Dr Vera Beckley-Hoelscher

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Personal profile

Vera's research focuses on shared spaces of ethical consumption. Looking at both the physical as well as the digital realm, her aim is to explore the impact sharing space can have on networks of ethical consumption. Part of this is her interest in the qualitative differences of interactions that happen offline versus those engaged in online. In considering these spaces, Vera researches whether ethical consumption communities can utilise digital space to scale up on shared physical space. 

Other work

Outside of Vera’s research into the use of digital technologies by ethical consumption communities, she is an active member of the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway and works on a joint project titled Green IT in a Digital Generation, which discusses the social and environmental impacts of electronics consumption. Together with Rafael Font, Yasaman Soltan-Zadeh and Dr. Dorothea Kleine, Vera organised the Life of Electronics conference in London in 2014 that discussed the issues associated with the lifecycle of electronic products, from their design, mining and manufacturing, to their use and, finally, recycling. The Life of Electronics format will also feature as an open session at the ICTD 2015 Singapore conference on May 15. Find out more here.


Vera undertakes teaching responsibilities in the School of Management as well as the Department of Geography, where she has held guest lectures at postgraduate level and taught workshops on the first year undergraduate course MN 1305 Markets and Consumption. 


Research interests

Ethical consumption, Consumer Culture Theory, ICT4D

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