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Shuman Xie

Postgraduate Research Student

Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology


I am a first-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology and joined the Department in 2022. Before that, I completed the MSc in Digital Society programme from the University of Edinburgh (2020-2021) and the MA in Political Science programme from Kobe University (2015-2017). I also worked at IBM as an IT specialist for three years.

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Field of Study

My research area is digital ageing. I am interested in the use of social media by older adults. I will use mixed research methods and combine visual and computational approaches to analyse social media data. I am supervised by Professor Tiago Moreira and Dr Kimberly Jamie.

Research Groups
  • Health and Social Theory Research Group

Research interests

  • Digital ageing
  • Social media research
  • Digital sociology
  • Digital health
  • Qualitative and quantitative method
  • Visual method