Dr Thomas Redshaw
Tom joined the University of Salford in 2018 as lecturer in Digital Society, having previously held positions as lecturer in sociology at St Mary’s University, and Loughborough University.
Tom studied at the University of Manchester, where he completed his undergraduate and masters degrees in sociology, as well as his PhD: ‘Of Bitcoins and Blockchains: The Social Construction of Crypto-currencies’. This was a mixed-methods investigation of different case studies in blockchain development, exploring how the technology was being developed differently in different cultural and socioeconomic contexts, which was completed in January 2018.
Tom is continuing to write about blockchain, having published a paper on the subject for the internationally peer-reviewed journal Thesis Eleven (https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513616689390). He has also given numerous talks on the subject. In 2019 this included the The 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association; The 20th Conference of the Utopian Studies Society; and the Manchester based organisation Tech for Good. Tom has also previously given talks on blockchain at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; and the Vienna University of Technology.
Tom is also interested in the emerging field of digital sociology more broadly. He is a member of the British Sociological Association study group for Digital Sociology, and late last year published an essay for the BSA’s flagship journal Sociology, entitled ‘What is Digital Society? Reflections on the aims and purposes of digital sociology’ (https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038519880114). Since arriving at Salford Tom has co-organised two conferences that invited distinguished speakers to present their research on topics relating to the digital: ‘Reclaiming the Social in Digital Society’ (2019); and ‘Deviant Pleasure Markets & Digital Technologies’ (2020). He is set to be programme leader for Salford’s upcoming masters programme, MSc Digital Society.
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ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2335-0444