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Prof Lesley Gourlay
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (Sept 2021 - 2024), focusing on 'The Datafied University: Documentation and Performativity in Digitised Education'. I have published on a range of topics relating to posthuman theory, sociomaterialism, digital engagement, textual practices, and academic subjectivities. I am currently working on a new monograph for Bloomsbury Academic, with a working title of 'The University and the Algorithmic Gaze'.

My previous roles at the IOE have been:

Director, Academic Writing Centre 2010-2020
Head of Department, Culture Communication and Media 2014-2018
Head, Centre for Doctoral Education Sept 2019- Feb 2020

Research Summary

My current work focuses on semiotic practices and engagement in contemporary digital higher education, focusing on AI, algorithmic practices, audit cultures and surveillance. I am influenced by theoretical work in science and technology studies, philosophy of technology, posthumanism and new materialism. I welcome applications from doctoral candidates interested in sociomaterial /posthuman perspectives on digital education, datafication of higher education, and other areas related to my research and theoretical interests. 

Teaching Summary

I will not be teaching 2022-24 as I will be engaged in full-time research.

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