Leighton lectures in Digital Media Cultures at the Hastings Campus. His research interests are in the philosophy of technology, phenomenology, digital cultures, digital media, location-based social networking, the transformation of work through digital technology and computational culture.
Leighton lectures in Digital Media Cultures, based at the Hastings Campus. Leighton received his PhD from Swansea University in 2013, and has worked for two years on the ERC-funded Programmable City project at Maynooth University, Ireland as a post-doctoral researcher. Leighton’s research interests are in the philosophy of technology, phenomenology, digital cultures, digital media, location-based social networking, the transformation of work through digital technology and computational culture.
Leighton’s research background is in the Philosophy of Technology and new media, and Leighton has published work on social media, location-based social networking, phenomenology, webnography, management systems, smart logistics and contingencies in ICT-enabled supply chains. Leighton’s primary research interests lie in the transformation of natural phenomena into data through digital technologies, and how this transformation leads to a normalisation of the digital in everyday life. Leighton draws on philosophical theory from the Continental school, in particular the works of Martin Heidegger, Peter Sloterdijk, Herbert Marcuse and Bernard Stiegler to work through the emergent issues of the co-presence of digital technology in everyday life. Leighton's current research work is on 'virtual worldliness', a project that assesses how users make sense of environments in virtual reality through their engagement with virtual objects.
Evans, L. and Saker, M. (2017). Location-based Social Media: Spatiality, Temporality and Identity. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Evans, L. (2015). Locative Social Media: Place in the Digital Age, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Evans, L. & Saker, M. (2016). Locative Media and Identity: Accumulative technologies of the self. Sage Open, August 2016, 6 (3), doi: 10.1177/2158244016662692.
Perng, S-Y., Kitchin, R. & Evans, L. (2016). Locative Media and data-driven computing experiments. Big Data and Society, July-December 2016: pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1177/2053951716652161
Saker, M., & Evans, L. (2016). Everyday life and locative play: an exploration of Foursquare and playful engagements with space and place. Media, Culture & Society, doi: 10.1177/0163443716643149
Saker, M., & Evans, L. (2016). Locative mobile media and time: Foursquare and technological memory. First Monday, 21 (2). doi:10.5210/fm.v21i2.6006
Evans, L., Wu, Y. and Price, E. (2015). A new hope: Experiences of accessibility of services in deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences post-digital television switchover. International Journal of Digital Television, 6 (3), pp. 347-366, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jdtv.6.3.347_1
Evans, L. (2015). Being-Towards the Social: mood and orientation to location-based social media, computational things and applications. New Media and Society, 17 (6), pp. 845-860. doi: 10.1177/1461444813518183.
Wang, Y., Sanchez-Rodrigues, V. and Evans, L. (2015). The Use of ICT in road freight transport for CO2 reduction – an exploratory study of UK’s grocery retail industry. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 26 (1), pp. 2-29, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-02-2013-0021
Evans, L. (2014). Maps as Deep: Reading the Code of location-based social networks. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 33 (1), pp. 73-80, doi: 10.1109/MTS.2014.2301858
Evans, L. (2011). Location-based Services: Transformation of the experience of space. Journal of Location Based Services, 5 (3-4), pp. 242-260, doi:10.1080/17489725.2011.637968
Evans, L. (2010). Thus Sang the Manic Street Preachers. Philosophy Now, 80, pp. 26-27.
Evans, L. & Perng, S-Y. (2017). ‘Spatial Knowledge and Behaviour’ in: Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T. & Wilson, M. W. (Eds.) Understanding Spatial Media, pp. 169-178, London: Sage.
Evans, L. (2016). Feeling Place in the City: strange ontologies, Foursquare and location-based social media. In Kitchin, R. and Perng, S-Y. (Eds.) Code and the City: Regions and Cities. London: Routledge, pp. 105-115.
Evans, L. (2013). How to Build a Map for Free: immaterial labour and location-based social networking. In Lovink, G. and Rasch, M. (eds.) Unlike Us: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, Amsterdam: Institute for Network Cultures, pp. 189-199.
Wang, Y., Naim, M. and Evans, L. (2013). Enabling Smart Logistics for Service Operations. In Owusu, G., O’Neill, P., McCall, J. and Doherty, N. F. (Eds.) Transforming Field and Service Operations. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 237-256.
Evans, L., and Rees, S. (2012). An interpretation of the Digital Humanities. In Understanding Digital Humanities (ed. Berry, D.M.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 21-41.
Evans, L. (2010). Authenticity Online: Using Webnography to Address Phenomenological Concerns. In New Media and the Politics of Online Communities (ed. Mousoutzanis, A. and Riha, D.). Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
Evans, L. (2010). A Phenomenological Analysis of Social Networking. In Humanity in Cybernetic Environments (ed. Riha, D.). Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
2016 – Creating Smart Cities, Maynooth University. Privacy Parenthesis, or the structural transformation of the private sphere. 6-7/9/2016.
2015 – Being Human Conference, University of Liverpool. Self Tracking Cultures and the Emergence of Hybrid Beings. 11/12/2015.
2013 – Unlike Us #3, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Buying and Selling People and Places: The Political Economy of Mobile Social Media. 26-27/3/2013.
2017 - Kitchin, R., Coletta, C, Evans, L. and Heaphy, L. Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Cork. The Multiscale Circuits of Smart Cities Policy Mobility. 05/05/2017.
2017 - Saker, M. and Evans, L. British Sociological Association Conference 2017, University of Manchester. The Personal and Public Impact of Pokemon Go: Contextualising Novelty within the Broader Canon of Locative Media. 05/04/2017
2015 - Evans, L. and Donnellan, B. AIS SIG PRAG, Pre-ICIS Workshop 2015 “Practice-based Design and Innovation of Digital Artefacts”, Fort Worth, Texas. Unpacking the thing in the Internet of Things. 12/12/2015.
2015 – Surveillance and Citizenship, Cardiff University. The Privacy Parenthesis: Citizenship in Late Capitalism and the Digital World. 19/6/2015
2015 – Bradshaw, R and Evans, L. STS Conference, Graz, Austria, Exploring Design in the Bike Share Sector. 12/5/2015.
2015 - Wu, Y, Evans, L and Price, E. MeCCSA, Northumbria University, Generations of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Audiences for Television: A Study of the Impact of the Digital Switchover. 7/1/2015.
2014 - Conference of Irish Geographers, UCD. Cows and Code: a literature review of software in dairy farming.
2014 – Code and the City Workshop, Maynooth University. Feeling Place in the City: Strange ontologies, Foursquare and Foam
2013 – ICA preconference, Conditions of Mediation: Phenomenological Approaches to Media, Technology and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London. The Importance of Being-Towards Social: mood and orientation to things and applications in social media.
2013 – BILETA, University of Liverpool. The Right to be Forgotten Against the Possibility: forgetting the user in the digital age.
2011 – MeCCSA postgraduate conference, Bournemouth University. Assembling the location.
2011 – AISB Philosophy and Computing symposium, University of York. Object-oriented Philosophy: the nature of relations between humans and computational objects.
2010 - 5th Global Conference: Cybercultures, Salzburg, Austria. Authenticity Online: using webnography to address phenomenological concerns.
2009 – MeCCSA postgraduate conference, Bangor University. Networked Alterity.
2008 – Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction, Mansfield College, Oxford University. The phenomenology of Social Networking.
2007 – Royal Institute of Philosophy Student Conference, University of the West of England. What value attaches to a restored landscape?
Evans, L. (2017). Award of £10,000 for 'Virtual Worldliness: making sense of presence on VR'. Rising Stars initiative at University of Brighton.
Evans, L. and Murphy, M. H. (2014). Award of £1160 for one-day workshop on privacy and technology issues, “Privacy: gathering insights from Lawyers and Technologists”. Held at Maynooth University, 1st July 2015.