Dr Nicola Green
Qualifications: BA (Massey), MA (Massey), PhD (Canterbury)
Phone: Work: 01483 68 3964
Room no: 15 AD 03
Nicola Green is a Senior Lecturer in the sociology of new media and new technologies. She joined the department as a Lecturer in 2001 after undertaking postdoctoral research on a DTI/ESRC project with the Digital World Research Centre that examined the social life of multimedia mobile and personal communications. Her previous doctoral research was conducted at the University of Canterbury, and the University of California at Berkeley (on a Fulbright fellowship), and examined the social production and consumption of virtual reality technologies.
Nicola holds enduring research interests in how new/media, technology, culture, gender and embodiment intersect in social life. She is particularly interested in the development of methodological approaches aligned to feminist, poststructuralist and actor-network theory, including ethnographic, visual and textual methods. Since coming to Surrey she has worked on a number of research projects, including: an ESRC funded project on multimedia mobile communications; a British Telecom University Research Fellowship on mobile media and technology design; an Intel-funded project on mobile data, privacy and trust (RIS:OME); two ESRC funded seminar series on ‘Feminist Technoscience' and ‘Digiplay: Technologies of Leisure and Pleasure'; an international collaboration on the ‘Globalization of Personal Data' with the Surveillance Project; and, most recently, collaboration on an ESRC funded project on ‘Lifestyles, Values and the Environment'.
RESOLVE – Research on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment
GPD – Globalization of Personal Data and the Surveillance Project
RIS:OME – Regulation, Information and the Self: Ownership in Mobile Environments
Digiplay – Technologies of Leisure and Pleasure
STEMPEC – Socio-Technical Shaping of Multimedia Personal Communications
She is a member of the Department's ReMICS Research Centre.
- ''What I've found is that your related experiences tend to make you dissatisfied': Psychological obsolescence, consumer demand and the dynamics and environmental implications of de-stabilisation in the laptop sector’'. Sage Journal of Consumer Culture, 12 (3), pp. 347-370. . (2012)
- 'Unravelling the threads: discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum'. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Environmental communication, 6 (1), pp. 101-118.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/231713/
This article analyzes an online discussion that followed an article published by UK environmental activist and journalist George Monbiot in The Guardian online newspaper. The analysis addresses the ways in which participants in an online forum debate responded to the tensions and contradictions between lifestyle, consumption, and sustainability highlighted in the original article. The discursive construction of class, green political orientations, and identities; visions of “the good life”; and appeals to religion and science are highlighted throughout the analysis—as are the discursive strategies for positioning self, other, and audience in the debate. The argument emphasizes the heterogeneity of discursive positioning and reflects on the role of social media in the politics of consumption and sustainability, especially given the inherent reflexivity of web forums as online communicative forms.
- ''Are we sitting comfortably?
Domestic imaginaries, laptop practices, and energy use''. Pion Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 44 (11), pp. 2629-2645.doi: 10.1068/a44403
- 'Surveillance studies needs gender and sexuality'. Surveillance Studies Network Surveillance and Society, 6 (4), pp. 352-355.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/231714/
- 'Uncertainty, upgrades and upheavals: Home entertainment, information and communication technologies during life change.'. in Pierson J, Meijer EM, Loos E (eds.) New Media Technologies and User Empowerment Oxford : Peter Lang 6 . (2011)
- 'Uncertainty, upheavals and upgrades: digital-DIY during life change'. in Pierson J, Mante-Meijer E, Loos E (eds.) New media technologies and user empowerment Oxford : Peter lang 6, pp. 163-180. . (2011)
- 'Mobility, memory and identity'. in Goggin G, Hjorth L (eds.) Mobile technologies: from telecommunications to media New York : Routledge . (2009)
- 'Formulating and refining a research question'. in (ed.) Researching Social Life 3rd Edition. London : Sage . (2008)
Programme Director, BSc Sociology and BSc Sociology and Social Research
UG Year 1: Media, Communication and Society
UG Year 2: Media, Power and Culture
UG Year 3: Sociological Analysis
MSc: New Media and New Technology
UG Year 1: Contemporary Societies
UG Year 1: Youth Culture and New Technology
UG Year 2: Social Research Methods
UG Year 3: Technoscience and Cyberculture
MSc: Documentary Analysis
Nicola is currently supervising doctoral projects on new media and democracy, a cross cultural comparative study of gaming, massive multiplayer online games and identity , emotions and mobile phones , digital DIY , masculinity and the media, and the Transition Town movement . She would welcome applications from research students in any areas related to her research interests.
Student Research Projects
Nicola has supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in areas such as young people and new media technologies, social networking websites, internet intimacy, older people's uses of internet technologies, crime and the media, and related research.
Nicola has acted as External Validation Reviewer for Undergraduate Programmes in Media, Information and Communication at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London . She is currently acting as External Examiner for the MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University .
Nicola is currently acting as Co-Editor for the New Media Series with Berg Publishers . She has acted as both Reviews Editor and Co-Editor for Sociological Research Online . She is on the editorial boards of Sociological Research Online , Surveillance and Society , and the Mobile Communications Research Annual . She has acted as reviewer for such diverse journals as Information Communication and Society , New Media and Society , Convergence , The Information Society , Theory Culture and Society , Journal of Consumer Culture , Body and Society , Environment and Planning A, B, and D , Globalizations , Ethnos , Current Anthropology , and Social Research Update , as well as reviewing proposals and manuscripts for the Open University Press , Berg Publishers , Polity Press , and Sociology Compass .
She is a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) , the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S) , the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) , the Higher Education Academy , and the Surveillance Studies Network . She has been active as a reviewer and rapporteur for the ESRC , and has acted as consultant to a number of public and private organisations including Demos , Sapient , Intel , the Royal Society as part of their Cybertrust consultation , and the Information Commissioner via an expert commentary for the Surveillance Society Report . She has contributed to media on current issues in the Financial Times, BBC Breakfast Television, BBC Radio, BBC World Service, Spiked Magazine, and Korean International Broadcast.