My research is driven by an interest in 1) examining the impacts of datafication, digital platforms and technologies on social relations, social justice and experiences of inequality, 2) exploring new forms of inclusive data governance and stewardship, and challenging the asymmetrical power relations between private corporations and citizens to build fairer societies and 3) using digital and participatory research methods to critically engage citizens with data processes and support them to enact their digital rights.
I am currently looking at data and urban governance in the UK as part of an international collaborative project on Smart Publics. The project explores the materialisation of smart cities and the ways in which smart street furniture (e.g. smart benches, InLink kiosks) fits into existing urban landscapes and governance processes.
My doctoral research in Sociology examined the ways in which young people’s engagement with digital platforms was actively negotiated – and at times resisted – while also being informed by the platforms’ architectures, corporate interests and the neoliberal ideology underpinning them. The research focused in particular on peer monitoring and profile-checking practices routinely conducted on digital platforms and normalised as part of social media interactivity. As part of my MRes project, I also used participatory photo-voice with young people to explore their lived experiences of everyday surveillance.