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Wednesday Research Seminar Series - An inductive photo-elicitation study of streamed “identity

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START DATE 11 November 2020


END DATE 11 November 2020

We are delighted to have Aditi Bhatia and Stephen King for our Wednesday research seminar. They will present their research on “An inductive photo-elicitation study of streamed “identity” during the Covid-19 pandemic”. 

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Wednesday Research Seminar Series      

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held online on 11 November from 4pm via Microsoft team platform.     

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008 and has featured more than 280 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Aditi and Stephen will deliver seminar on:   

“An inductive photo-elicitation study of streamed “identity”   

Aditi Bhatia and Stephen King     


A multinational qualitative study was conducted to explore the presentation of 'self' on streamed computer-mediated communications services such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 30 participants residing in various parts of the world during the COVID-19 lockdown, were interviewed to identify the unforeseeable impact of digital communication in professional settings. The interviews were conducted with a particular focus on the participant's image presented in the virtual meeting, as well as their visible backgrounds. The major themes that emerged from the data: Virtual Privilege; Virtual Identity as a Performance; Digital Spaces; and Unintended Influences - have wide application in the field of public policy formation, human resource management, social psychology, human rights, and education - during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 



Aditi Bhatia is a lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. Aditi is currently involved in both teaching and research in the field of Clinical Psychology. Aditi has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from University College London in the UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Counselling, from Middlesex University Dubai. She has previously worked as an Assistant Psychologist at St. Pancras Hospital in London and at Universal Hospital, Abu Dhabi. Aditi is actively involved in supporting community mental health initiatives through her volunteer work, and currently volunteers as a firstline responder for the national Mental Support Line. Aditi is a strong advocate for youth mental health, and also leads the wellness support group for students with emotional difficulties at the university. 

Stephen King is a lecturer in Media at Middlesex University Dubai. Stephen holds a master's degree in Global Governance and Sustainable Development from Middlesex University and a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from Lancaster University. He currently lectures across Middlesex University Dubai's journalism, advertising and PR, and digital media programmes. Stephen has taught in a university setting for five years, and has provided professional training and counsel to colleagues and management across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for over a decade more. Working closely with the marketing teams of Nokia, Cisco and most recently Etisalat, he played key roles in the launch of fixed and mobile broadband connectivity and value-added services across three continents. In academic year 2019-20 he received the Middlesex One award for Outstanding Contribution to Putting Students First, and also shared the Middlesex University Dubai Innovation Award for Administration Services.

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