Harry joined UEA as a lecturer in education after successfully completing his PhD at UEA in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He has a broad academic background, with degrees in linguistics and social science research methods, as well as his ongoing research in online identity presentation.


Given his broad academic background, Harry's research and teaching interests are equally expansive, and include education, digital sociology, identity theory, social theory, science and technology studies, research methodology, ethics, sociolinguistics, poststructuralism, and media and education. Harry's current research is in the emerging field of Digital Sociology, in which he looks at the online identities of young people, unpacking how the internet affects how young people understand and engage with the world around them. His work particularly focuses on the relationship between user, platform design, and technology, proposing a new theoretical framework through which to consider identity performances online.

He received UEA’s 2016 award for PGR public engagement, and is currently working on a project detailing LGBTQ students’ online experiences, looking at how universities can best suuport, represent, and help their students.

All Publications

Dyer, H. T.


The Presentation of Selfie in Everyday Life: Considering the Relationship Between Social Media Design and User in the Online Actions and Interactions of Young People,

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society .

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ISBN 978-1-4503-4847-8

Full Text

(Conference contribution)


Dyer, H.


Interactivity, social media, and Superman: How comic books can help us understand and conceptualize interactivity online,

in Digital sociology in everyday life.

Policy Press

pp. 213

ISBN 978-1447329053

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Dyer, H. T.


All the Web’s a Stage: The Effects of Design and Modality on Youth Performances of Identity,

in Technology and Youth: Growing Up in a Digital World.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

pp. 213-242

ISBN 978-1-78560-265-8

Full Text UEA Repository