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 interdisciplinary. They include (but are not limited to) education, digital sociology, identity theory, social theory, science and technology studies, research methodology, ethics, sociolinguistics, poststructuralism, comic book studies, and media and education. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraudate students.


Harry's current research is in the field of Digital Sociology, in which he looks at the online identities of young people, unpacking how the social media shapes the ways in which 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 a big believer in discussing his research publicly. He has give TED talks and other public seminars, written for The Conversation, appeared in local, national, and international newspapers, appeared on podcasts, and can often be found discussing research on Twitter, or on his popular blog ( 


Harry is currently working on a number of projects, including research into 'flat earth' communities, research into online identity presentation for young people with mental health issues, and research into social media and transitions to higher education.

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.


Research should not allow the loud voice of online content production to drown out the quiet majority of internet users: Politics of Data,

Full Text

(Other 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

Full Text

(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



Key Research Interests

social media, youth and digital technology, identity online, digital research methodology, digital ethics, actor-network theory, post-structuralism, social media and education

Teaching Interests

Educational theory, social theory, social media, digital sociology, media and culture, comic book studies, ethics, social science methodology

Professional Activities

Editor of Digital Culture and Education

Administrative Posts

Media co-ordinator for the School of Education and Lifelong Learning