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Dr Earvin Cabalquinto



Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2016


Dr Earvin Charles Cabalquinto is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA). His research works lie in the intersections of digital media, mobilities and migration with a particular focus on critically investigating how migration experiences are shaped by an increasingly digitalisation of a contemporary and global society. He is interested in interrogating the possibilities and limits of digital media use in the conduct of personal, familial and social relations beyond borders. Further, his research advances ways of approaching and researching digital practices in a transnational context by deploying ethnographic and visual methodologies. He has published his works in high-ranking international journals such as Mobile Media & Communication, Media, Culture & Society, Information, Communication & Society, and Telematics and Informatics, as well as in edited book collections. He is actively working on several projects that seek to address the digital needs of migrant communities for civic participation in Australia.

Dr Cabalquinto sits in the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies. He also serves as an Associate Editor of Philippine- and Asia-based journals. He has been regularly invited by media outlets in and outside of Australia to give expert advice on a range of topics related to digital media and migration. These media channels include, SBS Filipino, The New Mandala, The Newsletter of International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Geelong Advertiser, Rappler, and so forth.

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Research interests

Digital and social media, Transnational communication, Labour migration, Transnational Ageing, (Im)mobilities in a digital world, Postcolonial content creation, Gender and Digital Media, and Digital Labour.

Teaching interests

Digital media and communication, Digital marketing, Digital Curation, Digital media research methods, and Global communication

Units taught

ALR703: Digital Marketing
ALM302: Digital Media Entrepreneurship
ALC703: Digital Curation
ALM101: Making Social Media
ALC708: Social Media Content Creation
ALA102: Creative Brand Communication

Knowledge areas

Digital media and communication, labour migration, gender studies, mobilities research, transnational ageing studies, digital ethnography, and visual methods.

Media appearances

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. and Tanyag, M. (2021), A murderous plague in the Philippines, New Mandala, 24 March 2021.

Welcome to their channel: How pro-Marcos content creators use deep stories and lax monitoring on YouTube, quotes based on presentation with Professor Cheryll Soriano on 'Marcos Truths on YouTube: Stories and Discursive Styles, 26 February 2021.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2020), Staying Connected, Geelong Advertiser, 4 December 2020.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2020), The COVID-19 Pandemic and Ageing Migrants' Digital Lives, The Disruptr, Deakin University.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2020), From #MulaiBicara to #BabaeAko: Unpacking #MeToo movements across Asia, The Disruptr, Deakin University.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2020), Filipino family life at a distance in the digital era, News from Australia and the Pacific, The Newsletter, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, The Netherlands.

How do Filipino migrants engage in transnational, online communications to keep in touch with families back home, interviewer by Dr. Michael Rivera, the Arch and Anth Podcast, 24 April 2020, [LINK]

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2019), Interrogating the politics of mobile caregiving, Feminist Educational Engagement Lab, Institute of Education, University College London

Expert advice, Want to be a social media influencer? These jobs are for you. This. Deakin University.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2019), Fragmented and Connected: Transnational Filipino Family Life in the Digital Age, Star at 33: Insights 2020: Philippine Star.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2019), A Scholar on the move: Key Reflections of a Visiting Researcher, Blog page of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Lancaster University.

Cabalquinto, E. C. B. (2019), Swipe in the name of love? Filipina agency in interracial digital dating, New Mandala.

Interviews at SBS Filipino:

Filipino seniors most affected by the Facebook news ban, interviewed by Maridel Martinez-Andar, SBS Filipino Radio, 20 February 2021.

What Facebook's news content ban means for Filipinos in Australia, interviewed and quoted by Camille Elemia of Rappler Philippines, 18 February 2021. 

Lesson plan for digital learning, interviewed by Maridel Martinez-Andanar of SBS Melbourne (Radio) in the Filipino Language Program, 29 June 2020.

Filipinas find agency to choose [focus on problematising agency among Filipino women's use of dating applications on a transnational context], interviewed by Maridel Martinez-Andanar of SBS Melbourne (Radio) in the Filipino Language Program, 12 June 2019.

Caring from a distance [focus on mobile device use in transnational caregiving], interviewed by Maridel Martinez-Andanar of SBS Melbourne (Radio) in the Filipino Language Program, 24 October 2018.

Research groups

Research Affiliate, Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare), University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Cultural Studies (2021 - present)

Social Media Editor, Asian Journal of Communication (2020 - present)

Associate Editor, Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society (2020 - present)

Member, Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism Stream, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

Communication, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

Member, Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, Deakin University

Member, Deakin Motion Lab

Member, Association of Internet Researchers

Member, International Communication Association

Member, International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (IMISCOE)


2021 Faculty of Arts and Education Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence, Deakin University.

Visiting Fellow, Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare), University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 2021

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 2019

Recognition of achievement in student satisfaction survey - T1, 2019, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

Commendation for Excellent Teaching Results in 2018, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University.

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Sessional Commendation, Monash University, 2015

Recipient of the Monash Postgraduate Publications Award, 2016

Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS) and Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS) (2012 – 2016)


(1) Digital connectivity in turbulent times: The case of elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people in Melbourne, Australia. This project is funded through the 2020 Pilot Research Grant at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

(2) Cultures of (Im)mobile Entanglements: Doing Research on Digital Media and Migration in Pandemic Times. A collaborative work with Dr Koen Leurs of Utretch University. The project is funded through the 2021 Collaborative Research Plan at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Globalisation and Citizenship.

(3) YouTube and Brokerage of Social Transactions in the Philippines. A collaborative project with Professor Cheryll Soriano of De La Salle University, Philippines.

(4) Foreign Workers in the Care Industry in Australia. A collaborative project with Dr Arlene Ozanne (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Dr Ruth Carlos (Ryukoku University, Japan). The project is granted a Grant Priming Fund from the University of Otago (2019).


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The Paradox of a Mobile Society: Situating Cultural Studies in the Global South Context

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2023), Vol. 26, pp. 22-33, International Journal of Cultural Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

(Im)mobile Homes Family Life at a Distance in the Age of Mobile Media

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2022), Oxford, Eng., A1


Philippine Digital Cultures: Brokerage Dynamics on YouTube

Cheryll Soriano, Earvin Cabalquinto

(2022), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, A1


"Come On, Put Viber, We Can Drink Coffee Together": Performing (Im)mobile Intimacy in Turbulent Times Among Aging Migrants

E Cabalquinto

(2022), Vol. 15, pp. 244-260, Communication, Culture and Critique, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

'Without technology we'd be very stuck': Ageing migrants' differential (im)mobile practices during a lockdown

E Cabalquinto

(2022), Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Between existential mobility and intimacy 5.0: translocal care in pandemic times

Earvin Cabalquinto, Monika Büscher

(2022), pp. 1-10, Media, Culture and Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Care within or out of reach: Fantasies of care and connectivity in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

Earvin Cabalquinto, Tanja Ahlin

(2021), pp. 344-361, Viral Loads: Anthropologies of urgency in the time of COVID-19, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Family : Homeland connections and Family Futures

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2021), pp. 148-156, Routledge Handbook of Social Futures, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Telecocooning in the age of (im)mobility

E Cabalquinto

(2021), Vol. 14, pp. 351-355, Communication, Culture and Critique, C1

journal article

Performing "digital labor bayanihan": strategies of influence and survival in the platform economy

Cheryll Soriano, Earvin Cabalquinto, Joy Panaligan

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 84-111, Sociologias, Porto Alegre, Brazil, C1

journal article

Transnational mobile carework: Filipino migrants, family intimacy, and mobile media

Cecilia Uy-Tioco, Earvin Cabalquinto

(2020), pp. 153-170, Mobile media and social intimacies in Asia : reconfiguring local ties and enacting global relationships, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Researching transnational family life in a mobile era

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2020), pp. 251-262, Handbook of research methods and applications for mobilities, Cheltenham, eng., B1

book chapter

'They could picture me, or I could picture them': 'displaying' family life beyond borders through mobile photography

E Cabalquinto

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1608-1624, Information communication and society, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Elastic carework: the cost and contradictions of mobile caregiving in a transnational household

E Cabalquinto

(2020), Vol. 34, pp. 133-145, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'"It should allow me to opt in or opt out": Investigating smartphone use and the contending attitudes of commuters towards geolocation data collection

E Cabalquinto, B Hutchins

(2020), Vol. 51, Telematics and Informatics, C1

journal article

'Hey, I like ur videos. Super relate!' Locating sisterhood in a postcolonial intimate public on YouTube

E Cabalquinto, C Soriano

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 892-907, Information Communication and Society, C1

journal article

Migrant platformed subjectivity: Rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services

E Cabalquinto, G Wood-Bradley

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 787-802, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Thousand Oaks, CA, C1

journal article

Standby Mothering: Temporalities, Affects, and the Politics of Mobile Intergenerational Care

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2020), Vol. 18, pp. 358-376, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, London, Eng., C1

journal article

[Dis]connected households: transnational family life in the age of mobile internet

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2019), pp. 1-21, Second international handbook of internet research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Digital ties, disrupted togetherness: locating uneven communicative mobilities in transnational family life

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2019), Vol. 4, pp. 49-63, Migration, mobility, & displacement, Victoria, BC, C1

journal article

Ambivalent intimacies: entangled pains and gains through Facebook use in transnational family life

E Cabalquinto

(2018), pp. 247-263, Digital intimate publics & social media, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

"I have always thought of my family first": an analysis of transnational caregiving among Filipino migrant adult children in Melbourne, Australia

E Cabalquinto

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 4011-4029, International journal of communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

journal article

Home on the move: negotiating differential domesticity in family life at a distance

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2018), Vol. 40, pp. 795-816, Media, culture & society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

"We're not only here but we're also there in spirit": asymmetrical mobile intimacy and the transnational Filipino family

E Cabalquinto

(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 37-52, Mobile media & communication, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Exploring the digital divide in the ageing migrant's personal home

Dr Earvin Cabalquinto

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2023: $17,307


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