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Tim Jordan

Dr Tim Jordan

Dr Timn JordanProfessor of Digital Cultures

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Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London
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Strand Campus


Tim Jordan is Professor of Digital Cultures (elect) at King's College London, leading development there of analysis of digital culture. He is a member of two departments, Culture, Media and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities. Tim has been involved in analysis of the social and cultural meaning of the internet and cyberspace since the mid-1990s. He is currently working on a book for Pluto Press on the politics of information and on the idea of 'being in the zone' among surfers and computer programmers. His recent work has been about communication and the internet, published in Internet, Society, Culture; communicative practices before and after the internet (Bloomsbury 2013) and he has previously published: Hacking: digital media and technological determinism (Polity 2008), Cyberpower (Routledge 1999) and, with Paul Taylor, Hacktivism and Cyberwars (Routledge 2004). Tim has also played a role in analysing social movements and popular protest with publications including Activism!: direct action, hacktivism and the future of society (Reaktion 2002), as co-editor of Storming the Millennium (Lawrence and Wishart 1999, with Adam Lent) and as a founding editor of the Taylor and Francis journal Social Movement Studies. In addition to his books on social movements and internet cultures, Tim has published on Pokemon, surfing and technology and cultural theory.
Tim began work at King's College London in 2011 leading the development of research and teaching into digital culture, including working on the MA Digital Culture and Society and the development of a BA Digital Culture. Prior to this Tim worked in Sociology at the Open University for eleven years, contributing widely to teaching and co-editing the books Security: sociology and the making of social worlds (Manchester University Press 2008, with Simon Carter and Sophie Watson) and Social Change (Blackwell 2002, with Steve Pile).
Tim has been Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London and of the Department of Sociology at the Open University. Tim's work has been translated into seven languages.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Internet Studies
  • Hacking and Hacktivism
  • Online Gaming
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Social Movements and Popular Protest

Tim Jordan has researched extensively on digital cultures. This covers a wide range of topics that relate to the effects the rise of the internet to mass use combined with increasing forms of digitisation has had. Tim has been working recently on both pre and post-Internet communication in order to understand what changes the Internet may or may not have brought in communication. This project involves an archival study of 19th Century letters to colonial Australia and an in-depth ethnographic examination of online gaming in persistent virtual worlds (World of Warcraft). This work resulted in a book published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. Tim has worked extensively over many years on digital cultures. He has completed projects on hacking, hacktivism, power in cyberspace and the nature of online politics. In all these he has been concerned to examine the nature of technologies, cultures and politics.

Tim has also explore the nature of protest, examining how cultures and sub-cultures were a key part of the rise of the alter-globalisation movement. Tim is also extending his work through a collaborative project on comparison between music and sport (in his case, surfing) in relation to theories of the body and post-humanity.

Tim welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • ‘Information As Politics, Culture Machine, 14, July 2013, available at

    Internet, Culture and Society: communicative practices before and after the internet, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

  • ‘Affordance, Technical Agency, and the Politics of Technologies of Cultural Production’, co-authored with Neff, G, McVeigh-Schultz, J. & Gillespie, T., Journal of Broadcasting Electronic Media, 56 (2), 2012, 299-313

  • ‘Troubling Companions: Companion Species and the Politics of Inter-relations’, NORA-Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 19:4, 2011, 264-279

  • 'Hacking and Power: social and technological determinism in the digital age', First Monday, 14(7), 2009, available at
  • Hacking: digital media and technological determinism, Cambridge; Polity  (Also available at King's College London library and from the publisher)
    'Politics and the Internet', Hayhtio, T. and Rinne, J. (eds)
  • (2008) Net working/Networking; Politics on the Internet, Tampere, University of Tampere Press, pp254-280, (also published in Finnish as '"Haktivism' kolme tyypia--Nettiteknologioiden politiikasta', Politiikka, 1, 2008, pp.21-36) 
For a complete list of publications, please see Tim's full research profile.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Dr Tim Jordan is actively involved in two blogs:  Analysis of digital culture.  International research group on cultural production in the digital age. Involves staff from outside King’s College London.


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