Department of Sociology

Media, Culture and Communication

Academic Members

David Frohlich (DWRC), Christine Hine, Paul Hodkinson

Postdoctoral and Visiting Research Fellows

Christine Rivers

Current and recent research

David Frohlich's current work as Director of the Digital World Research Centre and Professor of Interaction Design currently includes a mixture of industrial, UK Research Councils and doctoral projects on future photography, future literacy and future communication technologies – including projects on Interactive Newsprint, University of the Village, Big Society Research, Genealogies of Place, Information Design, Community-Generated Media, Social Inclusion and Citizen Journalism, and IT use by older people. Completed projects at the centre include: Digital Storytelling, Digital Photography, Cross-media Communication, Domestic Soundscapes, Teen Mobile Use; Intergenerational home photo display; Personal construct approaches to user experience; and Tabletop Collaboration.

Christine Hine's current research includes work on ethnographic studies of information technology and the Internet. She has also taken a lead role in promoting discussion of methodologies for sociological understanding of the Internet, and has a significant interest in the development of ethnography in technical settings, and in “virtual methods” (the use of the Internet for social research). In particular, she has developed mobile and connective approaches to ethnography which combine online and offline social contexts. She has conducted extensive work in the role of information technologies in science – a recent relevant project used ethnographic and historical approaches to understanding the role of information and communication technologies in biological research.

Paul Hodkinson’s research has examined the role of media and new media in the construction of identities and communities. This forms a key part of his ongoing research into youth subcultures and also relates to more specific work on young people’s uses of social networking sites. Paul is currently researching the significance of processes of ageing among older members of music and style subcultures and, separately, experiences of victimisation among members of alternative subcultures. More generally his interests include the sociology of youth cultures, debates on the future of subcultural theory and the sociology of popular music. Paul has authored a range of media- and culture-related publications, including the recent book, Media, Culture and Society (Sage 2010).

Professional Activities

David Frohlich is a founding editor of the international journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

Christine Hine until 2008 served as President of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST).

Paul Hodkinson is co-editor of the ‘Culture’ section of the international journal, Sociology Compass. He is also external examiner for the MA in Popular Music Studies at the University of Liverpool. He has served on the executive committees for the British Sociological Association Youth Study Group and the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

To find out more contact Dr. Christine Hine:

Department of Sociology
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH
UK
Tel:  01483 683964
Fax: 01483 689551
email:  c.hine@surrey.ac.uk