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Prof Ben Light
Prof Ben Light
postal addressMary Seacole Building (2.10).
email addressB.Light@salford.ac.uk
website addresshttp://www.benlight.me
Key Memberships
From September 2008 to August 2015.
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From June 2016 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Health Society
From June 2016 to present.
Profile Summary

I have 20 years’ experience of information technology and digital media. During this time, I have developed an international research profile alongside performing significant research leadership roles and contributing to teaching and learning activity.

I have interests in the use and non uses of digital media, digital methods, gender and sexuality. I have published in journals such as Cultural Sociology, First Monday, Information, Communication and Society and New Media and Society and with publishers such as Palgrave MacMillan and Routledge. I am currently writing a book, contracted by MIT Press, with Susanna Paasonen (Turku, Finland) and Kylie Jarret (Maynooth, Ireland) on the phenomena of the tag, not safe for work (NSFW).  

Before returning to Salford in 2016, I was Research Capacity Building Chair at QUT's Digital Media Research Centre (2013-2016) and was included in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise. The submission was rated 5 in Media and Communication – the highest possible. I have collaborated widely with other researchers across a number of fields and disciplines including sociology, media and cultural studies, communication studies, computer science, design, public health, information systems and management studies. I engage with mainstream media such as ITV, the BBC, BBC Radio 4.

 

Key Qualifications
2003
Key Projects
2019
Mar
Teaching Care Home Pilot - Phase 1
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, 48,690.00.
Principal Investigator: K Hollands (50%). Co-Investigator: B Light (50%).
2018
Feb
Facemums 2018: bringing relational continuity to the home through social media
Health Education England, 600,000.00.
Principal Investigator: R McCarthy (34%). Co-Investigators: L Choucri (22%), A Brettle (22%), B Light (22%).
2012
Sep
Promoting Cervical Screening in the North West of England - A Digital Media Based Approach
NHS Executive, 99,998.00.
Principal Investigator: P Ormandy (50%). Co-Investigator: B Light (50%).
2012
Feb
2011
Dec
Digital R&D Fund - NESTA/Arts Council/AHRC - IWM
AHRC, 22,910.00.
Principal Investigator: G Bagnall (31%). Co-Investigators: G Crawford (23%), B Light (23%), V Gosling (23%).
2011
Oct
Digital R&D Fund - NESTA/Arts Council/AHRC - LSO
AHRC, 26,845.00.
Principal Investigator: G Crawford (31%). Co-Investigators: G Bagnall (23%), B Light (23%), V Gosling (23%).
2011
Feb
Are you ready for your screen test?
Department of Health, 24,674.00.
Principal Investigator: B Light (50%). Co-Investigator: P Ormandy (50%).
2009
Mar
KTP with Brook Advisory
Technology Strategy Board, 120,001.00.
Investigators: B Light (50%), P Ormandy (50%).
2009
Feb
KTP with The Foundry Communications
Technology Strategy Board, 109,579.00.
Principal Investigator: G Fletcher (40%). Co-Investigators: M Kutar (40%), B Light (20%).
2009
Jan
KTP with Cetus Solutions Ltd
Technology Strategy Board, 136,852.00.
Investigators: M Griffiths (33%), B Light (33%), A Heinze (33%).
2008
Jan
KTP with Co-operatives UK Limited
Technology Strategy Board, 107,372.00.
Investigators: E Ferneley (50%), B Light (50%).
2002
Dec
TCS Programme between University of Salford and Career Management Consultants Ltd
DTI, 99,044.00.
Principal Investigator: F Bell (34%). Co-Investigators: E Ferneley (33%), B Light (33%).
2000
Aug
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Edited Books
Guest Editorships of Journals
Reports for External Bodies
Key Presence
Other Research Activity
2012
Jan

2015-Present, Assoicate Editor - Social Media and Society
2012-Present, Senior Editor - Journal of Information Technology
2012-Present, Associate Editor – New Media and Society
2012-Present, Asso... more >>.

2012
Jan

2012 European Conference on Information Systems
2011 International Conference on Information Systems
2011 European Conference on Information Systems
2011 MeCCSA Annual Conference
2010 International C... more >>.

2012
Jan
  • 2012 Organizing Chair: Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference – ir 13.0. See: http://ir13.aoir.org/
  • 2012 Organizer (with Griffiths, Lincoln and Sawyer): #DigCult12 Theory, Context a... more >>.
2012
Jan

Current member: EPSRC Peer Review College and the AHRC Peer Review College.
Current member: AHRC Knowledge Exchange Panel
Current member: AHRC Strategy Panel
Current member: AHRC International Panel more >>.