I am a Reader in Media and Communication and Assistant Head, School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. My background is in film and media studies, and I have a PhD in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. I joined the School in August 2020, having previously worked at the University of Leicester and, before that, at the Institute of Education.
My research focuses on ethics, qualitative research method, and the study of media audiences and online fan communities. I am the author of Diagramming the Social: Relational Method in Research (with Russell Dudley-Smith)(Routledge, in press) and Undoing Ethics: Rethinking Practice in Online Research (Springer, 2012).
My ESRC-funded PhD examined pedagogic activity within online television and videogame fan communities and in 2009 I secured funding from the British Academy for a project looking at the ethical manoeuvring of media audiences. I am currently completing a project examining the affective dimension of cultural work in the context of the closure of an independent DVD-rental store, and am developing a new project looking at modes of apprenticeship and creativity within contemporary makeup culture.
My work has been published in journals including the British Educational Research Journal;Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Journal of Fandom Studies; Forum: Qualitative Social Research; International Journal of Internet Research Ethics; Participations: International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies; and Qualitative Research.
I have served as ethics advisor for Horizon 2020 projects, chaired an Ethics Committee at the University of Leicester, and am a member of the Association of Internet Researchers Ethics Committee.
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students with interests in the above areas.