I joined Stirling University as Senior Lecturer in Journalism in October 2017. Prior to this, I was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Communications, BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing and MA Media Communications at the University for the Creative Arts (2013-17), Lecturer in Future Media in the School of Arts and Media at Salford University where I also acted as Programme Leader for MA Social Media and BSc (Hons) Computer and Video Games (2009-2013). I graduated with a BA (Hons) Economics from the National Taiwan University before going on to undertake a PhD study at the University of York. I completed the PhD, entitled Hacking Practices and Software Development: A Social Worlds Analysis of ICT Innovation and the Role of Open Source Software in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Webster. I then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Business School at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam investigating organisational dynamics in virtual communities (2005-6), Research Associate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester investigating new technologies for e-Social Science (2006-9).
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have convened and taught across a number of different undergraduate and postgraduate media courses. I am deeply passionate about research-driven and/or research-informed teaching, and have been experimenting novel pedagogical methods to realise the integration of theory and practice teaching.
I am curretly on the editorial board of the journal 'Sociological Research Online' and 'Online Information Review'.
I was a participating member of the EU COST ACTION network IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies” (2012-14), and have been an COST External Expert since 2015.