Dr Matt Wood

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About me

I am a qualitative researcher and educator of social computing, researching and teaching at the interception of Human Computer Interaction and Social/Critical Psychology. 

I completed my PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Digital Civics at Open Lab, Newcastle University, where my thesis examined how young people constructed and contested gender and sexuality through design and digital technology. I maintain strong interests in digital citizenship, particularly the design, development and evaluation of new kinds of digital technologies which have a tangible social benefit, which some people call 'technology for good'. My research has included designing digital technologies for young people‚Äôs sexual health and wellbeing, and critically examining the implications of these interventions.

I hold expertise in qualitative methods and in particular methodological innovation. I have experimented with performance as a research method (as 'research in the wild' and 'situated dissemination'), and have written widely about the Story Completion Method, including understandings of virtual reality pornography and sex robots. I am always interested in new and innovative forms of qualitative inquiry.

See Google Scholar for a full list of my publications.

Outside of academia I am also a puppeteer.

I tweet at @MattyWood.

Area of expertise

Qualitative Methods, Human Sexuality, Human Computer Interaction


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