The Digital Health Generation

Here are some outputs from the research team specifically related to digital health.

We will also be posting updates of publications and talks emerging specifically from the project. In these outputs we will be reporting on our research findings, theoretical approaches and methods. 


Rich, E. (in press) Healthism, Girls Embodiment and contemporary health and physical education: Form weight management to digital practices of optimisation. In L.Mansfield, J.Caudwell, B.Wheaton and R.Watson (Eds) The Palgrave handbook of feminisms in sport, leisure and physical education.

Lupton, D. (in press) Digital health and health care. In Scambler, G., Sociology as Applied to Health and Medicine, 2nd edition. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Rich, E. (2017) Childhood, surveillance and mHealth technologies. In E.Taylor and T.Rooney (Eds) Surveillance Futures: Social and ethical implications of new technologies for children and young people. Ashgate. 132-146

Rich, E., and Miah, A., (2017) Mobile, wearable and ingestible health technologies: Towards a critical research agenda. Health Sociology Review. 26(1): 84-97 Available here:

Gard, M. and Lupton, D. (2017) Digital health goes to school: digitising children’s bodies in health and physical education. In Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (eds), Surveillance Futures: Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People. London: Routledge, pp. 36—49.

Lupton, D. (2017) Digital bodies. In Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Thorpe, H. (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 200—208.

Lupton, D. (2017) Lively data, social fitness and biovalue: the intersections of health self-tracking and social media. In Burgess, J., Marwick, A. and Poell, T. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Social Media. London: Sage.

Lupton, D. and Williamson, B. (2017) The datafied child: the dataveillance of children and implications for their rights. New Media & Society, 19(5), 780—794.

Pink, S., Sumartojo, S., Lupton, D. and Heyes Labond, C. (2017) Mundane data: the routines, contingencies and accomplishments of digital living. Big Data & Society, 4(1), online, available at

Thomas, G., Lupton, D. and Pedersen, S. (2017) ‘The appy for a happy pappy’: expectant fatherhood and pregnancy apps. Journal of Gender Studies, online ahead of print: doi:10.1080/09589236.2017.1301813

Lupton, D. (2017) How does digital health feel? Towards research on the affective atmospheres of digital health technologies. Digital Health, 3, online, available at

Lupton, D. and Michael, M. (2017) ‘For me, the biggest benefit is being ahead of the game’: the use of social media in health work. Social Media + Society, 3(2), online, available at

Lupton, D. (2017) Digital media and body weight, shape and size: an introduction and review. Fat Studies, 6(2), 119-134.

Lupton, D. (editor) (2017) Self-Tracking, Health and Medicine. London: Routledge.

Lupton, D. (2017) Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Lupton, D. (2016) The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking. Cambridge: Polity Press

Lupton, D. (editor) (2016) Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk. London: Routledge

Lupton, D. (2015) Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies. In Collyer, F. (ed), The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 657—81.

Lupton, D. (2016) Digitized health promotion:  risk and personal responsibility for health in the Web 2.0 era. In Davis, J. and Gonzalez, A. M. (eds), To Fix or To Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine. New York: New York University Press, pp. 152—76.

Lupton, D. (2016) Digital health technologies and digital data: new ways of monitoring, measuring and commodifying human bodies. In Olleros, F. X. and Zhegu, M. (eds), Research Handbook of Digital Transformations. New York: Edward Elgar, pp. 84—102.

Lupton, D. (2016) ‘Mastering your fertility’: the digitised reproductive citizen. In McCosker, A., Vivienne, S. and Johns, A. (eds), Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture. London: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 81—93.

Lupton, D. (2016) Towards critical health studies: reflections on two decades of research in Health and the way forward. Health, 20(1), 49—61.

Thomas, G.M. and Lupton, D. (2016) Threats and thrills: pregnancy apps, risk and consumption. Health, Risk & Society, 17(7-8), 495—509.  

Lupton, D. (2016) The diverse domains of quantified selves: self-tracking modes and dataveillance. Economy & Society, 45(1), 101—122.

Lupton, D. (2016) The use and value of digital media information for pregnancy and early motherhood: a focus group study.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(171), online, available at

Lupton, D., Pedersen, S. and Thomas, G.M. (2016) Parenting and digital media: from the early web to contemporary digital society. Sociology Compass, 10(8), 730—743.

Lupton, D. and Pedersen, S. (2016) An Australian survey of women’s use of pregnancy and parenting apps. Women and Birth, 29, 368—375.

Sumartojo, S., Pink, S., Lupton, D. and Heyes Labond, C. (2016) The affective intensities of datafied space. Emotion, Space and Society, 21, 33—40.

Lupton, D. and Jutel, A. (2015) ‘It’s like having a physician in your pocket!’ A critical analysis of self-diagnosis smartphone apps. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 128—135.

Lupton, D. (2015) Health promotion in the digital era: a critical commentary. Health Promotion International, 30(1), 174—83.

Lupton, D. (2015) Quantified sex: a critical analysis of sexual and reproductive self-tracking apps. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17(4), 440—53.

Lupton, D. (2015) Data assemblages, sentient schools and digitised HPE (response to Gard). Sport, Education and Society, 20(1), 122—32.

Lupton, D. (2015) Fabricated data bodies: reflections on 3D printed digital body objects in medical and health domains. Social Theory & Health, 13(2), 99—115.

Jutel, A. and Lupton, D. (2015) Digitizing diagnosis: a review of smartphone and computer applications in the diagnostic process. Diagnosis, 2(2), 89—96.

Lupton, D. and Thomas, G.M.  (2015) Playing pregnancy: the ludification and gamification of expectant motherhood in smartphone apps. M/C, 18(5), online, available at

Miah, A., and Rich, E. (2015) Digital health: Medicine, Methods and Mobile Devices. Editorial for Salute e Soceità, the Italian Journal of Sociology of Health.

Rich, E., and Miah, A. (2014) Understanding digital health as public pedagogy: A critical framework. Societies, 4: 296-315. Online, available here:

Lupton, D. (2014) The commodification of patient opinion: the digital patient experience economy in the age of big data. Sociology of Health & Illness, 36(6), 856—69.

Lupton, D. (2014) Apps as artefacts: towards a critical sociological perspective on health and medical apps. Societies, 4, 606—22.

Lupton, D. (2014) Critical perspectives on digital health technologies. Sociology Compass, 8(12), 1344—59.

Lupton, D. (2014) Self-tracking cultures: towards a sociology of personal informatics. Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design, ACM Press, 77—86.

Lupton, D. (2013) The digitally engaged patient: self-monitoring and self-care in the digital health era.  Social Theory & Health, 11 (3), 256—70.

Lupton, D. (2013) Quantifying the body: monitoring, performing and configuring health in the age of mHealth technologies. Critical Public Health, 23(4), 393-403.

Lupton, D. (2012) M-health and health promotion: the digital cyborg and surveillance society. Social Theory & Health, 10(3), 229—34.

Miah, A., and Rich, E. (2010) The bioethics of cybermedicalization. In P.K. Nayar (Ed) The New Media and Cybercultures Anthology. Wiley-Blackwell: 209-220

Rich, E., and Miah, A. (2009) prosthetic surveillance: the medical governance of healthy bodies in cyberspace, Surveillance and Society, 20, Feb 2009. (online)

Miah, A., and Rich, E. (2008) The Medicalization of Cyberspace. Oxon and New York: Routledge.



The obesity epidemic and how bodies come to be through the pedagogies of digital health. Talk by Emma Rich given at the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) at the University of Oxford. Available here



We will be posting details of talks about the project here