Dr Eric L. Hsu is an Australian-based social scientist who specializes in the sociology of sleep, the sociology of time, the social analysis of automation and robotics, and the social theory of disasters and globalization. His work has appeared in leading international journals such as in Sociology, Time & Society, and Technology in Society. He is editor, most recently, of a 4-volume major works series set on Sleep: Critical Concepts in Sociology (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor (with Anthony Elliott) of The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016). An article of his appearing in the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association was shortlisted for the 2018 SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence.
Dr Hsu is a Lecturer in Sociology at the Justice & Society Academic Unit at the University of South Australia, where he also serves as Co-Research Platform Leader on 'Migration, Mobilities, and Cultural Identities in EU and Australia' at the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Currently he is the Reviews Editor (with Katrine Hartmann-Petersen) of Applied Mobilities and he serves on the International Steering Committee of the Permanent Prospective Workshop on 'Robo-mobile Life', co-organized by the French Ministry of Transport.
More recently, he has begun to study the social aspects of automation and robotics. He is part of a research team led by Professor Anthony Elliott, which is studying robotic and automated technologies from a sociological and mobilities perspective. These studies have received funding from the Australia Research Council and the Toyota Foundation and they examine phenomena such as driverless vehicles and robotics in aged care.