Dr Simon Mills

Job: Senior Lecturer in New Media

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: n/a

E: smills@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/ccsr


Personal profile

Simon teaches new media theory and digital media practice.  His main research area is in the philosophy of technology with a focus on new media technology, socio-cybernetics and the work of Gilbert Simondon.  

Prior to joining DMU he worked for several professional web development agencies as well as the trAce Online Writing Centre.

Research group affiliations

  • Media & Communication Research Centre

Key research outputs


Mills, S (2016) Gilbert Simondon: Information, Technology and Media, Rowman & Littlefield, London. http://www.rowmaninternational.com/books/gilbert-simondon


Mills, S (2015) 'Simondon and Big Data' in Platform Journal of Media & Communication, vol. 6, pp. 59-72 [WWW] available from: http://platformjmc.com/vol-6/

Mills, S. (2011) 'Concrete Software: Simondon’s mechanology and the techno-social' in The Fibreculture Journal, Issue 18 [WWW] available from: http://eighteen.fibreculturejournal.org/2011/10/09/fcj-127-concrete-software-simondon%E2%80%99s-mechanology-and-the-techno-social/

Everitt, D. & Mills, S. (2009) 'Cultural Anxiety 2.0' in Media, Culture & Society, Sage: 31; 749 

Research interests/expertise

  • New Media (practice & theory)
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Gilbert Simondon
  • Ontology
  • Cybernetics

Areas of teaching

  • New Media theory
  • Cybernetics
  • Philosophy of technology
  • New Media Publishing
  • Digital publishing


  • PhD (University of the West of England) - Gilbert Simondon: Causality, Ontogenesis & Technology (Supervisor: Iain Hamilton Grant) 
  • PGCert(HE), De Montfort University.
  • Msc in Multimedia, Nottingham Trent University.
  • M.A. in Writing (Practice & Issues), Nottingham Trent University.
  • BA Hons Philosophy, University of Nottingham.

Courses taught

  • MEDS2007: New Media (Design & Production)
  • MEDS3109: New Media (Creative Project)
  • MEDS3403: Cybernetic Media

Conference attendance

  • Keynote Speaker: Culture & Technics: The Politics of Simondon's Du Mode
    Centre for Critical Thought, University of Kent, Canterbury, September 13th-15th, 2018

  • Simondon & Big Data (October 2015) Invited speaker at Werkkonferenz, Exhibition Design Institute of the HS Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences (HSD). http://werkkonferenz.de/2015/
  • Lying About the Future Makes History (September 2011) Conference Paper at Mediating Women, War and Terror, Women’s Media Studies Network; De Montfort University.
  • Externalism and Naturalism (August 2011) Conference paper at Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference, Human Experience and Nature: Examining the Relationship between Phenomenology and Naturalism; University of the West of England.
  • Simondon and Software (May 2010) Conference paper at Gilbert Simondon: transduction, translation, transformation; American University of Paris, France.
  • Concrete Software (July 2009) Conference paper delivered at Society of Philosophy of Technology: Converging Technologies, Changing Societies conference; University of Twente
  • Cultural Anxiety 2.0 (September 2007), Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0, University of York. Conference paper co-authored with Dave Everitt
Other forms of public presentation:
  • Response paper given to Graham Harman, ‘Weird Ontology.’ February 13, 2008. University of the West of England. Bristol, United Kingdom.

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

  • Peer reviewed article for Sociological review (2011), Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Peer reviewed article for Information, Communication and Society (2010), Sage.
  • Peer reviewed article for special issue of Convergence (2009), Sage.
Simon Mills