Chair, MA Internet and Society, Maynooth University
Aphra Kerr’s research and teaching focus on both understanding, and seeking to improve, the role of the media and technology in society. At Maynooth University Kerr teaches courses on media & society, technology & culture, the business and cultures of the internet, games and play, and research methods, especially digital research methods. She designed and currently chairs the MA Internet and Society (MAIS).
Kerr is a funded investigator on the Refiguring Innovation in Digital Games project funded by the Canadian SSHRC (http://www.refig.ca/). This project is exploring diversity and inclusion in the digital games industry and the Irish project has a focus on community engagement, informal education and diversity. She is also developing projects into the social shaping and impact of datafication, platforms, algorithms and artificial intelligence on public and social life. In Spring 2019 she will spend a semester as a visiting research fellow at the University of Edinburgh to work on a project on 'Data Intermediaries, Data Work & Data Inequalities'.
Kerr was elected chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of the International Association for Media and Communications Research in 2016. IAMCR - is a worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research and has a focus on global inclusiveness and critical scholarship.
She was an invited visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication in the USA from January-May 2011. We continued our collaboration by jointly hosting an international summer school on 'National & Transnational Cultural Flows & Place' in MU in 2013.
Prior to coming to Maynooth in 2005, Kerr worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and at the Society, Technology and Media research centre at Dublin City University in the Republic of Ireland working on a range of projects including public service broadcasting policy, media literacy and digital inclusion.
From 2001-2003 Kerr was a Government of Ireland post-doctoral fellow working on the project Contemporary Digital Media: The Emergence of Digital Games. That began her research into digital games (the PS1 era!). Her PhD examined Ireland in the Global Information Economy: Innovation and Multimedia Content Industries with a focus on the barriers to global cultural flows. It was awarded in 2000 by Dublin City University. During her PhD she spent six months as a research assistant at UNU/INTECH in Maastricht, the Netherlands, working on a report on science and technology policy in Ireland.