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Dr Ned Barker
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  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I joined UCL as a Senior Research Fellow attached to the InTouch Project, an interdisciplinary project investigating the social and sensory implications of digitally mediated touch. Now I am working on my project ‘Biohybrid Bodies: a sociological framework for living with Living Machines' - funded by the Leverhulme Trust. 


Prior to this I held positions as a Senior Research Associate (University of East Anglia) and as a Lecturer (University of Lincoln). I have a broad academic background with degrees in Sports Coaching, Social Science Research Methods, and the Sociology of Education.

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My research is focused on exploring the complex relationships between the body, technology and society. With an interdisciplinary research trajectory, I have applied my expertise to a range of subject areas including: technology, sport, performance art, industry and education. I am a member of UCL Collaborative Social Science Research Domain Early Career Researcher Coordinating Group.

Teaching Summary

I have coordinated and lectured a variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Whilst a Lecturer I co-supervised PhD candidates and am interested in continuing to work with postgraduate students with interests in: sensory research methods, body studies, the intersections of body-technology-society.

01-OCT-2021 – 30-SEP-2024 Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
09-SEP-2019 – 30-SEP-2021 Senior Research Fellow Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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