Nan Ding

Nan Ding

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

English, Mandarin
Key Expertise
Technology and society, Platform studies, Urban social theories, Modernity

About me

Research Topic

Digital platforms are progressively penetrating more aspects of society, with digital infrastructure reconfiguring everyday experiences and reproducing social structure. This project is going to investigate the role of platforms in urban society from the perspective of modernity and capitalism, and to unpack the implication of algorithmic power over and through urban life by specifically exploring the usage of crowd-sourced reviewing and ranking platforms e.g. Dianping in China.


Inspired by practice theory and social materiality approach, this research will explore how different urban dwellers and tourists use local life information platforms at the level of everyday experience, and critically examine the structural elements that produce and are produced in practices. Analytical attention will be paid to two aspects: firstly, consumption, identity, and urban culture and secondly, human-space relationship.


Supervisors: Professor Nick Couldry and Professor Myria Georgiou



Nan holds an MSc degree in Media and Communications from LSE and a BA (Hons) degree in International Business with Communications from University of Nottingham Ningbo China. She was previously an assistant research fellow in Nottingham University Business School China. Prior to that, Nan has held various roles including assistant researcher and program manager at Ipsos.