About Me


Say hi on Twitter @ysabelgerrard!

I’m Ysabel (pronounced is-a-bel) and I work as a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield (UK). I currently research (1) social media platforms’ content moderation policies and (2) young people’s experiences of anonymous apps.

I am also the Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the former Book Reviews Editor for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and a former Intern at the Microsoft Research Social Media Collective.

My writing and research have been featured in venues like WIRED, VICEBBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph. I am also on Meta’s Suicide and Self-Injury (SSI) Advisory Committee and my contributions have been credited in venues like ELLEThe Huffington PostThe 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 on Twitter.