Tom De Leyn

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.


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Youth Culture


Social Media


Tom De Leyn joined the Department of Communication Sciences of Ghent University and the Department of Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University as a PhD candidate (joint PhD) in September 2018. He is affiliated to the imec research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (imec-mict-UGent). Before, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (KU Leuven) and graduated as a master in Social & Cultural Anthropology (KU Leuven). His master thesis examined youth culture in Greece during the socio-economic crisis. He conducted extensive ethnographic research in Athens to gain an in-depth insight into the precarious lives of the Greek youth.

Currently, Tom is working on a Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)-funded project about mobile youth culture and the privacy management of teenagers on location-based social networks. Rather than looking into individual control of privacy, he utilizes a youth cultural lens to examine the collective privacy practices of youngsters. The research method is a combination of ethnographic fieldwork, interviews and focus groups