Ash Watson is a sociologist and writer living in Sydney, Australia.

She is a current postdoctoral fellow at the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney, researching digital data and technological futures, and former postgraduate Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD was awarded by Griffith University in late 2018. She is interested in sociological and speculative fiction, and creative research methods.

Her writing has appeared in Overland, SCUM, Bareknuckle Poet, BrainDrip and more. Her zines have featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair (part of Sydney Writers Festival), the National Young Writers’ Festival Zine Fair, and OtherWorlds.

Ash is the creator and editor of So Fi Zine, an open access publication for creative social science. The zine has a wide international readership and has featured guest contributions by Howard Becker, Raewyn Connell, Les Back, Nirmal Puwar, Michael Burawoy, Patricia Leavy and other internationally leading sociologists.

She is also the invited inaugural editor of The Sociological Review‘s online fiction series, publishing high-quality short stories that imaginatively extend sociology’s study of society into fiction.

Ash is the elected Secretary (2019-2020) for The Australian Sociological Association.

Tweet her at @awtsn or email ashleigh.watson@unsw.edu.au.