I am a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield (UK). I currently research (1) social media platforms’ content moderation policies, particularly around eating disorders and (2) secret-telling social media apps.
I am also the Book Reviews Editor for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, the Vice Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), a co-organiser of the Data Power Conference, and a former Intern at the Microsoft Research Social Media Collective.
My writing and research have been featured in venues like WIRED, VICE, BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph. I am also on Facebook’s Suicide and Self-Injury (SSI) Advisory Committee and my contributions have been credited in venues like ELLE, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Stylist Magazine and London Evening Standard. For press-related, consultancy, speaking, and other enquiries, please email me at y [dot] gerrard [at] sheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk. You can also DM me @ysabelgerrard (Twitter) or @she.talks.tech (Instagram).