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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

My research is situated at the nexus of mobile communication and media, location data, and mobility:

  • 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-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).
  • data literacy and ethics of production, control and ownership of location data.
Currently, I am working on location data, covering the issues of trust, privacy and surveillance; creativity and play; location data economies; and smart futures and the Internet of Things. 

Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Media and Communication University of Westminster
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