DR. RACHAEL KENT

DIGITAL HEALTH RESEARCH &
CONSULTANCY EXPERTISE

Dr. Digital Health corporate wellbeing consultancy is developed from Dr. Rachael Kent's digital health and COVID-19 digital behaviours research. Providing, for individuals, employees, and business strategy, ways to manage the impact of digital technology, tech compulsions, and digital overload on our everyday mental and physical health.

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  • Dr. Kent’s clients include NHS England, The Ada Lovelace Institute, Vivo Barefoot, Hasta World, Hausfeld, Talk Health, Heights, and Canva8.
     

  • Dr. Kent’s first book 'The Health Self - Digital Performativity and Health Management in Everyday Life', will be published in 2021 by Bristol University Press as part of the Quantified Societies and Selves Series.
     

  • Lecturer in Digital Economy & Society, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London: MSc Digital Economy, MA Digital Asset and Media Management, MA Digital Culture and Society, BA Digital Culture, and MSc Medical Humanities.

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Dr. Kent is principal Investigator for ‘Covid-19 and Digital Technology: Shifting Sociality, Communication and Health Practices in the Wake of the Global Pandemic’ (Arts and Humanities Faculty COVID-19 Research Grant). This project draws on new empirical data during the UK national lockdowns 1.0-3.0 period of the COVID-19 pandemic (ethics: MRA-19/20-18193). 

 

This research examines how individuals and businesses navigate digital saturation, tech overload and fatigue; how personal and professional sociality, communication, and health behaviours become mediated almost entirely via the digital screen, and the impact of this on mental and physical health during the pandemic.

Research Specialisms:

  • COVID-19 & digital behaviours

  • Digital health & food cultures

  • Technology 'addiction' & digital detoxing

  • Quantified-self & self-tracking

  • Datafication & surveillance

  • Identity & mediated bodies

  • Social media & (self-) representation

  • Climate change communication & digital environmental activism

  • Ethnography & qualitative research methods