Body Image and Social Media: Research and Practice in a Changing Environment

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


The grant provided seed money for intensifying the impact of knowledge exchange activities related to my research on body image. Awarded £3,510.

Layman's description

Dr Petya Eckler and Dr Andrea Tonner lead an expert working group on body image, eating disorders and digital media. This group consists of academics, clinicians and third-sector professionals from institutions including Queens University Belfast, Aberystwyth University, Mental Health Foundation, Scottish Mental Health Research Network, NHS GGC & Lothian, and Beat charity. It has developed a research agenda which is in preparation for submission to ‘Body Image’ (IF 2.962) and the collaborators are preparing funding applications for future research considering the use of digital media in the recovery process of eating disorders.Students working within this project:Mrs Anke Kleim -The Digitised Beach Body2 AHRC Aligned MRES studentships on Digital Selves.
Effective start/end date1/02/1630/01/19

Research Output

"Too good to be true": semi-naked bodies on social media

Kleim, A. J., Eckler, P. & Tonner, A., 21 Jun 2019, Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online. Chiluwa, I. E. & Samoilenko, S. A. (eds.). Hershey, PA., p. 65-86 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
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    Digital media and eating disorders: future directions for impactful research

    Eckler, P., Tonner, A., Cameron, J., Kleim, A., McAlinden, S., Rifay, H., Munro, C., Oakley, C., Preston, S. & Riley, S., 31 Oct 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Exploring a role for positive body image in social media use

    Tonner, A., Eckler, P., Cameron, J. & Kleim, A., 2 Nov 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    Youth select committee submission on social media use.

    Andrea Tonner (Participant), Petya Eckler (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation


    • 3 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Membership of council
    • 1 Invited talk

    European Communication Research and Education Association (External organisation)

    Andrea Tonner (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of council

    European Researcher Night 2017

    Andrea Tonner (Presenter), Petya Eckler (Presenter)

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    Engage with Strathclyde 2016

    Andrea Tonner (Organiser), Petya Eckler (Participant)
    4 May 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course