Dr Suay Ozkula
Lecturer in Digital Society / Sociology
MA (IOE/UCL and Kassel), PhD (Kent)
Room: Elmfield, B06f
Suay joined the University of Sheffield in May 2017 as a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded project 'Making Climate Social'. The project explores climate change communications across various social media platforms via mixed digital methods.
Prior to the project, Suay was an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent where she also completed her PhD. Her research interests include digital activism, environmental movements, climate change discourses, digital disruption, technology & human rights / individuals at risk, critical cultural studies, humanitarian social movements, informational governance, gamification / gamified activism, internet research methods, digital ethnography, social media monitoring.
Suay is currently working on the ESRC-funded project 'Making Climate Social' with Dr. Warren Pearce. The project explores social media communications on climate change via a range of social media platforms. As part of this exploration Suay is conducting digital ethnography and interviews.
Suay’s previous research was based on her PhD thesis and was funded through a GTA studentship. Her PhD explored the meaning and impact of digital activism on human rights organisation Amnesty International through traditional ethnography, digital ethnography, and interviews.
Suay has teaching experience through her previous role as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent where she taught a wide range of undergraduate modules in Sociology, Cultural Studies, Criminology, and Social Science.
Publications since 2005
Nulman, E.; Özkula, S. M. (2015) 'Environmental governmental organizations’ digital media practices toward environmental sustainability and implications for informational governance' Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 18, pp.10-16.
Selwyn, N.; Boraschi, D.; Özkula, S. (2009) 'Drawing digital pictures: an investigation of primary pupils' representations of ICT and schools', British Educational Research Journal 35, 6, pp.909-928.