Skina Ehdeed (Sukaina)

Email: smtehdeed1@sheffield.ac.uk
Location: Information School, Regent Court - RC-318
Twitter: @sukainana

Photograph of PhD student Sukaina Ehdeed

Biography

I hold BA and an MA in Librarianship and information studies from The University of Tripoli. Whilst completing my MA librarianship qualification, I worked as a librarian at The Open University in Tripoli for one year, before joining the department of Library and Information Science at The University of Tripoli as a lecturer in 2009. Since the Libyan uprising I have become increasingly interested in the role of the internet in conflict transformation, and how digital networks and platforms change our social world. In 2015, I moved to the UK to obtain a PhD in Digital Media and Society.

PhD title

The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising

Project description

 My PhD research addresses an increasingly important debate about how digitally networked technologies might—or might not— contribute to the development of the democratic process in non-democratic societies, specifically in the Arab Spring countries. While the existing literature so far has focused upon Egypt and Tunisia, very little is known about the democratic potential of these technologies within the Libyan context. By examining and reflecting on emergent tendencies and trends that came to characterise Libya’s networked publics, and their evolution over time, this study filled this gap within the body of knowledge.


Research interests

Digital media and peacebuilding, Public sphere and networked publics, Online research ethics, Social media activism, Freedom of speech, Digital divide, Censorship and surveillance


Events and conference presentations

March 2018     Poster at iConference 2018, Sheffield, UK, “The Emergence of
                        Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising

July 2016        Paper at IAMCR conference, University of Leicester, “Social media, young Libyans and the 2011 uprising: An exploratory study of Facebook usage in
                       Libya after the uprising (2012-2016)”

June 2016      WIP at Social Media & Society conference, Goldsmiths, University of London “Social media, young Libyans and the 2011 uprising: an exploratory study of young Libyans’ perceptions of the impact of social media during the uprising”

June 2016      Poster at Doctoral academy conference, University of Sheffield “Social media, Young Libyans and the 2011 uprising: an exploratory study of young Libyans’ perceptions of the impact of social media during the period 2011-2016”

March 2016    Poster at iConference 2016, Philadelphia, USA “Social media, Young Libyans and the 2011 uprising: an exploratory study of young Libyans’ perceptions of the impact of social media during the period 2011-2015”


Funding and awards

2018 Winner of Best Poster Award, iConference 2018

AoIR 2018 Travel Scholarship

US$1,500 travel scholarship to help defray the travel costs to attend the Association of Internet Researchers 2018 conference in Montréal (AoIR 2018)


Publications

The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising
https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/100215

Conference proceedings papers