Philosophy of technology
Politics, anthropology and sociology of digital culture
Economics and social psychology of automation
My area of research expertise is human-technology interaction, with a particular emphasis on how our ways of thinking and experiencing the world are transformed by the technologies through which we interface with it. Related to that, I investigate the double-edged social psychological effects of technological automation, which can both free us up for new possibilities of living, while also doing away with jobs and consigning people to the scrapheap.
I’m interested in how we tend to become addicted to new technologies, which automate new habits into the nervous system, and how these addictions are exacerbated by the dis-adjustments caused by technological change.
I shall be using CFNE to explore the social impact of digital culture on the North East, and to experiment with getting people involved in the kinds of participatory digital research projects that have been shown to overturn the effects of both kinds of automation.