Aleesha Rodriguez

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    PhD Candidate

    Aleesha Rodriguez is a PhD candidate in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. For her PhD, Aleesha employs digital methods to detect, visualise, and analyse online public debate about Tesla’s (big) battery—the colloquial name for the object that materialised as the ‘world’s largest lithium-ion battery’ in late November 2017, when the Hornsdale Power Reserve was built by Tesla in South Australia. Through this research, she explores how Tesla’s (big) battery mediates new kinds of sociotechnical relations that pertain to possible energy futures. Aleesha’s broader research agenda examines public communication on digital platforms to explore how people and technology mutually and dynamically, shape each other. Her research has featured in The Conversation, TEDxQUT, and ABC Radio. Aleesha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History, History, and Studies in Religion; a Diploma of Arts in Sociology; and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology—all from the University of Queensland, Australia.

    Thesis title: A controversy analysis of Tesla’s (big) battery in Australia

    • Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell
    • Associate supervisor: Prof. Jean Burgess
    • Associate supervisor: Dr Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez