Belonging and the Nation State. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Supriya Singh (1997) Marriage Money: The Social Shaping of Money in Marriage and Banking. St: Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Supriya Singh (1991) The Bankers: Australia’s Leading Bankers Talk About Banking Today. North Sydney, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Supriya Singh (1984) Bank Negara Malaysia: The First 25 years, 1959-1984. Kuala Lumpur: Bank Negara Malaysia.
Supriya Singh (1984) On the Sulu Sea. Kuala Lumpur: Angsana Publications.
Supriya Singh and Anuja Cabraal (Forthcoming 2013 ‘Boomerang remittances’ and circular care among Indian transnational families in Australia, In Loretta.Baldassar and Laura Merla (Eds): Transnational Families, migration and kin-work: from care chains to care circulation,Routledge
Singh, S.,Cabraal, A. and Robertson, S. (2010) Remittances as a medium of relationship and belonging. In A. Babacan and S. Singh (Eds): Migration, Belonging and the Nation State, pp 85-104, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Supriya Singh (2009). Balancing separateness and jointness of money in relationships: The design of bank accounts in Australia and India. InN. Aykin (Ed.): Internationalization, Design, LNCS 5623, pp. 505–514, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Supriya Singh (2009) Mobile Remittances: Design for Financial Inclusion. Human Computer Interaction International. N. Aykin (Ed.): Internationalization, Design, LNCS 5623, pp. 515–524, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Nimmi Ramaswamy and Supriya Singh (2009) Personalizing the Shared Mobile Phone. Human Computer Interaction International. In N. Aykin (Ed.): Internationalization, Design, LNCS 5623, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Supriya Singh, Margaret Jackson and Jenine Beekhuyzen (2008) Privacy and Banking in Australia. In Manish Gupta and Raj Sharman (eds) Handbook of Research on Social and Organizational Liabilities in Information Security. Chapter X., Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Supriya Singh (2007). Social and Cultural Practice Collides with Security Design (2007) In Larry Stillman and Graeme Johanson (eds). Constructing and Sharing Memory: Community Informatics, Identity and Empowerment: Selected papers from the 3rd Prato International Community Informatics Conference; Community Informatics Research Network 9- 11 October 2006, pp 254-264, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
Supriya Singh (2007) Sending money home: Money and Family in the Indian Diaspora. In Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Brij Maharaj (eds.). Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader, New Delhi: Rawat Publication.
Supriya Singh (2007). The Digital Packaging of Electronic Money. Usability and Internationalization.Global and Local User Interfaces.N. Aykin, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. Part II, HCII 2007: 469-475.
Supriya Singh, Cabraal, A., Demosthenous, C., Astbrink, G., & Furlong, M (2007). Security Design Based on Social and Cultural Practice: Sharing of Passwords Usability and Internationalization. Global and Local User Interfaces. N. Aykin, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. Part II, HCII 2007: 476-485
Singh, S, Jackson, M, Beekhuyzen, J & Waycott, J, (2005). Downloading vs Purchase: Music Industry vs Consumers. In Safavi-Naini, & Yung (eds) (2005) Digital Rights Management Technologies, Issues, Challenges and Systems, Springer: German, pp. 52-65. http://www.springerlink.com/content/534643397m125113/fulltext.pdf
Supriya Singh and Christine Satchell (2004) Trust, control and design: A study of computer scientists. In H. Linger, J. Fisher, W. Wojtkowski, W. G. Wojtkowski, J. Zupancic, K. Vigo & J. Arnold (Eds.), Constructing the Infrastructure for the Knowledge Economy: Methods and Tools, Theory and Structure (pp. 417 -429). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Journal articles (refereed)
Singh, S. and Cabraal, A. (2013). Remittances as a Currency of Care: Contested Representations of Money and the Idea of Family, South Asia, 36(1): 50-64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2012.710304
Supriya Singh, Meredith Blake, and Jonathan O’Donnell (2013) Digitizing Pacific Cultural Collections: The Australian Experience, International Journal of Cultural Property, 20:77–107.
Singh, S., & Blake, M. (2012). The Digitization of Pacific Cultural Collections: Consulting with Pacific Diasporic Communities and Museum Experts.Curator The Museum Journal 55(1), 95-105.
Singh, S., & Bhandari, M. (2012 ). Money management and control in the Indian joint family across generations.The Sociological Review, 60(1), 46-67.
Singh, S., Cabraal, A., & Robertson, S. (2012). Transnational family money: Remittances, gifts and inheritance.Journal of Intercultural Studies.33:5, 475-492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2012.701606
Singh, S. (2011). Indian students in Melbourne: Challenges to Multiculturalism. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32(6), 673-689.
Supriya Singh and Clive Morley (2011)Financial Accounts, Money Management and Control in Intimate Relationships, Journal of Sociology, 47(1), 3-16.).
Supriya Singh (2010) Banking on the National Broadband Network, Communications, Politics and Culture, 43(1), 91-107.
Supriya Singh, Shanthi Robertson and Anuja Cabraal (2010) Remittances as a Currency of Care: A Focus on “Twice Migrants” among the Indian Diaspora in Australia, Journal of Comparative Family StudiesVol XXXXI (2), 245-263
Supriya Singh and Anuja Cabraal (2010) Indian Students and Community Sustainability, People and Place, 18, 19-30.
Supriya Singh (2007) Sending Money Home - Maintaining Family and Community. International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS), Vol 3 (2), pp. 93-109.
Supriya Singh (2006) The Social Dimensions of the Security of Internet Banking,Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp 72-78. http://www.jtaer.com/
Supriya Singh (2006) Towards a Sociology of Money and Family in the Indian Diaspora. Contributions to Indian Sociology ,Vol. 40, Issue 3, pp. 375-398.
Supriya Singh (2005) Rigour Versus Timeliness In Design Studies. Qualitative Research Journal, 5(2): 31-40.
Supriya Singh, Kylie Cassar Bartolo and Christine Satchell (2005) Grounded Theory and User Requirements: A Challenge for Qualitative Research. Australian Journal of Information Systems, 12(2): 90-102
Supriya Singh (2004) Impersonalisation of electronic money: Implications for bank marketing. International Journal of Bank Marketing, 22(7), 504:521.
Supriya Singh and Lyn Richards (2003) Missing data: Finding 'central' themes in qualitative research. Qualitative Research Journal, 3(1), 5-17.
Supriya Singh (2001) The medium of money. Southern Review, 34(2), 26-43.
Supriya Singh (2001) Gender and the use of the Internet at home. New Media and Society, 3(4), 395-416.
Supriya Singh (2001) Studying the user: A matter of perspective. Media International Australia. No. 98, February, 112-128.
Supriya Singh (2000) Electronic Commerce and the Sociology of Money. Sociological Research Online, 4 (4). http://www.socresonline.org.uk/4/4/singh.html as at 1 January 2001.
Supriya Singh (1999) Electronic money: Understanding its use to increase the effectiveness of policy. Telecommunications Policy. 23 (10&11), November and December.
Supriya Singh (1996) The cultural distinctiveness of money. Sociological Bulletin, 45(1), March, 61-85.
Supriya Singh and Jo Lindsay (1996) Money in heterosexual relationships,.Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology.
Refereed Conference papers ( 2004-2011)
Singh, S. and Morley, C. (2009)“Young Australians' Privacy, Security and Trust in Internet Banking” Presented at OZCHI. Melbourne, November 2009.
Singh, S., Fleischmann, K., Ponton, T. and Bellamy, S.(2009) “Alleviating Privacy and Security Concerns in Financial Aggregation Programs. Presented at the Communications Policy Research Forum, Sydney, November 2009.
Singh, S.(2008) The Social and Cultural Interpretation of Number: A Focus on Remittances as a Currency of Care. Paper presented at the Australian Sociological Association Conference, Melbourne, December.
Singh, S., Cabraal, A., Demosthenous, C., Astbrink, G., & Furlong, M. (2007) Password Sharing: Implications for Security Design Based on Social Practice. Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference, San Jose, 30 April to 3 May, http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/1250000/1240759/p895-singh.pdf?key1=1240759&key2=4317640421&coll=GUIDE&dl=ACM&CFID=31588864&CFTOKEN=15785624
Beekhuyzen, J., Cabraal, A., von Hellens, L., Singh, S. (2006). Confessions of a virtual team. QualIT 2006 Conference, Brisbane, November.
Cabraal A, Russell R, and Singh S. (2006) Microfinance: Development as Freedom, Paper presented at the Financial Literacy, Banking and Identity Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 25-26 October 2006. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/36ym1jz2mrqez.pdf
Demosthenous C, Robertson, B., Cabraal A, and Singh S. (2006) Cultural Identity and Financial Literacy: Australian Aboriginal Experiences of Money and Money Management. Paper presented at the Financial Literacy, Banking and Identity Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 25-26 October 2006. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/57nqr11j9s2fz.pdf
Singh, S. (2006) UCD of financial services at the Smart Internet Technology Centre. An extended abstract presented at CHI 06, Montreal. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1125451.1125513
Singh S, and Cabraal, A (2006) Women, Money and Banks. Paper presented at the Financial Literacy, Banking and Identity Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 25-26 October 2006.
Singh, S, Cabraal, A, Hermansson, (2006). What is Your Husband’s name? Sociological dimensions of Internet Banking Authentication, Paper to be presented to OZCHI 2006, Sydney, 20-24th November
Singh, S., Jackson, M, Beekhuyzen, J. and Cabraal, A. (2006) The Bank and I. Paper presented at the CHI 06 Workshop on Privacy-Enhanced Personalization. http://www.isr.uci.edu/pep06/papers/Proceedings_PEP06.pdf
Jackson, M, Singh, S, Waycott, J & Beekhuyzen, J. (2005). DRMs, Fair Use and Users’ Experience of Sharing Music. Paper presented at DRM 2005, the fifth ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, Alexandria V.A. USA - November 7, 2005. (http://www.titr.uow.edu.au/DRM2005/drm%2Dprogram.html)
Satchell, C., and Singh, S. (2005) The Mobile Phone as the Globalizing Icon of the Early 21st Century. Paper presented at the Human Computer Interaction International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 22-27 July. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/acskqncnfu6wz.pdf
Satchell, C., Zic, J., and Singh, S. (2005) Creating the Ideal Digital Self: 3G Mobile Phone Content Production and Distribution as Social Communication. PICS Workshop at the Ubicomp 2005, The Seventh International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Tokyo, September 11-14. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/wsuucner3urj.pdf
Singh, S, Jackson, M, Beekhuyzen, J & Waycott, J, (2005). Downloading vs Purchase: Music Industry vs Consumers. In Safavi-Naini, & Yung (eds) (2005) Digital Rights Management Technologies, Issues, Challenges and Systems, Springer: German, pp. 52-65.
Waycott, J, Singh, S, Jackson, M & Beekhuyzen, J, (2005) Digital Rights Management and consumers’ use of music: An activity theory perspective, Paper presented at the Second QualIT Conference, Brisbane, November 24-25. (http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=asbmgrnkd7qo;
Castro, M. and S. Singh (2004) Rigour at a trotting pace: A story from the user-centred design of smart internet technologies. QualIT, Brisbane, Australia, 25-26 November.
Satchell, C., Singh, S. and Zic, J. (2004) 3G Multimedia Content Production as Social Communication. Proceedings of the OzCHI, Wollongong, Australia
Satchell, C. and Singh, S. (2004) User Problems - Design Solutions: Swarms for Nomads. Paper presented at the Ubicom2nd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Systems for Supporting Social Interaction and Face-to-Face Communication in Public Spaces, Nottingham.
Singh, S, Charlotte Scarf and Bronwyn Coate (2004) Building a Research Culture: A Formative Evaluation of the Business Research Interns Seminar Series. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers in Education Nov. 30th to Dec. 3rd, 2004, Melbourne, Australia
Singh, S. and Kylie Cassar Bartolo (2004) The Privacy of Money and Health: A User Study. Proceedings of the OzCHI, Wollongong, Australia.