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Sociology Research


Rikke's research explores the increasing incorporation of new media and digital technology into people's social and intimate lives and practices. More specifically, it examines the concept of 'mediated intimacy' in relation to digitally mediated practices of sociality. Past research has focused on the practice of creating, sending and receiving private sexual images – an activity that is also known as ‘sexting’. In conducting this research, Rikke developed the concept of 'digitally mediated intimacy work' and examined (1) how notions of intimacy are expressed in and through adults’ sexting practices, and (2) how sexting creates novel opportunities for the establishment of emotional closeness, as well as a heightened level of social and technological risk, like the risk of being hacked by unknown others or the risk of the non-consensual distribution of one’s private sexual images.

Research Interests

Rikke's research interests involve, but are not limited to: social and technological risk, trust, mediated intimacy, neoliberalism, postfeminism, sociological approaches to power and ideology, the impact of modern technology on gender and sexuality, representation and speech act theory.


Undergraduate Dissertations

SOC7: Media, Culture and Society

Undergraduate and Graduate Study Skills Sessions

MPhil in Media and Culture

Supervision of Undergraduate and Graduate Dissertations

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Amundsen, R., 2019. Cruel Intentions and Social Conventions: Locating the Shame in Revenge Porn. In: D. Ging and E. Siapera, eds. 2019. Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.131-149. 

Amundsen, R., 2019. “The Price of Admission”: On Notions of Risk and Responsibility in Women’s Sexting Practices. In: K. Lumsden and E. Harmer, eds. 2019. Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.145-164. 

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Amundsen, R. 2020. "Hetero-sexting as mediated intimacy work: ‘Putting something on the line’". New Media and Society. 0 (0), pp.1-16. 

Amundsen, R. (2020). ‘A male dominance kind of vibe': Approaching unsolicited dick pics as sexism. New Media & Society.

Amundsen, R. (2018) “Kind of like making porn of yourself”: understanding sexting through pornography, Feminist Media Studies.

Research Groups & Affiliations


March 2020: University of Cambridge Single Contribution Reward for designing and delivering Study Skills sessions in the Department of Sociology.

Job Title:
Teaching Associate