Academic Work

I’ve long been interested in using academic methodologies and theories to better understand the digital and social media landscape. I also enjoy sharing my experience and thinking with students and academics.

Over the years, I’ve gained a BA in Education (Drake), MA with Distinction in Sociology (Essex), MPhil in Communication Studies (Liverpool) and a PgDip in Law (Hertfordshire).

During my academic career, I contributed articles to a number of edited scholarly collections on the social scientific study of life online. These include:

  • Online Communities: Commerce, Community Action and the Virtual University (on Amazon)
  • Virtuelle Gruppen: Charakteristika und Problemdimensionen (on Amazon)
  • Social Research Methods: A Reader (on Amazon)
  • Online Matchmaking (on Amazon)
  • Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies (on Amazon)

Back in 1996, I set up a peer reviewed online journal, CyberSociology, to showcase the work of postgraduate and professional researchers trying to make sense of the emergent world of online communication. The archive of the site remains an important resource of early studies of life online.

I’ve been a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Journalism at City University and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. I’ve also delivered lectures and workshops at over a dozen universities including:

  • University of Westminster
  • City University, London
  • Cardiff University
  • IE Business School (Madrid)
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Bristol University
  • Liverpool University
  • Manchester University
  • Manchester Metropolitan
  • University of Salford
  • Queen Mary University
  • London College of Fashion
  • Czech Technical University (Prague)
  • Karlstad University (Sweden)
  • Tischner European University (Krakow, Poland)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing

…I’m sure there were a handful of others, now forgotten, and I’ve hosted many University delegations as they’ve passed through London.

Interested in having me present or run a workshop at your academic or training institution? Get in touch…

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