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Professor of Digital Society, University of Sheffield

Helen Kennedy is a Professor of Digital Society in the Department of Sociological Studies at University of Sheffield. She gained a PhD from the University of East London (UEL) in 2002 with a thesis which was located at the intersection between Science and Technology Studies and Cultural Studies. Prior to joining Sheffield, she worked at UEL and University of Leeds. She also worked for the Workers’ Educational Association in the UK.

For more than 20 years, Helen has researched how developments in digital technology are experienced in everyday life. She is particularly interested in forms of digital inequality and related mechanisms for change and resistance, for example, class, gender, race, disability, digital labour, digital identity and digital representation. She has published two books for Palgrave Macmillan UK: Post, Mine, Repeat: Social Media Data Mining Becomes Ordinary in 2016 and Net Work in 2012.


  • –present
    Professor of Digital Society, University of Sheffield


  • 2002 
    University of East London, PhD (Cultural Studies/Science & Technology Studies)