Jenna Harb

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Jenna Imad Harb is a Research Fellow based at RegNet, the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University (ANU). Her research examines how inequality, regulation, transnational governance, and digital technologies interface in the delivery of crisis relief. She has published on issues of anti-violence technologies, policing technologies, data protection, digital platforms, the regulation and social implications of AI, and the financialization of welfare.

She has several years of experience conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Middle East and United States and collaborating with humanitarian practitioners and researchers on the sector’s use of biometric technology. She has delivered invited lectures on her research to Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Mongolian Human Rights Commission, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, The Australian Sociological Association, and University of Melbourne, as well as presented at conferences all around the world. She holds memberships in several research communities including the ANU Justice and Technoscience Lab and Labor Tech Research Network. Jenna has also worked with Data & Society to contribute to its blog series on ‘Toward a Mindful Digital Welfare State’ and has published her research in other open-access venues, including The Conversation, Power to Persuade, and Bread&Net, which is hosted by Social Media Exchange.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Regulation and the Digital Welfare State: Transformations of Crisis Response in Lebanon , The Australian National University

Feb 2020Nov 2023

Sociology, Master, University of Waterloo

Sept 2015Aug 2016

Legal Studies (Honours), Bachelor, University of Waterloo

Sept 2011May 2015


  • HM Sociology
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races

Expertise Areas

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Critical Data Studies
  • Welfare and Social Assistance
  • Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
  • Critical Feminist Theory
  • Global governance and Regulatory Institutions
  • Human Migration and Mobility
  • Technology and Digital Transformation


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