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The impact of technology on gambling problems


Emergent technologies such as the Internet, blockchain, and mobile devices are contributing to the development of gambling problems and causing disproportionate risk for young people. Research is needed to define and understand risk-taking behaviours and decision making related to new technologies conceptually and the issues around these, particularly pertaining to mental health and well-being. This research will focus on the impact of technology on the development of behavioural addictions, principally gambling disorder. Research is needed to guide policies to minimise problematic behaviours and harm and promote healthy decision making when engaging with emerging technologies.


Professor Sally Gainsbury.

Research location

School of Psychology

Program type



This is a newly developed field and there are many potential projects and topics to examine including: Understanding the impacts of the inclusion of skill and video game features within gambling games, examination of blockchain gambling, as well as how new technologies may be used to minimise gambling harms.

The methods will include a systematic review and a focus on applied and experimental research as well as options for qualitative and quantitative methods. Opportunities will be considered for accessing real-world opportunities to conduct research.

Additional information

The student will be based in the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic as well as the Technology Addiction Team which are situated in the School of Psychology and Brain and Mind Centre. This will afford the student many opportunities in addition to the excellent resources and training available to postgrad students at the University of Sydney.


HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2159

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