Dr Matthew Hart

Lecturer in Digital Society

Dr Matthew Hart

Contact Details

Room 0.06, 107-111 Princess Road East,
School of Media, Communication, and Sociology
University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7JA, UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 116 229 7877
Email: m.hart@leicester.ac.uk


Personal Details



  • 2013 - BA Sociology Honours 1st Class (University of Wollongong)
  • 2017 - Doctor of Philosophy Sociology and Digital Media (La Trobe University)



I previously taught at Western Sydney University and La Trobe University in Australia before joining the University of Leicester and the School of Media, Communication and Sociology in 2017. My background is in digital sociology, having studied, researched, and published in the intersecting areas of youth, intimacy, risk, and digital and social media since 2012. I am primarily interested in young people’s intimate social media practices - particularly in terms of the benefits young people are able to leverage through voluntarily negotiating with 'risk' as part of their everyday online practices.


Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator (eNurture network) - GaMESym (Gaming, Mental Health and Esports for livestreaming youth Symposium.
  • Co-Investigator (H2020) - DigiGen: The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation.




  • Hart, M. (forthcoming, due 2021) Nude Selfies, Young People, and Social Media: The Pleasures and Rewards of Risk-Taking Online. Palgrave Pivot.
  • Billet, P., Hart, M., and Martin, D. (eds.).Complexities of Researching with Young People. Routledge, New York.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Hart, M. (2017) ‘Being naked on the internet: young people’s selfies as intimate edgework’, Journal of Youth Studies 20(3): 301-315.
  • Hart, M. (2015) ‘Youth Intimacy on Tumblr: A Pilot Study’, Young 23(3): 193-208.


Book Chapters

  • Kanai, A., Abidin, C., and Hart, M. (forthcoming) ‘Doing Qualitative Research on Tumblr: Experience and Advice from Three Scholars of Young People’s Tumblr Use’, in A McCracken, L Stein, and A Cho (eds.), A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures. University of Iowa Press.
  • Hart, M (2019) 'They look before they leap: conceptualising young people as digitally competent risk takers and its implications for ethical internet research', in Billett, P., Hart, M., and Martin, D. (eds.). Complexities of Researching with Young People. Routledge, New York: 46-58.
  • Hart, M. (2018) ‘#Topless Tuesdays and #Wet Wednesdays: Digitally-Mediated Neo-Tribalism and NSFW selfies on Tumblr’. In Hardy, A., Bennett, A., Robards, B. (eds.). Neo-Tribes: Consumption, Leisure and Tourism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: 207-219.
  • Hart, M. (2018) ‘“It’s Nice To See You’re Not The Only One With Kinks”: intimate networking, NSFW selfies, and Tumblr’, in A S Dobson, B Robards, and N Carah (eds.). Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: 177-191.


Book Reviews

  • Hart, M. (2017) ‘The Promiscuity of Network Culture: queer theory and digital media, by Robert Payne’, Continuum 31(5): 724-736.


Conference Papers

  • Hart, M (2016) 'Digitally-mediated neo-tribes: Temporal bodies and Ontological Anchoring', Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment: The 10th International Somatechnics Conference, Byron Bay, Australia, November 30 - December 3.
  • Hart, M (2015) 'It's Nice To Know You're Not The Only One With Kinks: Intimate Networking, NSFW selfies, and Tumblr', Digital Intimate Publics, University of Queensland, Australia, November 19-20.
  • Hart, M (2014) 'On the edge: NSFW selfies as youth edgework', Interactive Futures: Young People's Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond, Monash University, December 1.
  • Hart, M (2013) 'Identities and Intimacies on Tumblr' , 12th Nordic Youth Research Symposium - NYRIS '12: Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age, Tallinn University, Estonia, June 12 - 14.


Media Engagement



Currently Teaching and Contributing to:

    • MS2009 - Digital Media in Everyday Life
    • SY3079 - Modern Sociological Theory
    • SY7019 - Contemporary Debates in Sociology


  • Courses Taught in the Past:
    • SY1020 - Introduction to Social Research (1st year module, University of Leicester)
    • Digital Cultures (3rd year core UG unit, Western Sydney University)
    • Understanding Visual Cultures (1st year core UG unit, Western Sydney University)
    • Individual in Society (1st year core UG unit, Western Sydney University)
    • Global Issues, Local Lives (1st year core UG unit, La Trobe University)
    • Understanding Youth in the 21st Century (2nd year UG unit, La Trobe University



I am currently the lead PhD supervisor for Ms Yosra Aljadani whose dissertation is 'Female students experience of cyberbullying on social media at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia'.


I am also interested in supervising PhD dissertations in the following areas: young people; digital and social media; online intimacy; risk; sociality and post-subcultural belonging


Roles in the School

  • From 2017 to 2019 I was the programme director for the MA Contemporary Sociology. Since 2018, I have been the programme director for the MA Digital Media & Society.
  • In 2019, I became the director of research ethics for the school.


Professional Duties and Membership

  • Peer reviewer for: Palgrave Macmillan; Journal of Youth Studies; YOUNG; Girlhood Studies; Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures; Bodies, Sexualities and Masculinities
  • Professional Member: Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

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