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PhD Topic: Young people’s perceptions and understandings of digital communications offences & cyber deviance

Centre: Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (Department of Sociology)

Awards: City University CLJJ Studentship (October 2014 – 2018)

The Study: My research focuses on young people (aged 11-18) and their perceptions and understandings of ‘misuse of digital communications’ (specifically potential criminal and civil offences committed online, via social media or using mobile apps). The research involves participant observation and verbatim quotation notes from a series of interactive workshops within secondary schools, where participants responded to and discussed a number of stimuli examples of online posts. Over 180 young participants are involved in this study from two comprehensive secondary schools. The research project aims to build upon extensive professional work undertaken on behalf of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, teaching ‘Online and Social Media Law and Ethics’ within schools since 2013.

Supervisors: Professor Chris Greer & Dr. Carrie Ann Myers

Research Interests

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Representations of Youth and Childhood
  • The Internet and New Media
  • Online/digital deviance and criminality
  • Risk & responsibilisation

Publications: ‘Bullying and Social Media’ (2017) School bullying and mental health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention (Routledge). In press. (Peer-reviewed book chapter)


  • 8th-10th January 2017: The IAFOR International Conference on Education (2017). Paper presentation: ‘Incorporating Young People’s Perspectives into Social Media and Cyberbullying Education in Schools’ (Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu)
  • 8th June 2016: BSA Gender, Crime and Media Conference. Paper presentation: ‘Gendered youth perspectives on sexting and revenge porn offences’ (Birmingham University)
  • 3rd June 2016: BSA Post-Graduate Ethnography Conference: ‘Close to Home: Moral dilemmas, ethical practice and complexities of reflexivity in ethnographic research’. Paper and poster presentation on ‘The ethics of conducting research in schools’ (London School of Economics)
  • 2nd June 2016: LCSS PhD Methodology Conference. Paper presentation on ‘The Researcher-Tutor’ (University of Westminster)

University teaching

  • Media Law, Ethics and Regulation – UG2 and MA Journalism – Module leader, lecturer and seminar leadership – Goldsmiths, University of London (Autumn 2016)
  • Online Media Law and Ethics – BA Journalism – Visiting Lecturer, London College of Communication (Spring 2017)
  • Media Law and Ethics – BA Fashion PR and Communication – Visiting Lecturer, London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Key Issues in Criminology – UG2 – Lecture: ‘Crime and Anxiety: Managing Youth Cyber Deviance’ – City, University of London (Spring 2016)
  • New Media Challenges – UG2 – Seminar leadership – City, University of London (Spring 2016)
  • Criminology – UG1 – Seminar leadership – City, University of London (Autumn 2015/2016)

Relevant professional and voluntary work

  • Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) Post-graduate student rep for City, University of London (September 2016 – ongoing)
  • Panel guest, presenter and judging panel for ‘Engineer Our Future: Girl’s Hackathon’ event (Imperial College London & Turing Lab)
  • Using the Media for Science Academics (The Wellcome Trust & SciComms London)
  • Women in Academia – Managing Your Online Media Profile (City, University of London)
  • Introductory Media Law and Ethics for TV Journalists (The Media Trust and London360)
  • Media Law and Ethics for Community Journalists (Centre for Investigative Journalism)
  • Social Media Law and Ethics (Goldsmiths Students Union)
  • ‘Media Taster Week’: Media Law and Ethics in Journalism (Widening Participation/Outreach – City, University of London)
  • The Brilliant Club Scholar’s Programme: PhD Tutor ‘Online and Social Media Law and Ethics’ (Spring 2016)
  • PubhD London: organising committee (Oct 2016 – ongoing)