Research Projects

My Photographic Memory (2014-2017)

Photography of everyday, mundane life has increased since the introduction of digital devices such as smartphone and tablets. More than ever, we are recording everyday life on these devices and sharing them on visual social media platforms such as Instagram, which saw 300 million active users  in December 2014.

This piece of research will seek to explore the networked image, and how something goes from an offline object or moment to an edited, curated, commented online image.

This is a PhD project at the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) at Goldsmiths, University of London. The project is being supervised by Dr Noortje Marres and Professor Daniel Neyland.

Coffee and Wifi  (2013)

The role of the cafe in digital life has changed markedly in the past decade. Where previously we saw dedicated internet cafes full of desktop computers on the high street, we now see independent and mainstream cafes full of freelancers, students and other workers on laptops, tablets and mobile devices, connecting via wifi.

Read Coffee and Wifi dissertation (pdf)

The research:

  • examined the existing dynamics of traditional cafe culture via literature review.
  • used ethnographic and creative qualitative research methods to determine how the ubiquity of wifi has disrupted traditional cafe culture and shaped a new culture.
  • examined current discourse around wifi in cafes on Twitter, FourSquare and other platforms, using quantitative digital social research methods.

This project examined how the use of wifi in cafés changes the dynamic of social groups and settings. She used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore this topic further.

These methods included:

  • Ethnography
  • interviews in cafe settings
  • Social network analysis
  • Discourse analysis

This was an MA dissertation project supervised by  Dr Nina Wakeford from the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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