Mr Daniel Gray

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About me

I am a sociologist in the field of critical digital studies, including social media, the internet and digital technologies, critical theory, social theory and digital social research methodology.
I am a UWE Sociology alumnus, graduating in 2014 and going on to undertake an MSc (Social Science Research Methods) and PhD at Cardiff University as part of an ESRC 1+3 scholarship. My viva is scheduled for July 2020, and my thesis focuses on qualitative approaches to Big Data in the context of sexist/misogynistic discourse on Twitter during International Women’s Day 2017.
Broadly, my academic interests include: the online far-right and extreme political subcultures, psychosocial studies and psychogeography, accelerationism, feminism, social inequality, contemporary social theory, and gender.

Area of expertise

I have been teaching in university settings since 2014, and have experience in a range of formats and covering a variety of social science topics; particularly gender relations, social theory, qualitative/quantitative research methods, and social issues/policy.

My peer-reviewed publications have focused primarily on the challenges presented by new digital technologies for critical, qualitative social science research, especially ethical and methodological issues. In my thesis I focused on developing methods and approaches which enable qualitative researchers to engage with Big Data derived from social media, as well as advancing a critique of hateful and reactionary discourse online, and its relation to digital technologies.


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