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Personal Statement

I specialise in the critical analyses of gender, race and digitality/technology. My current research looks at digialities and technopractices in everyday life that oppress, marginalise and otherwise disadvantage minority groups within the context of digital society and culture. With recently funded projects (including a British Academy/Leverhulme) in the area of digital disconnection and the politics of resistance, my latest co-authored book (with Adi Kuntsman) on this subject is entitled, Paradoxes of Digital Disengagement: In Search of the Opt-out button (2022).

Related to this work, I am part of the Scottish Government's Independent Expert Group, working on the Unlocking the Value of Scotland's Public Sector Personal Data Programme.

My research also examines issues surrounding race and gender in media, culture and society. I am passionate about the politics of representation, in particular, the racialisation of East Asian identities. My previous monograph, The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture (2018) politicises representations of technology in film, advertising, television and anime/manga within the context of the US, the UK and Japan. 

I have also been involved in digital health research (health apps/data and Long Covid). This work has led me to be part of the Scottish Parliament's Scottish Long Covid Cross-Party Group, which brings together MSPs, charities and support groups in Scotland in order to improve understandings of Long Covid in Scotland.

I have written for international media outlets such as The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, The Conversation and appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'.

Beyond research, I am Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Humanities (for English, Creative Writing, Gender Studies and Journalism, Media & Communication), and sit on the School's Ethics Committee, and the School's Gender, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (GEDI) committee.  

Research Interests

  • Gender/Race identity and politics
  • Digital Technology in everyday life (e.g. fitbits, smart homes, game consoles)
  • Politics of Social Media, Apps, Platform culture
  • Media and Popular culture (e.g. films, advertising, TV, anime/manga, music)
  • Consumer culture and identity
  • Digital health and communication

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Technology
  • Media
  • Digitalization
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Popular Culture
  • Consumer culture
  • Space-Time


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