Dr Łukasz Szulc


Łukasz joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2018 as a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society. He defended his PhD on nationalism and transnationalism in queer digital cultures in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp in 2015.

He is a recipient of European Commission’s Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for the project on queer migrant identities and social media profiles, which he has conducted in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Łukasz has been actively involved in the International Communication Association. He acted as the association’s board member and co-chair of the LGBTQ Interest Group (2017-2021), after serving as the group’s Student and Early Career Representative between 2016 and 2017.

Łukasz’s work is dedicated to cultural and critical media studies which investigate the role of media in everyday life. He has been particularly interested in the intersections of queer, national and transnational identities in the context of globalisation and digital media.

He usually discusses those topics from the perspective of Central and Eastern European countries, particularly Poland, advocating internationalisation and de-westernisation of media studies.

His current research project looks into the transformations of identity in the digital media landscape of the early XXI century, examining self-presentation practices of Polish LGBTQs in the UK.

Research areas:

  • Cultural and critical media studies
  • Digital media and identity
  • Queer theory and LGBTQ studies
  • Nationalism and transnationalism
  • Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland
  • Qualitative research methods


Research report

In English: Szulc, L. (2019) Queer #PolesinUK: Identity, Migration and Social Media.

In Polish: Szulc, L. (2019) LGBTQ #PolesinUK: Tożsamość, Migracja i Media Społecznościowe.

Academic publications

Szulc, L. (in press). Queer globalization and the media. In K. Ross, I. Bachmann, V. Cardo, S. Moorti, & M. Scarcelli (Eds.) The international encyclopedia of gender, media, and communication. Wiley.

Szulc, L. (2020). Queer migrants and digital culture. In K. Smets, K. Leurs, S. Witteborn, M. Georgiou, R. Gajjala (Eds.), Sage handbook of media and migration. London: Sage, pp. 220-232.

Dhoest, A., & Szulc, L. (2019). Queer migration and digital media. In P. Moy (Ed.) Oxford bibliographies in communication. Oxford University Press.

Szulc, L. (2018). Profiles, Identities, Data: Making Abundant and Anchored Selves in a Platform Society. Communication Theory, 1-20.

Blog posts

Szulc, L. (2019). Queer and over here: Polish migrants stay on despite Brexit. LSE Brexit Blog.

Szulc, L. (2019). How LGBT rights became a key battleground in Poland’s election. LSE EUROPP Blog.

Szulc, L. (2019). Our Profile(d) Selves: How social media platforms use data to tell us who we should be. LSE Impact Blog.

Szulc, L. (2017). The Intimate (Self-)Regulation of Big Tech. LSE Media Policy Project Blog.

Media coverage

Interview for The Migration Podcast (2020) by IMISCOE, International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe.

Article by EU CORDIS published in six languages (2019) Being queer and Polish in Brexit Britain.

Article by LSE News (2019) Why do LGBTQ Polish people choose to immigrate to the UK?