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Dr Mike Ryder

Lecturer in Marketing

Mike Ryder

Charles Carter Building



Research overview

My interdisciplinary research explores the way 'life' is created and sustained as a discursive construct. In particular, I am interested in biopolitics and the works of Foucault, Agamben, Derrida and Deleuze applied to our understanding of articificial forms of life, including robots and AI, and how these are framed relative to the human.  

Career Details

Prior to my life as an academic I  worked as a content writer in the video games industry, and professional ghostwriter in the healthcare sector. More recently, I have worked in digital communications and marketing at various HE institutions including Lancaster, UCLan and CCCU. 

Web Links

My personal website can be found at www.mjryder.net.

I am also Director at Mental Capacity Ltd – a specialist healthcare training provider based in the North West.


  • PhD English Literature: 'Citizen Robots: Biopolitics, the Computer and the Vietnam Period'
  • MA English – Distinction
  • BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing – 1st
  • A-levels: Maths, Physics, History, Business and Economics, Government and Politics, General Studies
  • AS-levels: English, Sociology, Film Studies

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