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Biography

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 (harrytdyer.com). 

 

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.

Areas Of Expertise

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

 

Administrative Posts

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

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Digital sociology, social media, youth and digital technology, identity online, digital research methodology, digital ethics, actor-network theory, post-structuralism, social media and education, Flat Earth communities, socio-cultural dynamics online 

Professional Activities

Editor of Digital Culture and Education

 

Co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Digital Sociology group

Teaching Interests

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

Research Group Membership

Critical Culture Studies in Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

24 Sep 201215 Dec 2016

Award Date: 15 Dec 2016

Master of Research, University of East Anglia

24 Sep 201126 Jul 2012

Award Date: 26 Jul 2012

Bachelor of Arts, King's College London

1 Sep 200723 Jun 2010

Award Date: 23 Jul 2010