Dr Hilde Stephansen
Lecturer in Sociology
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I joined the University of Westminster as Lecturer in Sociology in September 2014. I have a PhD in Sociology, MA in Social Research, and BA in Communications & Sociology, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (all from Goldsmiths, University of London). Previously, I have worked as a researcher at the Open University and at Goldsmiths, and taught sociology at Goldsmiths.
I am the Course Leader for the BA Sociology and Criminology and I teach across a number of core and option modules in social theory and research methods. In the 2017-18 academic year I will be the joint module leader for the Dissertation in Sociology & Criminology, and teach on the following modules:
- Research Methods in Sociology & Criminology (module leader)
- Researching Crime and Justice I (joint module leader)
- Modern Social Theory
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Sociological Research Methods
- London Explored
Situated at the intersection of critical political sociology with media & communication studies, my research interests include publics and public sphere theory, social movements, citizen media, media activism, democracy and participation. Running through the different strands of my work is an interest in how communication practices can contribute to the formation of publics at different scales, and how such publics can facilitate broader social processes of knowledge production.
My current research focuses on global activist networks that form around issues of media democratisation and communication rights, and the implications of such activism for how we might understand the notion of a 'global public sphere'. I am writing a book on this topic called Global Media Activism, to be published by Routledge. I am also exploring the significance of 'media practice' perspectives for research on citizen- and social movement media, and working on a co-edited book (with Emiliano Treré) titled Citizen Media and Practice, to be published by the Routledge series Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media. I am also a consultant editor for the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media.
Prior to joining Westminster I worked at the Open University on a research project called Creating Publics, which focused on the 'public' in contemporary forms of participation and public engagement. I have also worked in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths on Storycircle, an action research project about the social and digital conditions for narrative exchange and knowledge production.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas including social movement studies, media activism, citizen media, publics and public sphere theory.