Research course

Digital cultures, social networks and political change

Open University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Digital devices, practices and networks have entered nearly every domain of our lives – from the most intimate private spheres to the most public and political, and blurring the boundaries between. At the OU we have been researching the cross-cultural and international political dimensions of digital ways of living and being for over a decade. We have experience of gathering and analysing digital data to shed insights into how organisations and institutions, as well as individual and social groups are responding to the challenges of the digital. Our recent work has included digital diasporas, refugee social networks and smartphone use, social media networks, political protests and change, social media and religious change.

Current/recent research projects

  • Digital diasporas: media, nation and transnationalism
  • Cultures of European diplomacy in a digital age
  • Smart migration: refugee social networks and smartphone use
  • Social media networks, political protests and change
  • Social media and religious change
  • Digital cultures and the public sphere/s

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654558