Dr Niall Docherty

BA (Goldsmiths), MA (Goldsmiths), PhD (Nottingham)

Information School

Lecturer in Data, AI and Society

Niall Docherty
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Dr Niall Docherty
Information School
Room C224
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I joined the Information School in 2022 as a Lecturer in Data, AI and Society. Prior to this, I completed a PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, followed by a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, MA, within the Social Media Collective. My principal teaching and research interests examine the power relations generated through everyday engagements with technology and the politics of computational design.

Recently, I have been researching how modalities of neoliberal governance, capitalism and (bio)power are expressed in contemporary concerns surrounding ‘living well’ with technology, particularly social media. I am turning this work into a book, under contract with the University of California Press.

Additionally to this, I am a Research Fellow within the Responsible Computing group at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Germany. Here I am involved in projects that explore digital well-being, ethical computing, and non-standard epistemological approaches to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Power/Knowledge
  • Critical Algorithm Studies
  • Critical HCI and Interdisciplinary Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Responsible Computing
  • Capitalism
  • Digital Well-Being
  • Neoliberal Responsibilization

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

  • Foucault, governmentality, subjectivation and digital media
  • Sociotechnical systems, power, and discursive materiality
  • Nudge, interfaces, and governance through habit
  • Neoliberalism and contemporary modes of responsibilization 
  • Digital well-being
  • The politics of social media
  • The production of users and hegemonic forms of usership
  • Critical Theory and Responsible Computing

I can supervise a wide range of interdisciplinary topics that could involve, for instance, mixed method studies of platforms and their use, qualitative digital research, digital well-being, power, advancing sociotechnical theory, and responsible computational design.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Docherty N & Biega AJ (2022) (Re)Politicizing digital well-being : beyond user engagements. CHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp 1-13). New Orleans, LA, USA, 30 April 2022 - 5 May 2022. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Docherty N, Biega A & Krysztoforska M () Integrative Objects in Sociotechnical Contexts: Constructing Digital Well-Being with Generic Epistemology. 2023 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2023) RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

I teach on two core modules in the School: ‘Data and Society’ on our MSc Data Science degree, and ‘Digital Media and Society’, which is part of the Faculty of Social Science’s Digital Media and Society degree.