Social Sciences


Herminder Kaur BSc Sociology Loughborough University, MA Social Research University of Warwick.

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Prior to starting my PhD, I obtained a BSc (First Class) in Sociology from Loughborough University in 2011, followed by a Masters degree in Social Research from University of Warwick. Whilst at Loughborough University, I have been a co-convenor for the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group. I have also taught across various undergraduate modules including Social Research Methods, Communication, Media and Cultural Theory and Advanced Research Methods. I have been a visiting lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University, teaching Social Research Skills, Writing and Thinking Sociologically, Public Sociology and Sociology of the Moving Image with a focus on British Television. I have recently been appointed as a representative for the ECREA Young Scholars Network for the temporary working group Children, Youth and Media for the next two years.

I submitted my thesis on September 2016, titled Journeys and Politics in and Around Digital Media: An Ethnography Study of How Teenagers with Physical Disabilities Use the Internet.  

My research focuses on how teenagers with physical disabilities use the Internet. I develop and use ethnographic and visual methods. There are four key themes in my research: rhythms and movements of internet use, online relationships and visual culture, adolescents and internet surveillance and the enactment of disability. My research has been funded by the Loughborough University’s Doctoral College studentship.

Kaur, H. (2016) ‘'It's like they're looking inside your body or inside your brain.' Internet surveillance practices in a special school’, pp. 73-84 in Kramp, L., Carpentier, N., Hepp, A., Kilborn, R., Kunelius, R., Nieminen, H., Olsson, T., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P., Tomanić Trivundža, I., Tosoni, S. (Eds.) Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment. Bremen: edition lumière.


September, 2014                             Disability and Physically Dis-Abled Teenagers - Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster

April, 2015                                           Internet Use by Physically Dis-Abled Young People. - British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow

November, 2016                                  Teenagers with a Physical Disability and their Online Relationships -  6th European Communication Conference (ECREA), Prague


Project Supervisors: Dr Paula Saukko and Dr Karen Lumsden (previously Professor David Buckingham)

Twitter: @HerminderKaur