I was born in Ireland, and moved to Luxembourg when I was four. Later on, I completed my secondary education and first degree in the UK. I have been living in Malaysia since 2002.
After my first degree from the University of Glasgow, I moved to Belgium and worked for five years in customer service and marketing – mostly in the electronics and IT industry. I came to the realisation that this was not the career path for me, but I became very interested in the ways in which technology and culture interact with changing social and economic patterns.
I completed a Masters in the Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS in 2001, where I also met my future partner in life. After graduating and working in Nigeria for six months, I moved to Malaysia and started teaching at a college.
I was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 2012, for ethnographic research into the monetisation of personal blogging in Malaysia. Since then, I have continued research in the field of social media, and most recently completed a survey and interviews on the everyday uses of social media in Malaysia. My methodological approach focuses on inductive theory generation by combining the quantitative and qualitative traditions.
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