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Darren Reed
Senior Lecturer



  • PhD (Sociology and Social Psychology) (Loughborough University)
  • BSc Social Sciences (Sociology and Social Psychology) (Loughborough University)

Departmental roles

  • SATSU 'Brown Bag' seminars (organiser)
    A weekly opportunity for presentations from the SATSU staff and students, as well invited members of other institutions, working on areas relevant to Science and Technology Studies.
  • MSc in Social Media and Interactive Technologies
    Course co-ordinator, supervisor

  • Course co-ordinator, supervisor



  • Instructional interaction in performance settings
  • The design and use of creative digital technologies
  • New data intimacies

Darren's background is in the area of ethnomethodology (EM), Conversation Analysis (CA), and technology design. His PhD, at Loughborough University, was an Ethnomethodological analysis of 'newsgroup' interaction, that used the analysis to reflect back on the conceptual foundations of EM and CA.

Darren's research combines Science and Technology Studies (STS), Conversation Analysis (CA) and Performance Studies. He works across the departments of Sociology, Environment, Psychology, Computer Science, Electronics, Theatre, Film,Television and Interactive Media, and Music. His interests include mundane interaction with technologies in broad social contexts, as well as the study of digital technologies in everyday life that incorporates people’s perceptions, embodied experiences, and social expectations. His primary concerns are with the creative engagement with and through technology.

Darren is currently researching in the following areas:

  • Games and Interactive Media
  1. The Digital Creativity Labs is an EPSRC five year Impact Hub. The EPISODE initiative looks to generate civic engagement with the York Open Data platform through urban games and a smartphone application. Mark Johnson is the Research Fellow on the project. Development of EPISODE has included the organisation of the first Data Dive event in 2016. 
  2. Sonicules is a molecule docking programme that is based on a novel interface. Rather than rely on the visual cues afforded by the interface, users manipulate molecules based on audio feedback. This makes for an engaging and multisensual user interface. Sonicules was demonstrated at the York Festival of Ideas and at the AHRC commons in 2016. The project is led by Jude Brereton in the Audio Lab. You can find more information about Sonicules here. 
  • New Environmental Monitoring Devices
  1. The EU CAPACITIE Initial Training Network is a three year research oriented project led by the Alistair Boxall in the Environment Department. 12 PhD students from across the environmental, physical, computer and social sciences are developing an understanding of the opportunities for new environmental monitoring technologies within different policy and national domains. The project is based on a comparison of York, Seoul, and Berlin. Rina Syengwa and Xiu Gao are Post Graduate researchers within Sociology. Rina is looking at the use of new sensor technologies and its implications for new forms of civic participation, while Xiu is undertaking a comparison of policy across the three cities. 
  2. The YorkSense Project is concerned with the installation and use of street level environmental sensing technologies. The project is in partnership with PerkinElmer a leading device company. 
  3. The York City Environment Observatory (YCEO) is an 18 month pilot project that will develop a foundation for a York City 'observatory'. 
  • Instructional Interaction in Performance settings

The study of embodied interaction in musical masterclasses


He has a history of working in the following areas:

  • Inclusive design

An area interested in promoting the design of everyday technology devices that are attractive and can be used by older people. This included an extended literature review for the Inclusive Digital Economy Network, and EPSRC funded network convened by Professor Alan Newell at Dundee University.

  • Transport management and information computer systems

The BLISS project, funded by the ESRC, studied the installation of a bus priority and passenger information system in York, and combined Human Computer Interaction and Science and Technology Studies to form an analysis of the sociotechnical character of the system.

  • Assistive technology

As a member of CUHTec, he carried out work that included studying the use of telephone conferencing systems by charitable organisations to support socially isolated individuals. Darren is especially interested in the development of common place technologies such as the telephone to support isolated elderly individuals.


Currently he is developing a conceptual framework that combines Science and Technology Studies with Discourse Analysis and Identity construction, that has a preliminary title of the 'Performativity of Technology and Age Identity' . This conception also draws on performance theory, inspired by Darren's earlier career as a performer. It is also relevant to the production of professionally scripted video performances, that formed one of the outputs of the Inclusive Digital Economy Network, and an ongoing interest in the use of theatre to communicate the design requirements of older users.

Recently Darren has become a member of the Anomalous Experience Research Unit (AERU) in the Department of Sociology, which studies the co-production of 'talk' and interaction in parapsychological situations. Darren is particularly interested in the way video episodes, typically posted on public forums such as YouTube, are used as a means to convey the authenticity of such instances as communicating with the dead in a spiritualist church. Such interests connect with the 'performativity' of technology mentioned above and connect back to the early work on internet communication.


Selected publications

  • Invited Talks and Keynotes

Reed, D. J. (2016, May 4). Dancing with data. New data intimacies in the design of technology. (Keynote: 'Employability in the Digital Age', University of York).

Reed, D. J. (2016, April 26). New data intimacies. ('Technologies for the Future'. University of York).

Reed, D. J. (2013, November 4). The embodied choreography of gesture, gaze and posture in music masterclasses. The extraordinariness of ordinary conversation. York public talks, york.

Reed, D. J. (2012, March 15). Reflexivity in research. (Qualitative Research Network. Round Table: 'Doing Reflexivity in Social Research' University of York).

Reed, D. J. (2009). The performativity of data. Workshop: Innovative Health Technologies: Health Systems in Transition, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Barcelona, 26-27 November.

Webster, A. & Reed, D. (2007). Use of ICT in enhancing public transport mobility: From impaired mobility to motility. In Transport for the mobility impaired. CSAU seminar, department for transport.

Reed, D. (2006, February 3). Experiencing BLISS in between HCI and STS. Invited talk given at department of informatics, sussex university.


  • Books, Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Reed, D. J. (forthcoming). Performance and interaction on soundcloud: Social remix and the fundamental techniques of conversation. Journal of Pragmatics (Special Issue).

Reed, D. J. (2015). Relinquishing in musical masterclasses: Embodied action in interactional projects. Journal of Pragmatics89, 31-49.

Giles, D., Stommel, W., Paulus, T., Lester, J., & Reed, D. (2015). Microanalysis of online data: The methodological development of “digital CA”. Discourse, Context & Media7, 45-51.

Reed, D. J. & Johnson, M. R. (2014). New technological localisms: A comparative analysis of two case studies. URBE, Brazilian Journal of Urban Management6(1), 57-52.

Reed, D. J. & Penfold-Mounce, R. (2014). Zombies and the sociological imagination: The walking dead as social science fiction. In L. Hubner, M. Leaning, & P. Manning (Eds.), The zombie renaissance in popular culture. (pp. 124-41). Palgrave Macmillan.

Reed, D. J. & Szczepek Reed, B. (2014). The emergence of learnables in music masterclasses. Social Semiotics24(4), 446-467.

Szczepek Reed, B., Reed, D., & Haddon, L. (2013). NOW or NOT NOW: Coordinating restarts in vocal masterclasses . Research on Language & Social Interaction46(1), 22-46.

Reed, D. & Szczepek Reed, B. (2013). Building an interactional project: Actions as components of music masterclasses. In B. Szczepek Reed & G. Raymond (Eds.), Units of talk - units of action. (pp. 313-42). John Benjamins.

Wooffitt, R., Jackson, C., Reed, D., Ohshi, Y., & Hughes, I. (2013). Self-identity, authenticity and the other: The spirits and audience management in stage mediumship. Language & Communication33(2), 93-105.

Reed, D. J. & Monk, A. (2011). Inclusive design: Beyond capabilities towards context of use. Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) Special Issue on Innovations in User Sensitive Design, Research and Development10(3).

Van Oost, E. & Reed, D. (2011). Towards a sociological understanding of robots as companions. Human-Robot Personal Relationships. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences. Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering59, 11-18.

Reed, D. J. & Webster, A. (2010). Architectures of motility: ICT systems, transport and planning for complex urban spaces. In Handbook of research on e-planning: ICTs for urban development and monitoring. (pp. 365-87). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

Reed, D. (2009). Observing and quoting newsgroup messages: Method and phenomenon in the hermeneutic spiral. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Reed, D. J. (2009). The performativity of a volunteer based telecare service. In B. Loader (Ed.), Digital welfare for the third age. Routledge.

Light, A., Blythe, M., & Reed, D. (2008). Defamiliarising design. Design Principles and Practices1(4), 63-72.

Reed, D. J. (2006). Design for inclusion. In J. Clarkson, P. Langdon, & P. Robinson (Eds.), Designing accessible technology. (pp. 53-64). London: Springer.

Reed, D. J. & Wright, P. (2006). Experiencing BLISS when becoming a bus passenger. In DIS '06: Proceedings of the 6th ACM conference on designing interactive systems. University park, PA, USA. New York, NY, USA: ACM Press.

Ashmore, M. & Reed, D. (2005). Innocence and nostalgia in conversation analysis. Special issue on qualitative social research - methodological reflections and disciplinary applications . Historical Social Research (Historische Sozialforschung)30 (1).

Reed, D. J. (2004). What recreational telephone conferencing can teach us about the future of mass communications. Interactions. Special Issue on Mass MediaXI(2), 63-67.

Reed, D. J. & Monk, A. (2004). Using familiar technologies in unfamiliar ways: Learning from the old about the new. Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS), Special Issue on Design Principles to Support Older Adults3(2), 114-121.

Ashmore, M. & Reed, D. (2000). Innocence and nostalgia in conversation analysis: The dynamic relations of tape and transcript. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(3).

Reed, D. & Ashmore, M. (2000). The naturally-occurring chat machine. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture3(4).


  • Conference Papers (peer reviewed)

Reed, D. J. (2009). Notes towards an inclusive digital economy. In INCLUDE 2009. Inclusive design into innovation: Transforming practice in design, research and business. Royal college of art, london, UK 5-8 april 2009.

Reed, D. J. & Fitzpatrick, G. (2008). Acting your age in second life. Fun N' Games, 2008.

Monk, A. & Reed, D. J. (2007). Telephone conferences for fun: Experimentation in people's homes. In A. Venkatesh, T. Gonsalves, A. Monk, & K. Buckner (Eds.), IFIP international federation for information processing, volume 241, home informatics and telematics: ICT for the next billion. (pp. 201-14). Boston: Springer.

Light, A., Blythe, M., & Reed, D. (2007). Defamiliarising design. In International conference on design principles & practices.

Reed, D. J. & Wright, P. (2006b). Place and the experience of BLISS. In HCI '2006: Engage. Queen Mary, University of London.

Reed, D. J. (2005). Learning from loseables: An exercise in critical reflection. In A. Sloane (Ed.), HOIT home oriented informatics and telematics (A. Sloane, Ed.). York.

Blythe, M., Reed, D., Wright, P., & Monk, A. (2005). Critical perspectives on dependability: An older person's experience of assistive technology. In CC '05: Proceedings of the 4th decennial conference on critical computing. ACM.

Blythe, M., Reed, D., Wright, P., & Monk, A. (2005). Critical perspectives on dependability: An older person’s experience of assistive technology. In Critical computing: Between sense and sensibility. The fourth decennial aarhus conference. Aarhus, Denmark.

Reed, D. (2005). Sociological and psychological issues and inclusive design: Beyond functional acceptability (early thoughts). In Workshop on user sensitive design, accessible design in the digital world, dundee.

Reed, D. (2001). 'Making conversation': Sequential integrity and the local management of interaction on internet newsgroups. In 34th annual hawaii international conference on system sciences ( HICSS-34) outrigger wailea resort, maui. IEEE Computer Society.


  • Magazine Articles

Roberts, P. & Reed, D. (2014). Learning as performance. Forum Magazine36(autumn).


  • Conference and Seminar Presentations

Reed, D. J. (2015). The aesthetics of the performing body. Panel: Aesthetics in Interaction. Revisiting Participation. University of Basel, 24th-27th June.

Reed, D. J. & Szczepek Reed, B. (2015). Displaying learning in performance settings: The co-construction of learner autonomy. Panel: The Social Organization of Learning in Classroom Interaction and Beyond. IPPrA 2015.

Reed, D. J. (2014). Performing and interacting on soundcloud. The micro-analysis of remix cultures. Unpolished Papers. York University.

Lester, J., Paulus, T., Reed, D. J., Stommel, W., & Giles, D. (2014). Orders of interaction in undergraduate blog conversations: IRE meets CMC. (ICCA - 14 International Conference on Conversation Analysis. Los Angeles, CA, 25th - 29th July, 2014).

Reed, D. J. & Szczepek Reed, B. (2014). Transitions between participation frameworks within an interactional project: The case of music masterclasses. ICCA14 (International Conference on Conversation Analysis). 25-29 July, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Haddon, L., Szczepek Reed, B., & Reed, D. J. (2013, February 6). In pursuit of the learnable: Learning and teaching practices in music masterclasses. Findings from interdisciplinary research on the music masterclass. (Research Colloquium Music Department, York University).

Haddon, L., Szczepek Reed, B., & Reed, D. (2012). Masterclass learning: An interdisciplinary perspective. 3rd Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Performing at the Heart of Knowledge. 17th-20th March, 2012. Guildhall School of Music.

Reed, D. (2011). Dancing interaction. The Second International Symposium on Culture, Creativity, and Interaction Design, July 4-5, Northumbria University.

Szczepek Reed, B., Haddon , L., & Reed, D. (2011). Performing teaching and the teaching of performance: A conversation analytic investigation of vocal masterclasses. IIEMCA Conference, July 10-14, Fribourg Switzerland.

Reed, D. & Penfold-Mounce, R. (2011). The zombification of the sociological imagination: The walking dead as social science fiction. Zombosium. Winchester University 28th October.

Reed, D. J. & Olivier, P. (2010). Ubicomp and the technologist as worldmaker. XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, 11-17 July.

Reed, D. & Light, A. (2010). Contested vulnerabilities in the performativity of age and technology. In Practicing science and technology, performing the social, EASST 2010, trento, italy, september 2-4 2010.

van Oost, E. & Reed, D. J. (2010). Towards a sociological understanding of robots as companions. 3rd Internation Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships.

Reed, D. (2009). Designing for non-users. Client-Centred Technology for Healthy Ageing. One Day Workshop, York UK, 20 April, 2009.

Fearon, K. & Reed, D. (2009). Second life for teaching and learning. Poster Presentation Learning and Teaching Conference, University of York, 10th June 2009.

Lewis, G. & Reed, D. J. (2007). Science blogs: Experimenting with practice and performance. In Toward a social science of web 2.0 conference, york 5-6 september.

Reed, D. J. (2006). Design for inclusion. In CWUAAT 06. University of Cambridge, UK.

Reed, D. J. (2006). Technology reminiscences of older people. In HCI '2006: Engage. Workshop entitled designing with elderly for elderly. Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Reed, D. J. (2005). Borders and appropriations in the relations between HCI and STS. Reflective methods workshop. In Society for social studies of science (4S). Pasadena, CA.

Blythe, M. & Reed, D. J. (2005). Less is loseable. In International forum 'less is more - simple computing in an age of complexity'. Microsoft Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Reed, D. J. (2004). The flow-test: A method for understanding the good conversation. In Games and social networks: A workshop on multiplayer games british HCI 2004.

Reed, D. J. (2004). Socialising from home. Workshop on the Social Aspects of Communication Technologies, Northumbria University, 8th November 2004.

Monk, A., Blythe, M., & Reed, D. (2004). Do you want to be looked after by a robot?: 16-17 march, 2004, university of york. In HEAT the home and electronic assistive technology.

Reed, D. J. (2003). Everyday pervasiveness and the coevolution of technology. Development Consortium CHI '03, 12-13.

Reed, D. J. (2003). Fun on the phone. The situated experience of recreational telephone conferences. In M. Blythe, A. Monk, K. Overbeeke, & P. Wright (Eds.), Funology. From usability to enjoyment. (pp. 67-80). London: Kluwer.

Reed, D. J. (2002). Towards dependability of technology assessment in the delivery of care to the elderly: A case study. Workshop Title: A New Research Agenda for Older Adults, BCS HCI 2002.


  • Conference and Workshop Organisation

International Symposium: MOOD-Y (Micro-Analysis of Online Data in York). Monday 14 July 2014.

Landmarks and Future Adventures:Celebrating 50 Years of Conversation Analysis.Tuesday 29 July 2014. 

Reed, D. J., Baxter, G., & Blythe, M. (2004). Living and working with technology. ECCE - 12 Twelfth European Conference Cognitive Ergonomics. York, UK.

Monk, A. F., Hassenzahl, M., Blythe, M., & Reed, D. (2002). Funology: Designing for enjoyment. Workshop CHI'02, 924-5.


  • Consultations

Reed, D. J. (2009a). An exploratory literature review in support of an inclusive digital economy. Prepared for the Inclusive Digital Economy Network, May 2009.

Reed, D. J. (2007). Report into a telephone-based support initiative for older people. Prepared for Hackney Borough Council.

Reed, D. J. & Monk, A. (2003). Evaluation of hartrigg oaks assistive technology installation. Final report. Evaluation of Hartrigg Oaks Assistive Technology Installation. Final Report.

Reed, D. J. (2002). Evaluation of Hartrigg Oaks Assistive Technology Installation. Interim Report.

  • Thesis

Reed, D. J. (2002). Observing and quoting newsgroup messages: Method and phenomenon in the hermeneutic spiral. Unpublished doctoral thesis. In Observing and quoting newsgroup messages: Method and phenomenon in the hermeneutic spiral. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Thesis, University of York.


External activities




  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Classical Sociological Theory


  • Contemporary Social Informatics

Contact details

Dr Darren Reed
Department of Sociology
University of York
Wentworth College
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 433047