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Humanities and Social Science

Dr Sian Lincoln

Dr Sian Lincoln

Telephone: 0151 231 5045


Reader in Communication, Media and Youth Culture.

Sian Lincoln has been teaching on the Media, Culture, Communication programme at LJMU since 2006. Previously she was Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Northampton. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University for her PhD, awarded in 2003. Her thesis explored the role of 'bedroom culture' in contemporary youth culture, focussing on teenage boys and girls living in the North-West of England. She has since published widely on the topic of youth culture and private space and is currently doing research on young people's sustained use of social network sites, primarily Facebook. Her research interests are around contemporary youth and youth cultures; spaces of youth cultures; social network sites and identity; and ethnography.

Sian is the author of Youth Culture and Private Space (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and co-editor with Yannis Tzioumakis of Time of our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture (Wayne State University Press 2013). She also co-edits 2 book series:

Cinema and Youth Cultures (Routledge) with Yannis Tzioumakis

Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music (with the Subcultures Network)

She is on the management committee of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change and is on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online (SRO).

Her current teaching includes: Analysing Cultural Themes and Debates (level 4); Research Methods (level 5); Contemporary Communications (level 5); Advanced Research Methods: Ethnography & the Everyday (level 6); Consuming Culture (level 6); Dissertation supervision and PhD supervision. She also contributes to the APSS M.Res programme.


2003, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PhD, Sociology

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017 - present
External Examiner, Sociology, Kingston University, 2013 - 2016



Lincoln S, Robards B. 2018. Growing up on Facebook Peter Lang. New York

Lincoln S. 2012. Youth Culture and Private Space Palgrave Macmillan 9781137031099

Internet publication

Lincoln S, Robards B. 2017. Guest post #12, Facebook Timelines: Young people's growing up narratives online >Link

Kruger S, Lincoln S. 2010. Enhancing Employability in Music: An Ethnographic Study into Student Experiences

Journal article

Lincoln S, Robards B. 2017. Uncovering longitudinal life narratives: Scrolling back on Facebook Qualitative Research,

Lincoln S, Robards B. 2016. Editing the project of the self: Sustained Facebook use and growing up online Journal of Youth Studies,

Lincoln S, Robards B. 2016. Making it 'Facebook Official': Reflecting on romantic relationships through sustained Facebook use Social Media and Society, 2 >DOI

Lincoln S. 2014. "I've Stamped My Personality All Over It": The Meaning of Objects in Teenage Bedroom Space SPACE AND CULTURE, 17 :266-279 >DOI >Link

Lincoln S. 2013. 'Styling' space: teenage girls, identity and consumption in contemporary culture Film, Fashion and Consumption,

Lincoln S, Lincoln S. 2012. "I've Stamped My Personality All Over It" The Meaning of Objects in Teenage Bedroom Space Space and Culture: the journal, :1-14

Light B, Griffiths M, Lincoln S. 2012. Connect and create: Young people, YouTube and Graffiti communities Continuum, 26 :343-355 >DOI

Geldens P, Lincoln S, Hodkinson P. 2011. Youth Identities, transitions, cultures JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 47 :347-353 >DOI >Link

Hodkinson P, Lincoln S. 2008. Online journals as virtual bedrooms? Young people, identity and personal space YOUNG, 16 :27-46 >DOI >Link

Lincoln S. Feeling the Noise: Teenagers, Bedrooms and Music Leisure Studies,

Lincoln S, Robards B. 10 years of Facebook New Media and Society, 7

Lincoln S, Robards B. ‘Being strategic and taking control: Bedrooms, social network sites and the narratives of growing up’ New Media and Society, >DOI


Lincoln S, Robards B, Vivienne S. 2016. Making meaning out of digital traces by 'holding space' for gender-diverse and queer research participants. McCosker A, Vivienne S, Johns A. Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture Rowan & Littlefield

Lincoln S. 2015. ‘My Bedroom is Me!’: Young People, Private Space, Consumption and the Family Home’ Casey E, Taylor Y. Intimacies, Critical Consumption and Diverse Economies Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9781137429070

Lincoln S. 2014. Young People and Mediated Private Space Bennett A. Mediated Youth Cultures Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke, Hampshire UK

Lincoln S. 2013. Media and Bedroom Culture Lemish D. Routledge. London

Lincoln S. 2013. "You Don't Own Me": Dirty Dancing as a Teenage Rite of Passage Film Tzioumakis Y, Lincoln S. The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture :167-182 Wayne State University Press. Detroit

Lincoln S. Beyond Bedrooms? Walkie Talkie . Belgium

Lincoln S. Teenage Girls' Bedroom Culture: Codes Versus Zones Palgrave Macmillan

Lincoln S. Bedroom Culture: A Review of Research Skelton T, Nairn T, Kraftl P. Geographies of Children and Young People: Space, Landscape and Environment Springer Reference 978-981-287-043-8

Editorial/letter to the editor

Lincoln S, Robards B. 2014. 10 years of Facebook NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY, 16 :1047-1050 >DOI >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Going "Facebook Official": Reflecting on romantic relationships through sustained Facebook use, Association of Internet Researchers 2016: Internet Rules!, Berlin, Humboldt Institute, Oral presentation 05/10/2016

The teenage bedroom as a mediated space, BSA Youth Study group conference: Youth Culture and New Technologies, University of Northampton, UK, Oral presentation

Editing the project of the self: Sustained Facebook use and growing up online, Journal of Youth Studies Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Oral presentation

Digital Traces, Youth Spaces, AHRD 'Subcultures Network' symposium, 'In/Between Spaces, LJMU, Oral presentation

Marking out the Narrative of Growing up: from the Bedroom to the Social Network Profile, Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age, Tallinn University, Estonia, Oral presentation

Making Space for the Private in Contemporary Youth Cultural Research, Youth Culture, Belongings and Transitions: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, Oral presentation

Locating Youth Cultural Practices in an Ever-Globalizing Europe, Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions and Cultures, University of Surrey, UK, Oral presentation

Transitional or Transitory? The Role of Private Space in Teenage Biographies, The ‘21st Century Teenager’, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, Oral presentation

Unfolding Biographies: Visualising Teenage Space, Children, Young People and Metamorphic Spaces, University of Jvaskyla, Finland, Oral presentation

‘Visualising Teen Spaces’, Annual Conference of International Visual Sociology Association, University of New York, New York, USA, Oral presentation

‘Online Journals As Virtual Bedrooms’, British Sociological Association, Youth Study Group Conference 'Young People and New Technologies, University of Surrey, Poster presentation

Conference organisation:

AHRC Subcultures Network Symposium: In/between Spaces, Symposium organiser with Dr Paul Hodkinson (University of Surrey)

BSA Youth Study Group Youth 2010: Identities, Cultures, Transitions, Co- Organiser with Dr Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, Prof. rachel Brooks, University of Surrey

Editorial boards:

Sociological Research Online

External collaboration:

University of Tasmania, Dr Brady Robards

External committees:

Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, Funded by the AHRC, Management group member

Media Coverage:, BBC Radio Four: Thinking Allowed 15/03/2107

Radio City: comment as social media expert on the 10th birthday of Facebook, 4th February 2014, BBC Radio 4, 'Archive on 4': A Girl's Own Story, November 15th 2014. In this documentary Ruby Tandoh explores the place of girls in youth culture over the decades from the teenage bedroom to riot grrrl, blogs, blogs and zines., BBC Radio 4: Bringing up Britain 'Bedrooms and Battlegrounds', Wednesday 26th September 2012, 8pm

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, British Sociological Association

Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies,

Co-Convenor, Youth Study Group, British Sociological Association,

Other invited event:

Tracy Emin and Popular Culture, Tate Liverpool, The talk in conjunction with the installation of Tracy Emin's My Bed explores the meaning and significance of 'private' space in Tarcy Emin's work against a back drop of popular culture that is dominated by exposure and self-surveillance. The talk was followed by an 'in conversation' with curator Darren Pih.

Talkie Walkie, LADDA, Ghent, Belgium, Invited speaker talking about the concept of 'zoning' for understanding the spatial dynamics of youth cultures in private space

Talkie Walkie Seminar, LADDA, Ghent, Belgium, Invited speaker talking about youth cultures and subcultures and the role of private space within these discussions

Media and Cultural Studies Seminar Series, Nottingham Trent University, Invited speaker to talk about my work on the meaning of objects in bedroom culture

Information systems organisation and society research centre, seminar series, University of Salford, invited speaker presenting work on online journals as virtual bedrooms.

ESRC 'Rethinking youth in the global age', University of Newcastle, Invited speaker to talk about locating 'private' space into youth cultural studies.

Politics and Communications Research Seminar Series, University of `Liverpool, Invited to the seminar to talk about the findings of the EC project on young peoples' access to culture

SexGen: Intimacies, Diverse Economics and Critical Consumption, University of Glasgow, I am an invited speaker and will talk about my work on bedroom culture, the home and the micro/macro politics of the family

4 jurisdictions family law conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool, invited speaker to talk about my work on young people's growing up narratives on Facebook.

What is Cool?, University of Chester, invited speaker to talk about my work on Facebook and teenage bedroom culture

Research Grants Awarded:

HEA PALATINE, Enhancing Employability in Music: An ethnographic study into students' work-based learning experiences, Simone Kruger, LJMU, Grant value (£): 7,000, Duration of research project: 12 months

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