I am currently working as a research associate position in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, carrying out various research projects within the fields of digital media and communications. I am also one of the coordinators of the Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group, a multidisciplinary research network examining the relationships between digital technology and social, political and cultural change.
I have recently completed my doctoral research in sociology at the University of Glasgow which examined young people’s engagement with social media platforms and the ways in which their understandings and practices were informed by the techno-social structures of the platforms, and by broader power relations.
My research interests include: the impacts of digital data, platforms and technologies on society; the unequal distribution of power and responsibility between private corporations and users; the pervasive neoliberal ideology underlying representations, understandings and uses of technology and data; the normalisation of surveillance in everyday life, as well as the innovative repurposing of new media in social research.
- Media and Communications
- The Politics of Data
- Datafication of Everyday Life
- Critical Digital Literacy
- Critical Social Media Research
- Surveillance and Privacy
- Critical Perspectives and the Political Economy of the Internet
- Youth Studies
- Using New Media and Digital Technologies in Social Research
- Social Theory, especially the works of Bourdieu, De Certeau and Foucault
- Qualitative Research Methods
Throughout the research projects I worked on, I used a range of different qualitative research methods, including semi-structured interviews, digital methods, focus groups, and participatory photography.