The Digital Health Generation

Health 2.0 Symposium

Welcome to our Digital Health symposium on Friday 3rd November, funded by the Wellcome Trust, as part of a new research project ‘The digital health generation: the impact of “healthy lifestyle” technologies on young people’s learning, identities and health practices’.  The symposium will focus on some of the methodological challenges of researching young people and digital technologies. 


Train: Arriving at Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road station, take the tram to Media City. Do not pass go, do not collect £200. 
Note: Please do not confuse the location with the University of Salford at Salford Crescent Station, as this is not near to the location. If you do end up there, then you will need to take an Uber to Media City, or go to train station for a local taxi number.

Car: Google Maps it to the address on the right


Event Overview

As part of our research project this symposium aims to bring together researchers working in the area of digital technologies and health to make links across disciplines and explore critical issues.

In addition to bringing together existing research in this area, a key theme of this symposium will be to explore some of the methodological challenges of undertaking research on or using digital health technologies. New modes of quantifying the body and capturing data have prompted debates about ontological assumptions made about how bodies are experienced and rendered knowable. What are the methodological implications of this area of research?

Multi-source data collection and novel methods of data collection may become increasingly important in understanding complex everyday digital health practices in real time, space and place addressing questions such as - How do we understand how young people navigate landscapes of digital technology?

How do young people resist normative expectations around digital practices? How are we to capture the nuanced inequalities and disparities of the micropolitics of digital technologies across different socio-cultural groups? 



9.45-10.00- Registration and coffee 

10.00-10.15- Welcome/Introduction by team 


Research young people, digital technologies and health: Methodological reflections
Dr Emma Rich, Dr Sarah Lewis, University of Bath
Professor Andy Miah, University of Salford
Professor Deborah Lupton, University of Canberra

11.15-11.45 - Coffee 

11.45-12.30 - 

‘The material micropolitics  of digital health technologies'. 
Professor Nick Fox, Shefflield University

The killer app: How do wearable and mHealth app users influence the well-being of non-users? 
Dr Mariann Hardey, Durham University

12.30-1.00 - lunch 


'Researching digital feminist activisms: Teens resisting rape culture' 
Professor Jessica Ringrose, UCL Institute of Education

'Digitizing young people’s emotional health: mood monitoring with wearable biometrics, emotion analytics & affective media' 
Dr Ben Williamson, University of Stirling


'Trust us, we share your values: tentative methods to expose digital capitalism’s strategic use of agnotology'
Dr Huw Davies, University of Oxford

'Young people, social media and health: methodological and ethical considerations' 
Dr Victoria Goodyear, University of Birmingham

3.00-3.15  -Coffee 

3.15-4.00  - Panel Discussion (all speakers)

4.00  - Concluding comments (team) 



The University of Salford at Media City, 
B4, Orange Tower, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2HE