Herminder Kaur

Herminder Kaur

Participant in 2015

November 2016-January 2017
Lecturer, Loughborough university
Module Taught: Foundation Sociology

October 2015 – January 2017
Visiting Lecturer, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
Modules Taught: Writing and Thinking Sociologically,
Advanced Social Thought, Professional Contexts, Public Sociology and Social Research Skills

November 2015- March 2016
Visiting Lecturer & Coursework Marker, Bishop Grosseteste University
Modules Taught: Sociology of Moving Image: Television and Film, Social research skills

October 2014- May 2016
Seminar teacher, Loughborough university
Modules Taught: Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods

October 2014- May 2015
Lecturer: Loughborough university
Module taught: Communication, Media and Cultural Theory


November 2016-March 2017
Research Assistant, School of Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University
Conducted a cross-disciplinary literature review
Identified a small number of deradicalized young people through partner organisations
Identified and liaised with additional partner organisations to join a larger coalition for a major funding bid and will be developing plans for the extension of the programme
The project has been led by Professor Mike Wilson with input from Dr Antonia Ligori and Dr Lyndsey Bakewell

May 2017
Focus Group Moderator: Policing Group, Loughborough University
I have carried out a focus group with Chief Inspectors from the West Midlands Police at the Headquarters in Birmingham for Dr Karen Lumsden.

May-June 2017
Content Analysist: UK General Election 2017, Loughborough University
I have carried out content analysis on a selected number of national papers and television programmes during the election campaign.
Study history 2012-2017 Loughborough University
Doctor of Philosophy in Digital Sociology

2011-2012 The University of Warwick
MA Social Research

2008-2011 Loughborough University
BSc Sociology First Class Honours
Publications Kaur, H. (2016) ‘'It's like they're looking inside your body or inside your brain.' Internet surveillance practices in a special school’, pp. 73-84 in Kramp, L., Carpentier, N., Hepp, A., Kilborn, R., Kunelius, R., Nieminen, H., Olsson, T., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P., Tomanić Trivundža, I., Tosoni, S. (Eds.) Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment. Bremen: edition lumière.

Kaur, H. (2017) Announcement of doctoral thesis. Disability & Society, 32 (6) 939-943.

Kaur, H., Saukko, P. & Lumsden, K. (accepted) Unravelling the Rhythms of Moving in and out of the Internet: A Study Based on Video Diaries of Teenagers with Physical Disabilities. Mobilities.

Kaur, H., Saukko, P. & Lumsden, K. (write up) Physically Disabled Teenagers’ Online Relationships: A Struggle to Overcome Bodily Stigma and Exclusion. To be submitted to: Disability & Society.

Kaur, H., Saukko, P. & Lumsden, K. (write up) Troubling use of normative categorises to mediate young people with physical disabilities online. To be submitted to: Media, Culture & Society.

Phd Projects


The uses of the internet by teenagers with a physical disability

Topic: The prevalence of internet use amongst youngsters has spawned extensive research. It has become apparent in the course of reviewing existing literature that majority of the research is repeatedly focused on providing an understanding of non-disabled youngster’s use of the internet, producing little research on those youngsters with a disability. Having recognised the paucity of research on young people with physical disabilities this study aimed to elicit their online activities and also how their parents and teaching staff construct them as young online users.
Methods: In order to research young people with physical disabilities and their use of the internet, this study identified eleven participants at a special needs school. The participants are aged between fifteen to nineteen years with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, brittle bones, severe ichthyosis, hemiplegia and muscle wasting conditions. By using a strong ethnographic approach that includes observation the researcher undertook the role of a volunteer in the school concerned and used the methods of video diaries, face to face and online interviews to provide rich data.
Findings: Presently this thesis has finished gathering data and I have been able to identify four key themes from the research findings. The first theme reveals the distinct ways in which the participants, their parents and teaching staff define disability and construct a disabled teenager. The findings have revealed internet surveillance to be a second theme which takes place in two forms through physical observations carried out by school staff and virtual surveillance and the ways a small number of students actively engage in testing and resisting surveillance measures in the school. The third theme relates to how these participants manage and form social relationships online and finally the fourth theme relates to their online activities.


Dissertation title Journeys and Politics in and Around Digital Media: An Ethnography Study of How Teenagers with Physical Disabilities Use the Internet
Year of defence 2017

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