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Thursday 16 April 2015 Ben Light from the Digital media centre. Photo:QUT Marketing and Communication/Erika Fish. PH:0731385003.

Ben Light

Professor of Digital Society

Email. b.light@salford.ac.uk

 


Education

2003 PhD, Information Systems Institute, University of Salford, UK.
1997 MSc Information Management, University of Lancaster, UK.
1996 1st Class BA (HONS) Consumer Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

Academic Employment History

2016 Professor of Digital Society, University of Salford.
2013-2016 Professor of Digital Media Studies, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT.
2008-2013 Professor of Digital Media, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford.
2007-2008 Professor of Technology and Society, Salford Business School, University of Salford.
2003-2007 Senior Lecturer, Information Systems Institute, University of Salford.
1999-2003 Lecturer, Information Systems Institute, University of Salford.
1997-1999 Research Fellow, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

Leadership Roles 2013-2016

University of Salford 2016-Present

2016 Development Lead, Health and Wellbeing and Society Industry Collaboration Zone, University of Salford.

Queensland University of Technology

2015-2016 Chief Investigator – Digital Media Research Centre, QUT.

University of Salford 2000-2013

2011-2013 Associate Dean – Research and Innovation, College of Arts and Social Sciences.
2009-2011 Associate Head of School – Research and Innovation, School of Arts and Media.
2008-2011 Director, MA Social Media.
2008-2010 Admissions Tutor, MA Social Media.
2007-2009 Deputy Director, Informatics Research Institute.
2007-2008 Admissions Tutor, Taught Postgraduate Programmes.
2006-2009 Director, IS, Organisations and Society Research Centre.
2006-2007 Associate Head of School – Research, Salford Business School.
2005-2006 Admissions Tutor, Taught Postgraduate Programmes.
2003-2009 IS, Organisations and Society Research Centre Doctoral School Coordinator.
2003-2005 Deputy Director, IS, Organisations and Society Research Centre.
2000-2004 Admissions Tutor, MSc Managing Information Technology.
2000-2004 Director, MSc Managing Information Technology.

Teaching and Learning

I have taught on over 30 courses across a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These courses have been concerned with some element of digital media including, social media projects, community projects, the Internet and society, digital culture, research methods and dissertations. I also have teaching experience in the area of science and technology studies, gender and sexuality. I have led several masters level programmes in the area of digital media, work and everyday life and have been involved in a number of redevelopments and new developments in this area. I have been invited to engage with taught students internationally and have engaged in CPD education.


Funding Obtained

Institutional Level Funding – £14,220,108. Block Grant Partnership for Postgraduate Research, Consortium Lead for University of Salford, with the University of Keele, the University of Lancaster, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Manchester, £14,220,108 Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Personal Research Funding – £1.7M. Funding bodies include the Australian Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Arts Council, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, the National Health Service and the State Library of Queensland.


Publications

Books

Light, B. (2014). Disconnecting with Social Networking Sites. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Crawford, G., Gosling, V., & Light, B. (Eds.), (2011). Online Gaming in Context: The Social and Cultural Significance of Online Games. London, Routledge. (Paperback edition released, 2013).

Journal Papers

Light, B., Burgess, J. and Duguay, S. The walkthrough method: An approach to the study of apps. New Media and Society (Forthcoming).

Light, B., Bagnall, G., Crawford, G. and Gosling, V. The Material Role of Digital Media in Connecting With, Within, and Beyond Museums. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (Forthcoming).

Light, B. (2016). The rise of speculative devices: Hooking up with the bots of Ashley Madison. First Monday, 21(6). http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/6426/5525

Crawford, G., Gosling, V., Bagnall, G., and Light, B. (2016). Branded app implementation at the London symphony orchestra. Arts and the Market, 6(1): 2-16.

Light, B. and Cassidy, E. (2014). Strategies for the suspension and prevention of connection: rendering disconnection as socioeconomic lubricant with Facebook. New Media and Society, 16(7): 1169-1184.

Crawford, G., Gosling, V., Bagnall, G., and Light, B. (2014). An orchestral audience: classical music and continued patterns of distinction. Cultural Sociology, 8(4): 483-500.

Crawford, G., Gosling, V.K., Bagnall, G. and Light, B. (2014). Is there an app for that? a case study of the potentials and limitations of the participatory turn and networked publics for classical music audience engagement. Information, Communication and Society, 17(9): 1072-1085.

Light, B. (2013). Networked masculinities and social networking sites: a call for the analysis of men and contemporary digital media. Masculinities and Social Change, 2(3), 245-265.

Light, B. Griffiths, M. and Lincoln, S. (2012). ‘Connect and create: young people, Youtube and graffiti communities’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 26(3), pp.343-355.

Light, B. and K. McGrath (2010). Ethics and social networking sites: a disclosive analysis of Facebook, Information Technology and People 23(4), 290-311.

Howcroft, D. and Light, B. (2010). The social shaping of packaged software selection, Journal of the Association for Information Systems 11 (3), Article 2. http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol11/iss3/2

Griffiths, M. and Light, B. (2009). An investigation into resistance practices at an SME consultancy, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 22(1/2), 119 – 136.

Light, B. Fletcher, G. and Adam, A. (2008). Gay men, Gaydar and the commodification of difference, Information Technology and People, 21(3), 300-314.

Griffiths, M. and Light, B. (2008). Social networking and digital media convergence: classification and its consequences for appropriation, Information Systems Frontiers, 20(4), 447-459.

Ferneley, E. and Light, B. (2008). Unpacking end-user relations in an emerging ubiquitous computing environment: introducing the bystander, Journal of Information Technology, 23(3), 163-185.

Howcroft, D. and Light, B. (2008). IT consultants, salesmanship and the challenges of packaged software selection in SMEs, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 21(6), 597-615.

Fletcher, G. and Light, B. (2007). Going offline: an exploratory cultural artifact analysis of an internet dating site’s development trajectories, International Journal of Information Management, 27(6), 422-431.

Light, B. (2007). Introducing masculinity studies to information systems research: the case of Gaydar, European Journal of Information Systems, 16(5), 658-665.

Burns, B. and Light, B. (2007). Users as developers: a field study of call centre knowledge work, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, 19(4), 42-56.

Light, B. and Wagner, E. (2006). Integration in ERP environments: rhetoric, realities and organizational possibilities, New Technology, Work and Employment, 21(3), 215-228.

Ferneley, E. and Light, B. (2006). Secondary user relations in emerging mobile computing environments, European Journal of Information Systems,15(3), 301-306.

Howcroft, D. and Light, B. (2006). Reflections on issues of power in packaged software selection, Information systems Journal, 16(3), 215-235.

Light, B. (2005). Going beyond ‘misfit’ as a reason for ERP package customization, Computers in Industry, 56(6), 606-619.

Light, B. (2005), Potential pitfalls in packaged software adoption, Communications of the ACM, 48(5), 119-121.

Light, B. (2003), A study of organizational experiences of CRM packaged software, Business Process Management Journal, 9(5), 603-616.

Holland, C. and Light, B. (2001). A stage maturity model for enterprise resource planning systems, Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, 32(2), 34-45.

Light, B. (2001). The maintenance implications of the customization of ERP software, The Journal of Software Maintenance: Research and Practice, 13(6), 415-430.

Light, B., Holland, C. and Wills, K. (2001). ERP and best of breed: a comparative analysis, Business Process Management Journal, 7(3), 216-224.

Gibson, N., Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). A fast track SAP R/3 implementation at Guilbert Niceday, Electronic Markets, 9(3), 190-193.

Holland, C. P. and Light, B. (1999). A critical success factors model for ERP implementation, IEEE Software, 16(3), 30-36.

Kelly, S., Holland, C., Gibson, N. and Light, B. (1999). A business perspective of legacy systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2(9), 1-27.

Light, B. (1999). Realizing the potential of ERP systems, Electronic Markets, 9(4), 238-241.

Journal Special Issue Editorships

Burgess, J., Cassidy, E., Duguay, S., and Light, B. (2016). Making digital cultures of gender and sexuality with social media, Social Media and Society (Forthcoming).

Finn, M. and Light, B. (2016). Internet imaginaries, Special issue of the Association of Internet Research Conference, 2015 – ir16, Information, Communication and Society.

Sawyer, S., Griffiths, M., Light, B., and Lincoln, S. (2011). Constructing, deconstructing and negotiating the boundaries of digital cultures. Information Technology and People 24(1), 3-10.

Light, B. and Sawyer, S. (2009). Digital culture: blurred boundaries and ethical considerations. Information, Communication, Ethics and Society 7 (1), 4-9.

Light, B. and Sawyer, S. (2007). Locating packaged software in information systems research. European Journal of Information Systems 16(5), 527-530.

Holland, C., Light, B. and Kawalek, P. (1999). Focus issue on legacy information systems and business process change, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2(9). Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol2/iss1/7

Book Chapters

Duguay, S., Burgess, J. and Light, B. Mobile dating and hookup app culture. In Messaris, P. and Humphreys, L. (Eds.). Digital media, transformations in human communication, 2nd. Edn. New York, Peter Lang (Forthcoming).

Light, B. (2016). Producing sexual cultures and pseudonymous publics with digital networks. In R. Lind (Ed), Race and Gender in Electronic Media:  Challenges and Opportunities. London, UK: Routledge (Forthcoming).

Crawford, C., Gosling, V. and Light, B. (2011). It’s Not just a game: contemporary challenges for games research and the Internet, in Crawford, C., Gosling, V. and Light, B. (Eds.), Online gaming in context: the social and cultural significance of online games. London, Routledge.

Crawford, C., Gosling, V. and Light, B. (2011). The social and cultural significance of online gaming, in Crawford, C., Gosling, V. and Light, B. (Eds.), Online gaming in context: the social and cultural significance of online games. London, Routledge.

Light, B. and Papazafeiropoulou, A. (2008). Contradictions and the appropriation of ERP packages, in Grabot, B., Mayere, A. and Bazet, I. (Eds.), ERP systems and organisational change: a sociotechincal insight, Springer, Verlag, London.

Entwistle and Light (2008). Spot the difference: an exploratory case study of the simultaneous evaluation of custom and package applications, in: Irani, Z. and Love, P. Evaluating information systems, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.

Burns, B., & Light, B. (2007). User-led innovation in call centre knowledge work. In T. McMaster, D. Wastell, E. Ferneley & J. DeGross (Eds.), Organizational dynamics of technology-based innovation: diversifying the research agenda (Vol. 235, pp. 133-147). London, UK: Springer US.

Light, B. (2006). Theorizing masculinity in information systems research. In E. Trauth (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of gender and information technology (pp.1160-1165). Pennsylvania: Idea Group Inc.

Holland, C. P. and Light, B. (2003). A framework for understanding success and failure in ERP implementation, in Shanks, G., Seddon, P. and Willcocks, L. (Eds.), Second-wave enterprise resource planning systems: implementing for effectiveness, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 180-195.

Light, B. (2000). The evolution of business process reengineering, in Hackney, R. and Dunn, D. (Eds.), Business Information Technology: Alternative and Adaptive Futures, MacMillan Press Ltd, London, 291-306.

Refereed Conference Papers

Fletcher, G., and Light, B. (2011). Interpreting digital gaming practices: SingStar as a technology of work. ECIS 2011 Proceedings. Paper 154. 
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2011/154 (Best paper award).

Effah, J., and Light, B. (2009). Beyond the traditional ‘SME challenges’ discourse: a historical field study of a dot.com failure in Ghana. UK Academy for Information Systems Conference Proceedings. Paper 25.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ukais2009/25

Light, B., McGrath, K., and Griffiths, M. (2008). More than just friends? Facebook, disclosive ethics and the morality of technology. In proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems. Paper 193, Paris, France. http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2008/193

Ferneley, E., Fletcher, G., and Light, B. (2008). Access all areas? the evolution of SingStar from the PS2 to PS3 platform, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. http://aoir.org/conferences/past/ir-9-2008/

Griffiths, M., Light, B., and McGarrie, R. (2008). Antisocial Behaviour orders: unanticipated directions in social network site development. ECIS 2008 Proceedings. Paper 228.
 http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2008/228

Pinnington, W., Light, B., and Ferneley, E. (2007). Too much of a good thing? a field study of challenges in business intelligence enabled enterprise system environments. ECIS 2007 Proceedings. Paper 16.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2007/16

Griffiths, M., and Light, B. (2007). Risky business: when a CRM vendor masqueraded as an ERP specialist. ECIS 2007 Proceedings. Paper 48.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2007/48

Burns, B., Light, B., and Adam, A. (2006). Users as professionals: a study of it deployment and its relationship to professional autonomy. In proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems (pp.1548-1559), Gotenberg, Sweden. http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20060133.pdf

Griffiths, M., and Light, B. (2006). User resistance strategies and the problems of blanket prescriptions: a case study of resistance successes. In proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems (pp.2184-2193), Gotenberg, Sweden. http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20060188.pdf

Kutar, M., and Light, B. (2005). Exploring cultural issues in the packaged software industry: a usability perspective. In proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems (pp.1519-1527). Regensberg, Germany. http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20050132.pdf

Adam, A., and Light, B. (2004). Selling packaged software: an ethical analysis. In proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Information Systems (pp.1-12). Turku, Finland. http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20040000.pdf

Light, B. and Papazafeiropoulou, A. (2004). Reasons behind erp package adoption: a diffusion of innovations perspective. In proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Information Systems (pp.1062-1074). Turku, Finland. http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20040095.pdf

Light, B., and Papazafeiropoulou, A. (2004). Enterprise resource planning or enterprise resource plotting? In Proceedings of the 8th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. Shanghai, China. Paper 58. http://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2004/58

Light, B. (2003). An alternative theory of legacy information systems, In Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Systems. Naples, Italy. Paper 93. http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2003/93/

Ferneley, E. and Light, B. (2002). Knowledge management systems: the role of ‘encouragement’ In Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Systems. Gdansk, Poland. Paper 51.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2002/51

Howcroft, D. and Light, B. (2002). A study of user involvement in packaged software selection, In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Information Systems. Barcelona, Spain. Paper 7.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2002/7

Bell, F., Howcroft, D. and Light, B. (2001). From vendor to portal: a case study of Internet-enabled re-configuration. In Proceedings of the 7th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association for Information Systems: Boston, USA. Paper 141.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2001/141

Light, B. (2001). A review of the issues associated with customer relationship management systems, In Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Information Systems. Bled, Slovenia. Paper 57.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2001/57

Holland, C., Light, B., Beck, P., Berdugo, Y., Millar, R., Press, N. and Setlavad, M. (2000). An international analysis of the maturity of enterprise resource planning systems use, In Proceedings of the 6th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association for Information Systems. Long Beach, USA. (Best paper award). Paper 159.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2000/159

Light, B., Holland, C., Kelly, S. and Wills, K. (2000). Best of breed it strategy: an alternative to enterprise resource planning systems, In Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Information Systems. Vienna, Austria. Paper 180.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2000/180

Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). Generic systems design strategies, In Proceedings of the 5th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association for Information Systems: Milwaukee, USA. Paper 138.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis1999/138

Holland, C., Light, B. and Gibson, N. (1999). A critical success factors model for enterprise resource planning implementation. In Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Information Systems, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Holland, C., Light, B. and Kawalek, P. (1999). Beyond enterprise resource planning projects: innovative strategies for competitive advantage, In Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Information Systems, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gibson, N., Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). Enterprise resource planning: a business approach to systems development. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Maui, Hawaii.

Holland, C. P. and Light, B. (1999). Global enterprise resource planning implementation, in Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Maui, Hawaii.

Kelly, S., Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). A departure from traditional systems development methodologies: enterprise resource planning systems and the use of process modelling tools Manchester, in Hackney, R. and Dunn, D. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 9th Annual BIT Conference Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester, UK.

Kelly, S., Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). Enterprise resource planning: a business approach to systems development, in Haseman, W. D. and Nazareth, D. L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 5th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association For Information Systems: Milwaukee, USA. Paper 271.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis1999/271

Gibson, N., Holland, C. and Light, B. (1998). Identifying misalignment between strategic vision and legacy information systems in organizations, in Hoadley, E. D. and Benbasat, I. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 4th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association For Information Systems: Baltimore, USA. Paper 40.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis1998/40

Holland, C., Light, B. and Gibson, N. (1998). Global enterprise resource planning implementation. In Proceedings of the 4th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association For Information systems. Baltimore, USA. Paper 142.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis1998/142

Light, B. and Holland, C. (1998). The influence of legacy information systems on business process reengineering strategies, in Hackney, R. (Ed) Proceedings of the 8th Annual BIT Conference Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

Light, B., Holland, C. and Gibson, N. (1998). The influence of legacy information systems on business process change strategies. In Proceedings of the 4th Americas Conference on Information Systems Association For Information Systems. Baltimore, USA. Paper 176.
http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis1998/176

Refereed Conference Presentations

Duguay, S., Burgess, J. and Light, B. (2015). Bikini Selfies and suggestive lip dubs: examining queer women’s performances of sexual desire in digital media. Digital Intimate Publics: Identities, Relationships and Value in Social Media Cultures, University of Queensland, Australia.

Light, B. (2015). Imagining Grindr as ‘the’ hook up app of choice, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Phoenix, USA.

Light, B. (2015). Locative data and public sexual cultures, DataPower Conference, University of Sheffield, UK.

Burgess, J., Light, B., and Duguay, S. (2015). Studying hook up apps: a comparative platform analysis of Tinder, Mixxxer, Squirt and Dattch. ICA 65th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Light, B. (2015). Heteronormativity and the real name web: hooking up with squirt, MeCCSA, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

Light, B. (2014). The Internet is made ‘with’ cats? Association of Internet Researchers Conference – Internet Cats Pre-Conference Workshop, Daegu, Korea.

Light, B. and Cassidy, E. (2014). Strategies for the suspension and prevention of connection: Rendering disconnection as socioeconomic lubricant with Facebook, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Daegu, Korea.

Burgess, J., Cassidy, E. and Light, B. (2014). Deeply Superficial digital media engagement? the case of twitter and Movember 2013, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Daegu, Korea.

Burgess, J., Duguay, S. and Light, B. (2014). Dating and hooking up with mobile media: a comparative study of Tinder, Mixxxer, Squirt and Dattch, International Communications Association Regional Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Light, B. (2014). Towards a theory of networked masculinities, Cultural Crossroads Conference, Tampere, Finland.

Light, B. (2014). Towards a theory of disconnection and social networking sites, Social Media Publics Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Bagnall, G, Crawford, G, Gosling, V. and Light, B. (2013). Engaging classical music audiences with digital media: lessons from the London Symphony Orchestra and Aurora, MeCCSA, University of Ulster, Ireland.

Bagnall, G, Crawford, G, Gosling, V. and Light, B. (2013). Participatory Culture, risk and authority: insights from digital media engagements at the Imperial War Museum, MeCCSA, University of Ulster, Ireland.

Crawford, G, Gosling, V. Bagnall, G and Light, B, (2012). Orchestral Manoeuvres on the mobile Internet: classical music audiences and patterns of engagement through mobile technology, IR13.0 the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, University of Salford, UK.

Bagnall, G, Light, B, Crawford, G and Gosling, V. (2012). A risky business: museum audiences, social media, cultural exchange and social interpretation, IR13.0 the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, University of Salford, UK.

Keegan, H. and Light, B. (2011). Appropriation, participation and the creation of celebrity: introducing Internet-mediated urban eccentrics, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Seattle, USA.

Light, B., Crawford, G. and Jones, R. (2011). Re-evaluating the role of technology in social network site usage, Media, Communications and Cultural studies Conference, Salford, UK.

Wattam, E. and Light, B. (2010). Challenging links between social disadvantage and digital exclusion: a study of community reporters and social media engagement in urban regeneration areas, Media, Communications and Cultural studies Conference, London, UK.

Effah, J. and Light, B. (2009). Understanding SME e-business challenges: the case of dot.coms in Ghana, Annual Meeting of the British Academy of Management, Brighton, UK.

Light, B. (2009). Gendering social media: shaping masculinities on Gaydar, Facebook and beyond, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Milwaukee, USA.

Light, B. (2009). More than just a combo of slaps? representations and experiences of LGBT gamers on and beyond the screen, WiG/DiGRA Conference, Brunel University, UK.

Wattam, E. and Light, B. (2009). Finding a voice through social media? a study of community reporters and user generated empowerment, The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Washington, USA.

Light, B. (2008). From Gaydar to Facebook: an ethnography of the evolution and convergence of social media, Creating Second Lives Conference, National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries, Bangor University.

Fletcher and Light (2008). Tech’s, drugs and rock and roll: technological complicity in domestication of gaming, European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Society for Social Studies of Science Joint Meeting, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Griffiths, M. and Light, B. (2008). Social networking and digital gaming media convergence: consequences for appropriation in Habbo Hotel, ‘Under the Mask’ Under the Mask: Perspectives on the Gamer Conference, 2008 Gamer Conference at the Research Institute for Media, Art and Design, University of Bedfordshire.

Fletcher, G. and Light, B. (2008). Making the game work? lessons from ethnographies of SingStar, CITASA workshop, American Sociological Association, Boston, U.S.A.

Fletcher, G. and B. Light (2007). Gaydar on the radar: sexualities, technologies and cultures. Paper Presented at The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Conference Montreal, Canada.

Light, B. (2007). (Social) construction workers on the net: Gaydar and the shaping of masculinities, Gender, Work and Organization, Keele University, UK.

Burns, B. and Light, B. (2006). Rewriting the rules: professionals, technologies and call centre working, in Proceedings of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Burns, B. and Light, B. (2005). Professionals as users: autonomy considerations for the deployment of information systems, IFIP 8.2 OASIS Workshop, Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Conference Presentations

Albury, K., Burgess, J., Light, B., Race, K. and Wilken, R. (2015). Understanding the data cultures of hook-up apps: a multi-part research agenda, Data Associations in Global Law and Policy, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Cassidy, E. and Light, B. (2014). Gender, sexuality and social media, #digcult14, QUT, Australia.

Duguay, S., Burgess, J. and Light, B. (2014). Dating and hooking up with mobile media: a comparative study of Tinder, Mixxxer, Squirt and Dattch, #digcult14, QUT, Australia.

Light, B. (2012). Social Gaming in Context, BBC Academy Fusion Summit: Inform, educate and… Play?, Salford, MediaCity:UK

Bagnall, G, Crawford, G, Gosling, V. and Light, B. (2012). Digital media engagement for the cultural industries: lessons from the London Symphony Orchestra and Imperial War Museum, #digcult12, University of Salford, UK.

Light, B. (2010). Missing cultures across video games: queers, gaymers and the terms of their inclusion, #digcult10, University of Salford, UK.

Light, B. and Wheeler, P. (2008). VIP 2.0? disability, technology and disadvantage in digital culture, Symposium: Disability and the Internet: access, mediation, representation, Cultural Disability Studies Network and School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Light, B., McGrath, K. and Griffiths, M. (2008). Facebook’s ethics, Symposium: Facebook: a network, a research tool, a world? School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Griffiths, M. and Light, B. (2008). Making friends and enemies in Habbo Hotel: scams and slurs in social media, #digcult08, University of Salford, UK.

Griffiths, M. and Light, B. (2002). The ripple effect of legacy information systems, in Aspects of Social Research, The Institute for Social Research, University of Salford.

Other Research Publications, Reports and Creative Outputs

Light, B., Houghton, K., Burgess, J., Cunningham, S., Hearn, G. and Klaebe, H. (2015). The library as a creative space, State Library of Queensland, Australia. Report and Rich Media Content (Commercial in Confidence Until March 2016).

Bagnall, G., Light, B., Crawford, G., & Gosling, V. (2013). The Imperial War Museum’s social interpretation project. AHRC, Arts Council and NESTA, UK. Download available: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/61233/

Crawford, G., Gosling, V., Bagnall, G., & Light, B. (2013). Pulse: The London Symphony Orchestra students mobile project. AHRC, Arts Council and NESTA, UK. Download available: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/63460/

Light, B., & Ormandy, P. (2013). Digital and social media: impacts and potentials for cervical screening awareness. Report for the National Health Service Cervical Screening Agency, UK. Download available: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/65499/

Light, B. and Ormandy, P. (2011). Lesbian, gay and bisexual women in the north west: a multi-method study of cervical screening attitudes, experiences and uptake, Report for the National Health Service, Cancer Screening Programme, UK. Download available: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/16596/

Roberts, D., Light, B., Crawford, G., Jones, R., Kreps, D.G., Linge, N., and Murphy, L. (2010). Digital and media technologies: a review of infrastructure needs for leading edge research in the United Kingdom, University of Salford, UK (Funded by and for the AHRC and RCUK).

Light, B. (2009). What are your web 2.0 ethics? Cutter IT Email Advisor.

Avila-Porro, D., Light, B. and McLean, R. (2008). Web mediated market interactions and enterprise software, Cutter IT Journal, 21(6), 29-33.

Light, B and Wagner, E. (2006). Achieving enterprise integration through software customization: part i – evidence from the field, Cutter Executive Update.

Light, B. and Wagner, E. (2006). Achieving enterprise integration through software customization: part ii – enacting the strategy, Cutter Executive Update.

Light, B. (2003). ERP software, in Feather, J. and Sturges, P. (Eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Information and Library Science, Routledge, London, 181-183.

Holland, C.P., Blackman, I.D., Light, B. and Gibson, N. (1998). An analysis of business strategies to overcome the year 2000 problem in international banking, Warwick Working Paper, [98-1], 27pp.

Book Reviews

Light, B. (2012). Love online, Kaufmann, J.C., Polity Press. In: The Times Higher Education, 26 April 2012. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/love-online/419721.article

Light, B. (2011). Virtual social networks: mediated, massive and multiplayer sites, Panteli, M. (Ed.), Palgrave MacMillan. In: New Technology, Work and Employment, 26(1): 79–81.

Internal Reports

Light, B. (2012). Research and innovation key performance indicators, College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Salford, UK.

Light, B. (2012). UK quality assurance agency mapping report: postgraduate research, University of Salford, UK.

Light, B., Clarke, A. Griffiths M. and Hunter, B. (2011). Research into the experiences of University of Salford staff who identify as LGBTQ, Human Resources Division, University of Salford, UK.

Light, B. and McDermott, J. (2011). School of Media, Music and performance – research and engagement audit, University of Salford, UK.

Crawford, G. and Light, B. (2008). Shaping the future – media and creative technologies/industries research and innovation: capacity and opportunities, Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Salford, UK.


Current PhD Students with Broad Area of Interest

Duguay, S. LGBTQ identity and social media – (Principal Supervisor, PhD) – QUT, Australia.

Pramiyanti, A. Digital cultures of hijab consumption in Indonesia – (Principal Supervisor, PhD) – QUT, Australia.


Graduated PhD Students

Kuga-Thas, A. (2015). Queensland University of Technology, Australia. (Co-Supervisor)

Jones, R. (2013). University of Salford, UK (Co-Supervisor)

Wattam, E. (2013). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Amin, Z. (2012). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Wichert, M. (2012). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Effah, M. (2011). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Bukhary, E. (2011). University of Salford, UK (Co-Supervisor)

Burns, B. (2009). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Llyod, H. (2008). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)

Griffiths, M. (2007). University of Salford, UK (Lead Supervisor)


PhD Examining

2016, Andrew Quodling, QUT, Australia (Final Seminar Examiner)

2015, Michael Lee, QUT, Australia (Final Seminar Examiner)

2014, Anne Watson, QUT, Australia (Final Seminar Examiner)

2014, Petros Chamakiotis, University of Bath, UK (External Examiner)

2013, Elija Cassidy QUT, Australia (External Examiner)

2013, Ahmad Sanad, De Montfort University, UK (External Examiner)

2012, Kate Holmes, University of Bolton, UK (External Examiner)

2011, Enas Al-Lozi Al-Debei, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2011, Raja, Yacob, University of Manchester, UK (External Examiner)

2011, Sasiphan, Nitayaprapha, University of Manchester, UK (External Examiner)

2010, Majed, Al-Braithen, University of Salford, UK (Internal Examiner)

2009, Nic Crowe, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2008, Dave Roberts, Univeristy of South Queensland, Australia (External Examiner)

2008, Lynne Hamre, University of Bath, UK (External Examiner)

2007, Dora Luis Gonzalez, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (External Examiner)

2007, Luisa Panilla, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2007, Andreas Hild, University of Manchester, UK (External Examiner)

2006, Bhavani Desai, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2006, Sangita Patel, University of Manchester, UK (External Examiner)

2006, Tony Baker, Swansea University, UK (External Examiner)

2005, Yogesh Dwivedi, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2005, Huinan Xu, Brunel University, UK (External Examiner)

2005, Shalini Kesar, University of Salford, UK (Internal Examiner)

2005, Rachel McLean, University of Salford, UK (Internal Examiner)

2004, Zong Dai, University of Manchester, UK (External Examiner)