I've been a Research Fellow at Horizon Digital Economy Research since January 2012, contributing my knowledge of media texts and industries and audience research methodologies to interdisciplinary projects investigating the impact of technological innovations on television content and audience interactions with that content. From August 2013 for two years I am working, with a team of colleagues from four other UK universities, on the RCUK Digital Economy Theme project Charting the Digital Lifespan, to study socio-cultural interactions with digital technology at key transition points in the human lifespan.
I began my academic career at Queen Mary, University of London where I gained a First Class honours degree in English and was awarded the Westfield Trust Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. I remained there to study for an MA in Film and Communication Studies, passing with Distinction, before moving to Aberystwyth University to pursue a doctoral project concerning the relationship between film and the status of 'Shakespeare' as a cultural phenomenon, which involved conducting audience research under the supervision of Professor Martin Barker. My postgraduate studies were facilitated by two AHRC awards.