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Independent Researcher and Author

About Me

Julie Samuels is an independent researcher and artist with a background in performance, fine art, and digital media working within the creative media industry and the higher education sector. Julie has maintained a keen interest in understanding not only how individuals engage with technology but also how it impacts upon and continues to profoundly change people’s lives both personally and professionally. 

Whilst her primary research is within the field of social sciences, she continues to develop her research network across a variety of disciplines including digital art, open source software, multi-platform design, narrative and digital life writing, HCI, wearable technologies, and gerontology. Julie continues to present her research and art both at home and internationally at conferences and exhibitions.  

Julie completed her Masters of Philosophy research degree at the University of Sussex.

Julie is the author of Adoption in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. ISBN: 3319704125).

Latest News

Special issue of "Creating Age-friendly Communities: Housing and Technology" - journal

For this special issue journal, Hannah Ramsden Marston and Julie Samuels wrote A Review of Age Friendly Virtual Assistive Technologies and their Effect on Daily Living for Carers and Dependent Adults. Healthcare (Basel). 2019 Mar; 7(1): 49.

Samuels on Adoption in the 21st Century

In this article Julie Samuels, author of Adoption in the Digital Age, discusses experiences of adoption in the 21st Century, considering the impact of increasingly prevalent digital media.

Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (ISCC) - journal

In this journal article, Julie Samuels examines Reframing adoptive family narratives through digital and social media technologies pp. 239-250(12) IN: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (ISCC) 

Biography

Julie is an independent researcher and has lectured in the field of digital media technologies, visual communication, fine art, and interactive design. Her primary research is within the field of social sciences. Julie's research examines the transformation of adoption and fostering due to the Internet.

Previous employment has included course leader Digital Media Design at City College Brighton and Hove, senior lecturer in Creative Technologies at the University of West London and visiting lecturer at Lincoln College. Prior to working in the higher education sector, she worked for many years as a web trainer for BBC Upfront and FDM Group Plc. Other non-academic roles have included interactive television developer for ITV Digital and Telewest (now Virgin Media) and an e-learning developer for Schoolsnet, Prudential and Maxim Training.

Julie completed her degree in Visual and Performing Arts at Brighton Polytechnic where she specialized in fine art painting and dance. She continued to develop her fine art practice in digital format at masters level at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Julie pursued her interest in digital/interactive media at the University of Portsmouth where she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in European (Digital) Media. Julie also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from the University of West London and a Master of Philosophy Reseach Degree from the University of Sussex.

Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy (research degree) in Adoption narratives in a digital age: How are social and digital media changing adoption narratives? (Sussex University)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (University of West London)
  • BSL Level 1 Sign Language (Uckfield Community College)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in European (Digital) Media (University of Portsmouth)
  • Masters Degree in Fine Art (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
  • BA (Hon’s) Visual & Performing Arts (Brighton Polytechnic)
  • BTEC Foundation in Art and Design (Birmingham Polytechnic)

Miscellaneous

  • July 2007 - awarded the Faculty Award for Teaching and Learning Support for pastoral care, personal tutoring, and mentoring (Thames Valley University)
  • Undertaken training in Safeguarding and the Protection of Young People and Vulnerable Adults; Equality, and Diversity; Working With Dyslexic Learners; E-Safety; Team Teach; First Aid.
  • DBS cleared

          Employment

          • August 2016 to present - Independent Researcher, Digital Artist and Teacher/Tutor (supply)
          • September 2015 to July 2016 - Visiting Lecturer Lincoln College of Art and Design
          • September 2007 to April 2014 - Course Leader Foundation Degree & BA Honours Digital Media Design (City College Brighton and Hove - validated and awarded by Brighton University)
          • October 2006 to May 2011 - Web Trainer (BBC  Upfront via Alpha Training)
          • September 2002 to August 2007 - Senior Lecturer Creative Technologies (Thames Valley University)         
          • 2006 – Developing Digital Diversity - part of the project management team for the Developing Digital Diversity conference at the ICA, London (Thames Valley University).
          • October 2000 to April 2002 - Developer for Digital Television (ITV Digital)
          • July 1998 and October 2000 - Web Trainer and Web Development consultant for various client sites (FDM Group PLC) including:
          • Developer for Digital Television (Telewest Communications)
          • Flash Developer (schoolnet.com)
          •  Web Development Trainer (in-house trainer for FDM)
          • Multimedia Trainer (Prudential Bank)
          • IT Help Desk (Tullett & Tokyo Liberty PLC)
          •  Developer (CMG Microlex)
          • July 1996 to September 1997 - E-learning Developer (Maxim Training)
          • July 1994 to April 1995 - Conference Organiser for CADE, Computers in Art & Design Education (Brighton Polytechnic)

          Research

          Julie continues to build up a wide network across a variety of disciplines. At the same time, she actively pursues opportunities to publish her work in both journals and book chapters. Julie welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other academics, artists, writers etc., 

          Master of Philosophy research degree

          In 2016 Julie completed her Master of Philosopy research thesis (MPhil) Adoption and narrative in the digital age: how are social and digital media changing adoption? at the University of Sussex.

          Abstract

          This thesis explores some of the twenty-first century social networking challenges faced by all those involved in adoption. Written as an account of some fundamental changes taking place, where adoption and social networking have collided, this work examines some of the emerging tensions. Although much of the research is UK focused, the changes within adoption in relation to social networking are more widely applicable. The inclusion of research material from other countries, including the US, is representative of these changes taking place within the field of adoption.

          Through the examination of popular media and adoption as narratives, an indication of social networking’s pervasiveness and the unforeseen changes in the provision of care of looked after children begin to emerge. In this new and still uncharted digital territory, all aspects of what it means to be adopted continue to evolve in the context of networked media cultures.

          Research Interests

          Julie's research interest in adoption crosses into other areas including: 

          • Memory (collective and individual identity formation)
          • Networked memory
          • Education
          • Gerontology
          • Digital life writing
          • ICT use across society
          • Family studies
          • Narrative
          • Media and communication
          • Social work (adoption and fostering)
          • Media culture
          • Disability

          Research Output

          Publications, Conferences, Interviews

          Peer Reviewed Journals, Books, Reports and Other Articles

          SCHROER, S and SAMUELS, J (2019) Accessing and Receiving Support. Available at: https://campaignforadoptionpermanence.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/accessing-and-receiving-support.-a-research-report.-30.5.19.pdf.

          MARSTON, H.R., & SAMUELS, J. (2019).  A review of Age Friendly Virtual Assistive Technologies and their Effect on Daily Living for Carers and Dependent Adults. Special Issue of "Creating Age-friendly Communities: Housing and Technology"Healthcare 7(1): 49; doi:1 10.3390/healthcare7010049.

          SAMUELS, J (2019). Fighting for an equal chanceAdoption Today (Magazine), Feb. 2019, p. 24, https://www.adoptionuk.org/adoption-today-latest.

          SAMUELS, J (2018). Samuels on Adoption in the 21st Century. Social Science Matters, Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/social-science-matters/samuels-on-adoption-in-the-21st-century

          SAMUELS, J. (2018). Reframing adoptive family narratives through digital and social media technologies. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 9:2, pp. 239–250, doi: 10.1386/iscc.9.2.239_1

          SAMUELS, J. (2018). Adoption in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-70413-5

          HERNANDEZ, L., & SAMUELS, J. (2006). The Use of Technology within the Learning Environment. Centre for Learning in Art and Design (cltad). ISBN: 0-9541439-5-7 **chapter available on CD to accompany the book.

          Speaker / Panel Presentations

          SAMUELS, J. (2018). Social and Digital Media Technologies: Facilitating and Documenting Adoption Reunification. 2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

          SAMUELS, J. (2015). Adoption in the digital age: How are social and digital media technologies changing adoption?. Social work education and research across boundaries. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

          SAMUELS, J. (2012). Can The Digital Documentation Of Life Be A Useful Aid To Sustaining Social Lives As Part Of Ageing And Terminal Illness?. The Centre for Death & Society conference (CDAS), ‘Dying in the Digital Age’, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI), UK.

          MARSTON, H.R., & SAMUELS, J. (2011). As we age, does life existence continue within the digital space?. British Society of Gerontology conference (BSG), University of Plymouth, UK.

          SAMUELS, J. (2010). Digital Memories: Using Technology to Create Reflections of Life as part of the Ageing Process, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, USA.

          SAMUELS, J. (2008). Can open source / social software be used to enhance C-learning? JISC RSC South East: Digital Creativity Event for Learning and Teaching, London, UK.

          HERNANDEZ, L., & SAMUELS, J. (2006). The Use of Technology within the Learning Environment, CLTAD (Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design), Lisbon, Portugal.

          Interviews / Discussions / Blogs

          SAMUELS, J (2019). Julie Samuels in conversation with The Adoption & Fostering Podcast: Conversation & discussion on contemporary Adoption & Fostering. Episode 55: Digital Adoption Challenges. Available: https://adoptionandfostering.podbean.com/?s=julie+samuels / https://twitter.com/Adoption_pcast. January 17, 2019

          SAMUELS, J (2015). Interviewed by Rachel Schraer, Community Care (online).  Less than 2% councils provide social media guidance for social workers. Available: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/04/29/less-2-councils-provide-social-media-guidance-social-workers/ April 29, 2015

          Abstract Reviewer

          2016 - IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics - (2017 San Francisco, California) (abstract reviewer)

          2012 - The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) (submission reviewer)

          2007 - IACIS Conference Program & Refereed Proceedings (47th Annual IACIS Fall Conference October 3-6, 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia) (submission reviewer)

          2007 - DEFSA conference:  FLUX - Design Education in a Changing World  (a member of the peer review panel)

          Art 

          2018 - Venice Vending Machine, The Art Hostel, Leeds, UK (participating artist)

          2018 - Venice Vending Machine, Tate Exchange, Liverpool, UK (participating artist)

          2016 - Venice Vending Machine Edition 3, Italy (participating artist)

          1995 - On The Fiddle magazine, The Levellers (magazine layout artist)

          1994 - Arcade International Exhibition of Electronic Prints, Brighton Polytechnic Gallery (print exhibited)

          1992 - AHRTAG - Working for health worldwide (annual review cover illustration)

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