I'm currently a Research Fellow in the Communication and Computing Research Centre (CCRC) in Sheffield Hallam University. My research focuses around the sociology of communication and digital media: how people make use of and interact with technology and digital media, as well as issues associated with new media and society, digital inclusion and digital and media literacy.
I have worked on a variety of interdisciplinary research projects at Sheffield Hallam University since 2008 (including commercial consultancy through knowledge transfer activity as well as on academic based project work). From providing groups of adult refugee learners with ICT and journalism training and helping to enhance their digital and media skills, to studying digital inclusion in association with Sheffield City Council, these projects have resulted in local community interventions - including setting up computer club's for people who were otherwise considered to be 'digitally excluded'.
Currently I'm working on an EU project entitled CultureLabs (2018-2021) which seeks to develop a platform to support heritage institutions such as libraries, museums and theatres who wish to work with communities from immigrant, refugees or migrant backgrounds in order to share cultural heritage and understanding, through co-design.
I am also a co-investigator on a Nuffield funded project entitled 'My big data and me' (2019-2021 in association with the University of Liverpool and Glasgow University) which seeks to understand the levels of and variations in UK citizens data literacy, and to develop policy and educational materials to support improving this. The project will explore the extent of citizens’ data literacy through survey data and citizen workshops; develop training and support materials for schools, universities and third sector groups in order to enhance citizen’s data literacy and develop policy recommendations for stakeholders on enhancing citizen data literacy.
Science, Technology and Arts
Media Studies (Undergraduate) - Media Arts and Communication
Cultural Policy (Postgraduate) - Media Arts Communication
- Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research, Communication and Computing Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute