Join our team

Although there are currently no paid positions available in our team, we are always interested in working with committed individuals with interests and previous expertise in areas such as anthropology, ethnography, social media, film or dissemination who are willing to collaborate with us on to this exciting project. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

Honorary Fellows

This page is for honorary fellows of the Global Social Media Impact Study; academics who are working in direct collaboration with members of our team with the possibility of joint publications or grants.

Dylan Kerrigan
Dylan Kerrigan is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology and Political Sociology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.  He received his MA from Goldsmith College, University of London, and his PhD from American University in Washington, DC. His dissertation research was a social history of race, class and culture in urban Trinidad with a specific focus on Woodbrook, Carnival, and Violence. It provided cultural and discursive connections between the different political and economic climates of Colonialism, Post Colonialism and Neo Colonialism. His current research focus looks at qualitative responses to statistics on fear in Trinidad and Tobago. He also conducts on-going fieldwork into sport and masculinities in the Caribbean. Inspired by the Global Social Media Impact Study and as part of his teaching portfolio at UWI his 2nd year undergrad cohort of 120 students are currently undertaking semester-long, rapid-assessment ethnography projects focussing on the many ways persons, groups and communities on the island use social media.

Kala Shreen
Kala Shreen is the Chairperson of the Centre for Creativity, Heritage and Development, Chennai, India.  She is also the Director of Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network at School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Her principal research interests include material culture such as textiles and crafts, visual arts, material religion and the Indian diaspora.  She has taught courses on social anthropology and visual media at the University of Madras (Vaishnav College for Women) as Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Associate Dean – Research from 2003-2011.  She has presented papers in several international conferences and lectured in many universities in the USA, UK and Canada including Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast and Cape Breton University.  She has authored articles and chapters for national and international publications.  She has received awards and grants from many international organizations and has executed several collaborative initiatives in India and abroad.  She has also scripted and produced documentary films and curated photo exhibitions in international universities.  Her documentary film “Little Traditions of Tamilnadu” was screened at Rice University, USA and University of Houston, USA in 2005 and in Queen’s Film Theatre, UK in 2006.  Another documentary film “Return of the Rituals” was screened at Harvard University, USA in 2010 and in Cape Breton University, Canada in 2011.  In this Global Social Media Impact Study project, she is involved in the production of a documentary film capturing the impact of social media in and around Chennai city in India.

Nimmi Rangaswamy
Nimmi Rangaswamy is currently adjunct professor, Dept. of liberal arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. She was previously a researcher at Microsoft Research Labs India. Her primary research interests are the adoption and dissemination of information and communication technologies in low-resource and emerging market settings. Her current project focuses on Facebook behaviors among mobile internet users in urban slums Nimmi received her PhD from the University of Mumbai and M.Phil from the Delhi School of Economics. Her doctoral thesis analyzed a variety of print propaganda in Tamil politics as instantiation of broader regional political culture. Before joining MSR India, in 2005, she lectured for several years at colleges in Delhi and Mumbai and was part of the editorial team for the journal Economic and Political Weekly. She currently works for Xerox Research – India.

Vincent Xiaoguang Qi
Vincent Xiaoguang Qi is a Lifelong Member of Wolfson College at University of Cambridge, serves as a PhD Supervisor in the College. Most recently, in China, Professor Qi has also been invited to sit and contribute as a Marcel Mauss Chair Distinguished Professor. Professor Qi had been a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, a Visiting Research Professor at Peking University, a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, a Visiting Academic at Cornell University and was an Honorary Professor of the University of Liverpool. Prior to his involvement in academia, Professor Qi gained substantial professional experience in China and overseas, and engaging in industry since 1999 with a strong focus on the international business and management. In his early professional career, Professor Qi had served in several 500 fortune multi-national companies and international organizations, such as Swedish Trade Council at Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, DHL, Deutsche Bahn, CMA CGM and K-Line. Professor Qi also participated in non-government and public sector work, such as acting an advisor for Project Vision commissioned by the President of Togo, and managed by Sir Paul Judge to develop the country’s 2020 Vision in which he provided leadership and advisory inputs in transportation sector. Moreover, Professor Qi advises and co-founded VB. The mission of this entity is to bridge the eco-systems of international business with CSR focus. Furthermore, he develops "Dr Vincent Xiaoguang Qi China Research Trip Award" for Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Professor Qi received his PhD by a joint PhD program collaborated between University College London-UCL with a UCL Research Award and Minzu University of China with a scholarship awarded by China Scholarship Council, and earned a MBA degree (Executive MBA program) awarded by University of Cambridge. He has offered much assistance to the “Global Social Media Impact Study”, helping to develop connections with Chinese universities’, fieldwork placement for the project and team member in China, also develop direct collaboration with member of the team for the possibility of joint publications or grants. Professor Qi is a Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute. He serves as an Associate Editor for International Journal of Business Anthropology and a member of editorial board for Journal of China Marketing. Professor Qi is the author of the book Study of Organizational Culture in the Chinese Operations of Multinational Companies: A Business Anthropology Perspective.

European Research CouncilEuropean UnionUCL Department of Anthropology

Grant number: ERC Project 2011-AdG-295486 SocNet
Project title: Social Network Sites and Social Science