Karen is a Midlands 3 Cities funded PhD student based at the Birmingham School of Media. She is looking at the social media use of artists, in particular their performance of expertise on social media. She is also considering gender and expertise, and the role of social media in cultural labour.
In November 2016 she organised a symposium at the University on The Politics of Expertise in Media and Cultural Research, which included speakers from around Europe. She has also presented her research at various conferences around the UK and in Europe.
She initially developed an interest in social media during her undergraduate degree in journalism and her Master's in Media and Creative Enterprise, both of which she undertook with the School of Media at the University.
Karen also works part time for the University, she is Research Web and Social Media Officer in the Research, Innovation and Enterprise team.