Biography

Harry joined UEA as a lecturer in education after successfully completing his PhD at UEA in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He has a broad academic background, with degrees in linguistics and social science research methods, as well as his ongoing research in online identity presentation.

 

Given his broad academic background, Harry's research and teaching interests are equally expansive and interdisciplinary. They include (but are not limited to) education, digital sociology, identity theory, social theory, science and technology studies, research methodology, ethics, sociolinguistics, poststructuralism, comic book studies, and media and education. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraudate students.

 

Harry's current research is in the field of Digital Sociology, in which he looks at the online identities of young people, unpacking how the social media shapes the ways in which young people understand and engage with the world around them. His work particularly focuses on the relationship between user, platform design, and technology, proposing a new theoretical framework through which to consider identity performances online.

 

He received UEA’s 2016 award for PGR public engagement, and is a big believer in discussing his research publicly. He has give TED talks and other public seminars, written for The Conversation, appeared in local, national, and international newspapers, appeared on podcasts, and can often be found discussing research on Twitter, or on his popular blog (harrytdyer.com). 

 

Harry is currently working on a number of projects, including research into 'flat earth' communities, research into online identity presentation for young people with mental health issues, and research into social media and transitions to higher education.

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