My present research explores digital inequality on the UK’s largest student online community. I have focused on four contrasting sections of the site, using participant observation and qualitative interviews. I am additionally using my work as a case study to appraise the efficacy of Bourdieu’s conceptual framework for tracing and understanding digital inequalities. Despite the considerable impact of Bourdieu’s work, his ideas have only been operationalized in internet research to a limited degree. Therefore, my research is intended to inform debates about new media theory and methodology more broadly.
An interesting theme emerging from my work is the significance of the community’s online reputation system for enabling users to convert offline capitals into an accessible, online form, and in leading to the formation of distinct online fields of struggle over the local symbolic goods that emerge.
- BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (2010)
- MPhil Modern Societies and Global Transformations, University of Cambridge (2011)
Key Research Interests
Social Theory, Pierre Bourdieu, Digital Inequality, Online Reputation and Rating systems, Digital Labour, Online Methodology
Social Theory and Cultural Studies
- Seminar leader for PSI module ‘Understanding Media Cultures’ (2012-13 – 2013-14)
- Seminar leader for PSI module ‘Social and Political Theory’ (2013-14)
- Dissertation supervisor for MA in Media, Culture and Society (2012-13)
- Supervisor for ‘Social Theory’, University of Cambridge (2013-14)