Dr Sinanan’s research focus is on how people use social media in their everyday lives, predominantly in relation to the themes of family relationships, politics and migration.
Digital anthropology; new media; ethnography; development studies; gender.
Her research contributed to the Global Social Media Impact Study funded by the European Research Council, which compares the uses of social media in nine field sites in eight countries. She completed 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a semi-urban town in Trinidad.
Her first book Webcam (Polity, 2014) with Professor Daniel Miller from the University College London (UK) is the first in-depth study of the uses of webcam in transnational family and other relationships, drawing on fieldwork in Trinidad and the UK. She is a Visiting Fellow at Tembusu College, the National University of Singapore where she conducted an ethnographic study of lifestyle blogging and the influence of blogs on consumption practices.
Dr Sinanan was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015 and is based in the School of Media and Communication.