384-Grindr-Logo-gold-background-1024x1024I’m delighted to share some exciting funding news.  I was recently successful in obtaining a small amount of research funding from the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA).  The project is joint with Dr Kevin Brown at Newcastle University Law School and seeks to explore identity formation and protection in the context of same-sex male social dating and encounter networks such as Grindr and Scruff.

The project has three aims:

1) Explore the ways in which identity is performed and constructed by the male users of same-sex (‘gay’) social networking sites, for example Grindr, Gaydar and Scruff.

2) Ascertain how these identities are protected (if at all) by users and the level of identity protection consciousness among users.

3) Produce a freely available summary of the findings tailored for App users.

We’re really excited about the project.  Kevin and I met earlier this week to plan through the next stages of research and will be sharing further details and issuing a call for participation in a series of focus groups around the UK once we receive formal ethical approval.