One day symposium on ‘researching young people, digital technologies and health’

Apologies for the lack of posts here lately! It’s been a manic summer full of running around, writing, and planning my next research project, and I’ve already sunk back into the new year teaching schedule…

If you’re curious about some of the things I’ve been doing this summer, you can listen to this podcast I recorded over the summer, or read this article I wrote for The Conversation. I’ll be updating this blog on my new research project as it progresses and evolves.

For now, please find below some information about a brilliant upcoming event in Manchester in a few weeks time. The lineup is brilliant, including some of my favourites;  Deborah Lupton and Huw Davies. I’m busy on the Friday, otherwise I’d be there soaking up the wealth of knowledge, but I hoping others will go and share some of the ideas on Twitter!


All the information can be found below!




Fri 3 November 2017

09:30 – 16:00 GMT



Digital Performance Lab, MediaCityUK

101-110 Broadway


M50 2EQ


Further information and registration (free) is available at:


Join us for a one day symposium funded by the Wellcome Trust, as part of a new research project ‘The digital health generation: the impact of “healthy lifestyle” technologies on young people’s learning, identities and health practices’.  The symposium will focus on some of the methodological challenges of researching young people and digital technologies. 


As part of this research project we are hosting a one day symposium, with the aim of bringing together those working on young people and digital technologies to make links across disciplines and explore critical issues. In addition to bringing together existing research in this area, a key theme of this symposium will be to explore some of the methodological challenges of undertaking research on or using digital health technologies. New modes of quantifying the body and capturing data have prompted debates about ontological assumptions made about how bodies are experienced and rendered knowable. What are the methodological implications of this area of research? Multi-source data collection and novel methods of data collection may become increasingly important in understanding complex everyday digital health practices in real time, space and place addressing questions such as – How do we understand how young people navigate landscapes of digital technology? How do young people resist normative expectations around digital practices? How are we to capture the nuanced inequalities and disparities of the micropolitics of digital technologies across different socio-cultural groups?


Speakers include: 

We are delighted to announce such a great line up of speakers and papers:


Professor Deborah Lupton, Dr Emma Rich, Dr Sarah Lewis and Professor Andy Miah (Digital health generation Project team and event organisers)

Dr Huw Davies, University of Oxford: ‘Trust us, we share your values: tentative methods to expose digital capitalism’s strategic use of agnotology’

Professor Nick Fox, Sheffield University: ‘The material micropolitics of digital health technologies’

Dr Victoria Goodyear, University of Birmingham: ‘Young people, social media and health: methodological and ethical considerations’

Dr Mariann Hardey, Durham University: ‘The killer app: How do wearable and mHealth app users influence the well-being of non-users?’

Professor Jessica Ringrose, UCL Institute of Education: ‘Researching digital feminist activisms: Teens resisting rape culture’

Dr Ben Williamson, University of Stirling: ‘Digitizing young people’s emotional health: mood monitoring with wearable biometrics, emotion analytics & affective media’


Registration from 9.45am and the event will finish at 4pm.


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