A link to the LGB women's cervical screening project

engaging lgb women in cervical screening

This   collaboration with the then The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, now the LGBT Foundation, evaluated methods to increase awareness and enhance participation in cervical screening programmes.

Despite guidance regarding the need for LGB women to have regular cervical screening tests, there were, and continue to be, elements of confusion and contradiction. Barriers to accessing appropriate screening for LGB women have been exposed and confirmed across studies including: a reluctance to disclose sexual orientation to health care workers, fear of discrimination, and negative experiences of heterosexism through heteronormative questioning or assumptions of sexual orientation.

This project consisted of an awareness raising campaign, and research was conducted both before and following this campaign, in order to better understand the experiences and behaviours of LGB women, and to measure the success of the campaign itself.

The full project report is accessible here.

link to project on health sexual development

digital engagement, comedy and sexual health



This is a project that began late in 2015. It is funded by the Australian Research Council and TRUE, previously Family Planning Queensland.

This project will develop digital methods to evaluate the efficacy of using comedy to reach young men with information about healthy sexual development. Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections are rising among young people aged 16-29 in Australia and research shows that young men are poorly served with information about healthy sexual development. This project takes an entertainment-education approach, evaluating the use of digitally-distributed entertainment videos to reach young men with this information.

a link to my work on gayer

gaydar and gay masculinities

This work was the beginning of my transition away from studies of IT implementation in organizations. It comprises three elements and draws upon masculinity studies, science and technology studies and cultural studies in collaboration, at points, with Alison Adam and Gordon Fletcher. I’m really proud of this work as it was a major leap into the unknown for me having studied enterprise resource planning applicatons for so long.

I explored how Gaydar can be a technology of classification that marginalises those that are already marginalized – a copy of the paper associated with this study can be found here.

Together with Gordon Fletcher, we examined how Gaydar is an evolving cultural artifact.  A copy of the paper can be found here.

Finally, Alison Adam, Gordon Fletcher and I examined how Gaydar commodified difference.  Again for the record, I recognise contradictions in sites such as Gaydar, as I point out in my first piece of work about the site. Gaydar, as is the case with other dating and hook up apps, are both problematic and beneficial. The paper associated with this work can be found here.

I would like to say that upon re-reading the latter two papers in 2016, I’m not happy about how the discussion of sex work is represented in them.  The writing is a little clumsy and suggests a disapproval of sex work. For the record, my personal opinion is that our bodies are our own to do with as we please. My only concerns for sex workers are their safety and that they are not subject to exploitation.


educating boys and young men with Brook Advisory

Brook is the UK’s largest young people’s sexual health charity. Brook exists to promote the health, particularly sexual health, of young people and those most vulnerable to sexual ill health through providing information, education and outreach, counselling, confidential clinical and medical services, professional advice and training.

The aim of the project was to develop/implement an evaluation toolkit and a range of new media oriented services to engage boys and young men in the maintenance of their sexual health through: a detailed review and analysis of current organisation situation, a report on national/international service delivery best practice and KPIs, the development of an evaluation toolkit, staff education and the implementation of new media oriented services.

The work undertaken through the project contributed to the development of a national strategy for measuring and demonstrating the impact of the work the organisation delivers nationwide, utilising appropriate media platforms and measurement tools.

engaging young women in cervical screening

the cat that got the screen

The research was commissioned by the North West Cervical Screening Quality Assurance Reference Centre (NWCSQARC) seeking to increase the rate of young women attending cervical screening and to develop and extend the evidence base regarding the use of digital and social media in health promotion. In addition, funds were secured from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale PCT to increase the activity of the main campaign and develop a more focused study to understand the use of digital and social media with women from ethnic minorities.

Since screening began in the UK in the mid 1960s, and since 1988, when the NHS Cervical Screening programme was introduced, clear evidence points to the need for certain women to attend for screening at particular points in their lives. Yet, it remains the case that some women are not aware of the need to attend, feel unable to attend or choose not to attend, with the uptake of cervical screening by eligible women below 80% (The NHS Information Centre 2013). In particular, in 2011 when this research was conducted, women aged 25-29 group appeared to be less likely to attend for screening.

Deploying a digital media based campaign, this project aimed to increase the awareness, knowledge and con dence of 25-29 year old women with respect to cervical cancer, and the necessity for cervical screening, in order to improve cervical screening uptake. There were three key objectives:

  • Identify the current evidence base of strategies engaged to improve women’s awareness, knowledge, and confidence with respect to cervical cancer and cervical screening uptake.
  • Develop understandings of why women do and do not respond to screening invitations – speci cally as related to 25-29 year olds.
  • Develop, launch and continually evaluate a digital campaign regarding cervical cancer and cervical screening that will take account of the diversity women aged 25-29.

A full copy of the final report can be found here.

work and IT


Before I engaged with digital media and Internet Studies, the focus of my research was on technology and organizations. Examples of some of this work include:

Studies of packaged software selection processes
Howcroft and Light 2006 /Howcroft and Light 2010

The customization of ERP packages
Light 2005 / Light and Wagner 2006

The ethics of proprietary software vendors
Adam and Light 2004

The roll out of mobile computing in a fire service
Ferneley and Light 2008