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Dr Didem Ozkul
UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street
UCL Institute of Education
  • Lecturer in Digital Arts and Media Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer at the UCL Knowledge Lab, Department of Culture, Communication and Media. I hold a PhD from Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, London, UK and an MA in Media and Visual Studies from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. 

Before joining UCL Knowledge Lab, I worked as a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (2015-2017), and held research positions at CAMRI (research fellow, 2012-2013) and at LSE (visiting research fellow, 2013-2014).

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Research Summary

I am interested in the societal implications of digital media and communications, and sociology of space. My research is situated at the nexus of sociology of mobile communications and media, politics of mobility and locational tracking, and algorithmic bias and sociology of space: 

  • the social and cultural dimensions of mobile and locative media:
how mobile communication and media technologies are used in urban spaces, particularly focusing on location-awareness, spatial and social interactions as part of self-presentation, spatial navigation, place and memory, meaning-making, sense of place, retrieval and disclosure of location data, and presence. 
  • the political and economic dimensions of mobility and location data:
how location data, mobile tracking and locational intelligence are used by public/private organisations and individual users, and how such practices can be employed in ethical and transparent ways that ensure privacy of the users. 
  • the methodological approaches to researching mobilities and mobile media
sketch-mapping and cognitive approaches to research in the form of applied ethnography.
  • the location data infrastructures underpinning the development of services giving rise to Internet of Things, focusing on smart devices equipped with sensors that feed real-time location information to the systems of emergency, security, transport and surveillance (systems of mobility which evolve with real-time connectivity and locational tracking).
Areas of PhD supervision:
  • digital culture and society
  • mobile communications and media
  • sociology and philosophy of space
  • political economy of media and communications
  • politics of mobility and surveillance
  • algorithmic bias and profiling

Academic Background
2018 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Media and Communication University of Westminster
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