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Digital cultures, social networks and political change

Digital devices, practices and networks have entered nearly every domain of our lives – from the most intimate private spheres to the most public and political, and blurring the boundaries between. At the OU we have been researching the cross-cultural and international political dimensions of digital ways of living and being for over a decade. We have experience of gathering and analysing digital data to shed insights into how organisations and institutions, as well as individual and social groups are responding to the challenges of the digital. Our recent work has included digital diasporas, refugee social networks and smartphone use, social media networks, political protests and change, social media and religious change.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Current/recent research projects

  • Digital diasporas: media, nation and transnationalism
  • Cultures of European diplomacy in a digital age
  • Smart migration: refugee social networks and smartphone use
  • Social media networks, political protests and change
  • Social media and religious change
  • Digital cultures and the public sphere/s

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654558

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