Dr Fabian Broeker

Dr Fabian Broeker

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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English, German, Polish
Key Expertise
Digital Ethnography, Social Media, Platforms, Dating Apps

About me

Dr Fabian Broeker is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Fabian’s research focuses on technology and everyday life, particularly social media and dating apps, and how these interplay with questions of intimacy and identity. He is interested in urban environments and digital media practices and the study of these through ethnographic methodologies. Fabian holds a PhD from King’s College London, where he conducted an ethnographic study into young dating app users in Berlin, investigating the way dating rituals are narrativized and intimacies enacted across platform. He is currently writing a monograph based on his PhD fieldwork, “Love and Technology”, to be published with Routledge. He is an Associate Member of the Digital Anthropology Lab, University of Tübingen, and has a background in digital anthropology, completing his MSc in the subject at UCL. Alongside his research, Fabian is a filmmaker and videographer, having worked with clients across a variety of industries, including the BFI and the British Independent Film Awards. While in his visual work he is primarily active outside of academia, he is looking to merge these two sides of his career in future. As a researcher interested in digital media and platforms, Fabian has also worked as a research consultant with clients including Google and Word on the Curb.

Expertise Details

Digital Ethnography; Social Media; Platforms; Dating Apps



Fabian Broeker (2021) ‘We went from the anonymity of the internet into my private whatsapp’: rituals of transition among dating app users in Berlin. New Media & Society. online first, DOI: 10.1177/14614448211029200.

Fabian Broeker (2020). Gender and Motion Capture. In: Ross K. (ed) The international encyclopedia of gender media and communication. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI/10.1002/9781119429128

Fabian Broeker (2023) Spatial dynamics, dating app tourists, and location-porting in the tourist encounter, Tourism Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2023.2275730

Fabian Broeker (2023) The Evolving Digital Dynamics of Intimacy: Affordances and Dating Apps, in New Media New Society?, Book chapter, DOI: 10.26650/b/ss07ss49.2023.009.05. Part of ISBN: 9786050715484

Fabian Broeker (2023) Love and Technology: An Ethnography of Dating App Users in Berlin. First. London: Routledge. Print. DOI: 10.4324/9781003411635