Prior to joining Middlesex University as an Associate Lecturer in Digital Sociology in September 2017, Herminder obtained her doctorate from Loughborough University, which was funded by Loughborough University's Doctoral College studentship. Whilst at Loughborough University, Herminder has been a co-convenor for the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group; and has worked as a content analyst for the 2017 General Election, 2015 General Election and 2016 Referendum projects led by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. She also worked as a research assistant for a project on storytelling and de-radicalisation for the School of English, Arts and Drama at Loughborough University. Since 2016 Herminder has been a representative for the ECREA Young Scholars Network for the temporary working group Children, Youth and Media.
Undertaking a Postgraduate Teaching Certification in Higher Education at Middlesex University, London, 2018
Doctorate in Digital Sociology, Loughborough University, 2017
Masters in Social Research, The University of Warwick, 2012
Undergraduate in Sociology, Loughborough University, 2011
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Herminder has experience teaching across several undergraduate modules from Loughborough University, including Social Research Methods, Communication, Media and Cultural Theory and Advanced Research Methods. Herminder has also been a visiting lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln (2015-2017), leading modules on Social Research Skills, Writing and Thinking Sociologically, Public Sociology and Sociology of the Moving Image with a focus on British Television.
Currently Herminder is working towards developing modules on Digital Research Methods, Digital Sociology, and Health, Embodiment and Society. Herminder is also teaching on current modules on offer to criminology/sociology students on cybercrime, researching the city, sociology of popular culture and social research methods.
She welcomes supervising student dissertations on digital media, online cultures, disability and media and communications.
Herminder has research interests on how young people with physical disabilities access and use the Internet. She develops and uses ethnographic and visual methods. Four key themes emerge from her current research: rhythms and movements of internet use, online relationships, stigma and exclusion, internet regulation by teachers and parents, and the enactment of disability.
Kaur, H., Saukko, P. & Lumsden, K. (under peer review) Social Access: Young People with Physical Disabilities Seek Acceptance through Digital Media. Disability & Society.
Kaur, H., Saukko, P. and Lumsden, K. (2017) Rhythms of moving in and between digital media: a study on video diaries by young people with physical disabilities. Mobilities. DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1355349
(2017) Announcement of doctoral thesis. Disability & Society, 32 (6) 939-943.
Kaur, H. (2016) It's like they're looking inside your body or inside your brain.' Internet surveillance practices in a special school, pp. 73-84 in Kramp, L., Carpentier, N., Hepp, A., Kilborn, R., Kunelius, R., Nieminen, H., Olsson, T., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P., Tomanic Trivundza, I., Tosoni, S. (Eds.) Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment. Bremen: edition lumiere.
Kaur, H. (2017) Not All Young People Move Rapidly in and Between Digital Media. Discover Society, DS48.
Kaur, H. (2017, June) Unravelling the Rhythms of Moving in and out of the Internet. Paper presented at Connected Life 2017, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Kaur, H. (2016, November) Teenagers with a Physical Disability and their Online Relationships. Paper presented at 6th European Communication Conference (ECREA). Prague, Czech Republic.
Kaur, H. (2015, April) Internet Use by Physically Dis-Abled Young People. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015. Glasgow, Scotland.
Kaur, H. (2014, September) Disability and Physically Dis-Abled Teenagers. Paper presented at Disability Studies Conference 2014. Lancaster, England.