Professor Ben Light


I am Professor of Digital Society and Associate Dean – Research and Innovation.

My research concerns people’s everyday experiences of digital media with a focus on (non)consumption, gender and sexuality, digital methods, and digital media engagement for arts, culture, health and wellbeing. I am author (with Susanna Paasonen and Kylie Jarrett) of NSFW: Sex and Humor in Social Meida (2019 MIT Press) and Disconnecting with Social Networking Sites (Palgrave 2014). I have published widely in journals such as New Media and Society, First Monday, Information Communication and Society, Cultural Sociology, Information Technology and People, Convergence and Continuum.

I am currently working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership as digital transformation work stream lead for their Teaching Care Homes Programme, the Northern Care Alliance on a project to provide digital services to people with multiple sclerosis, and with Health Education England on the Facemums project – a trial of a new service to provide online midwifery. Other organisations I have worked with include the State Library of Queensland, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Imperial War Museums, Brook Advisory, the NHS Cancer Screening Programme, and Cooperatives UK.

I am a Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and an Associate Editor for New Media and Society and Social Media and Society. I sit on the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and also it’s specialised panels for International, Strategy and Knowledge Exchange. I am also a member of the UK ‘s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council College.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Popular internet culture, online dating, digital health, social media governance, non use of digital media, disconnection with social media, science and technology studies.

Find out more about my work

Open Access:



Digital Methods, Digital Society, Digital Health