TechSex aims to enhance knowledge and explore important implications of new digital, mechanical and medical technologies that are transforming the sexual lives of many Australians.

Our Aims

This project will explore the diverse ways in which people have incorporated new technologies into their sexual and intimate lives and reveal how this is changing or expanding people’s sexual opportunities and experiences. We also aim to understand potential risks that may be associated with sex and new technologies, such as privacy breaches or sexual harassment, and look at strategies to build cyber-sexual literacy. Additionally, through a DECRA fellowship, we seek to understand how men are negotiating sex, consent, and intimacy.


This project receives funding from the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Scheme (DP190102027, 2019-2022) and the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE200101539, 2020-2023)

Project Details

This project is divided into a number of smaller projects (some of which to be determined) covering varying aspects concerning sex and technology, and various research methodologies. To find out more, please check out our Studies page, or click below to access past and current projects:

Sex and intimacy during COVID-19

Understanding techno-sexual cultures

Men, sex & intimacy

Law, sex and technologies

Smart sex: designers

Smart sex: users

Host Institution

This project is led by a team of international researchers who specialise in sex and sexuality, technology studies, women and gender studies, law and legal studies, and sexual health research, as well as a team of research officers and PhD students to support the managing of the project.

It is based at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. ARCSHS is a centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships. It works collaboratively and in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals in relevant fields to produce research that advances knowledge and promotes positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.

To find out more about the research team, click here.


Individual projects have undergone ethics review from the La Trobe University Ethics Committee. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Dr Jennifer Power ( HEC20130, HEC19432, HEC20492) jennifer.power@latrobe.edu.au), Dr Andrea Waling (HEC20110 a.waling@latrobe.edu.au) or the Senior Research Ethics Officer (+61 3 9479 1443 humanethics@latrobe.edu.au) and reference the appropriate ethics number.

► Sex and intimacy during COVID-19 (HEC20130)

► Understanding techno-sexual cultures (HEC19432)

► Men, sex & intimacy (HEC20110)

► Smart sex designers and users (HEC20492)