Dr Sophie Bishop (she/her) is a Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research focuses on promotional cultures on social media platforms, through the lens of feminist political economy. Her work has been published in journals such as Social Media + Society, New Media & Society, Communication, Culture and Critique and Feminist Media Studies. She was the Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Influencer Culture (2022) and has contributed to EU Policy on the impact of influencers on advertising and consumer protection. Her current research includes ‘Paying for it’, a project examining the use of targeted advertising in UK creative industries.
Zoë Glatt (she/her) is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, where she is currently completing a six-year ethnographic study of the London influencer industry (2017-2023), interrogating the ways in which the platformisation of creative labour marks an intensification of conditions of precarity and inequality for cultural workers. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication and edited collections, and she has been interviewed as a social media expert for Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Telegraph and Vice, amongst others. She is the Co-Founder of the LSE Digital Ethnography Collective, an interdisciplinary group exploring the intersections of digital culture and ethnographic methods. More info at: www.zoeglatt.com
Dr Zeena Feldman (she/her) is Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. Her research examines the ways digital communication technologies impact analogue concepts and practices – for instance, belonging, work, mental health, and food. She has published widely, including in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Information, Communication & Society, Celebrity Studies, TripleC, The Independent, OpenDemocracy and The Conversation. She is co-editor, with Deborah Lupton, of Digital Food Cultures (Routledge, 2020) and editor of Art & the Politics of Visibility (IB Tauris, 2017). Zeena currently runs the Quitting Social Media project, which explores digital overload and detox.
Dr Ysabel Gerrard (she/her) is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. Her research on social media content policy and moderation has been published in journals like New Media and Society and Social Media + Society, and featured in venues like The Guardian and WIRED. Ysabel is also the Chair of ECREA’s Digital Culture and Communication section, and has been a member of Meta’s Suicide and Self-Injury (SSI) Advisory Board since March 2019.
Dr Kate Miltner (she/her) is a Lecturer in Data, AI, and Society at the Information School at the University of Sheffield. Her research explores issues of power and inequality in digital systems, institutions, and cultures. She has had research appointments at Microsoft Research New England, Twitter, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Amsterdam, and The University of Edinburgh. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including New Media & Society, Science, Technology and Human Values, Social Media + Society, International Journal of Communication, Information & Culture, and Feminist Media Studies. She currently runs the Who’s Coding project, which examines the experiences and outcomes for adults in the US and UK who have attended coding bootcamps. Her research and expertise have also been featured in a variety of global media including Wired, Slate, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, and the BBC.
Dr Rachel Wood (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in Media at Keele University, UK. Her research examines mediated femininities in digital consumer culture. Her recent work has explored ethical and anti-consumerism on beauty YouTube, and the affective labour of beauty and body work in lockdown. Her current research centres on the labour of zero waste sustainability influencers on Instagram, exploring the challenges faced by content creators in communicating ideas about sustainable consumption on a consumer centric platform. Her work has been published in journals including New Media and Society, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Media Studies, and she is the author of the Routledge monograph Consumer Sexualities: Women and Sex Shopping.