Dr Vincent Miller is a reader in Sociology and Cultural Studies in the SSPSSR and is an active researcher, writer, and teacher in the inter-disciplinary areas of digital culture/new media studies, social theory and cultural/social/urban spatial studies. Dr Miller completed his PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University (under John Urry and Bulent Diken) and his BA and MA in Geography at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr Miller's research interests follow three broad themes:
Dr Miller is on study leave in 2021/22, but normally teaches:
He teaches a few lectures on SO335 Contemporary Culture, and sometimes convenes SO883 Contemporary Social Theory.
Dr Miller welcomes PhD candidates with an interest in digital work on affect, contagion, imitation, memes, digital labour, ruins and abandonment, and social media more generally. He is also interested in urban work on gentrification, high street revitalisation, and community.
In 2010, Dr Miller was hired as a consultant speaker by London-based marketing company Skyrite to discuss the potential of social media to a large group of marketers and well-known brands.
In 2006, he worked on a consultancy project, with French telecom company Orange, to investigate the phenomenon of blogging.
Dr Miller has been a frequent peer reviewer for ESRC funding applications, primarily on urban studies-related applications, and he has refereed articles for many journals including: The British Journal of Sociology; The European Journal of Social Theory; Ethnicities; Space & Culture; Convergence: The International Journal for Research into New Media Technologies; Continuum: The Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; and Social & Cultural Geography.
Dr Miller has appeared on a number of radio programmes, including BBC’s The Today Programme and Nightwaves, Irish radio and local Kent radio (KMFM).
In 2009, he appeared in two learning documentaries (“ICT’s and Business”, and “ICT’s and Society”) for the production company TV Choice and also here:
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