Dr Earvin Cabalquinto



Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Education


Geelong Waurn Ponds 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 MediaDigital Practices, 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.

Research groups

Communication, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

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

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

Member, Association of Internet Researchers.


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

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

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

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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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

Telecocooning in the age of (im)mobility

Earvin Cabalquinto

(2021), Vol. 14, pp. 351-355, Communication, culture and critique, Oxford, Eng., 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, pp. 1-10, Telematics and Informatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

Earvin Cabalquinto, Cheryll Soriano

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 892-907, Information, community & society, Abingdon, Eng., 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

Industry and Other Funding

Digital Media, Democracy and Youth in East and Southeast Asia

Dr Jian Xu, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Earvin Cabalquinto, Dr Amelia Johns

  • 2020: $4,271


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