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Dr Garfield Benjamin

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

Garfield Benjamin


Garfield is a senior lecturer in sociology, teaching issues of data, technology, media, power, identity and society. Before that, they were a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to joining Solent, Garfield worked at the Birmingham Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy, after completing a PhD in Digital Technology Theory and Practice at the University of Wolverhampton.

Research interests

Garfield Benjamin’s research and teaching focuses on the social impact of technology, attending to issues of power, identity and inequality. They have been at Solent since 2018, starting as a postdoctoral researcher and then lecturer. Before joining Solent, Garfield worked as a research officer for the Birmingham Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy. They hold a PhD in Digital Technology Theory and Practice from the University of Wolverhampton. At Solent, Garfield is active within areas of research, ethics, academic misconduct and student support.




Technology, privacy, algorithms, platforms, social media, performativity, social narratives

Further information

PI, ‘Privacy I/O’ – Solent University (Research England)

PI, ‘The Speculative City’ – Solent University (RIKE)

Co-I, ‘Return to Sender’ – Europeana

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Sociology

An exciting subject, sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in public and private sectors.

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

This degree helps you develop critical perspectives on social behaviours, exploring justice, crime and inequality, to prepare you for a successful career and make a meaningful contribution to society.