Dr Bex Lewis

Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

[CANCER] Treatment 14/? has been done! #IAmThe31 .. with a little help from @ogcancerpatient

I still feel like I am recovering from October, with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and trying to bring more awareness to Secondary Breast Cancer than just one day in the year through (appearing in the Daily Mail and) getting my walking average up to 3.1km average for the month - surprisingly hard considering I look back pre-illness to cycling 12 miles a day to work, walking all over a massive building, then going to the…

[PRESS] Featured in @MailOnline as part of @METUPUKorg talking about ‘pink positivity’ and #SecondaryBreastCancer

My section of the article starts: Bex Lewis, from Stockport, was diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2017, which developed to secondary breast cancer in 2019. She claims one reason for the charity sector’s reluctance to highlight the issues facing patients with the incurable condition is because women who are dealing with their first diagnosis don't want to hear about it.  Bex adds that many women report the support networks of other primary breast cancer…

#EmptyShelf20: October

I've been doing a lot of stuff for METUP-UK this month, slept a lot, and played with 'Colour By Numbers' so not read a great deal - these 4 short texts worth a read though: Youth Ministry Online: Using Social Media Platforms by Tim Gough My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another short text, worth a read. Tim has years of experience working with youth, online and offline,a and has plenty of good thoughts for…

[CANCER] It’s been a long #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #BCAM #IAmThe31

Well here we are, November... and the focus for cancer awareness moves to lung and pancreatic cancers ... basically we hate all cancers, right. I know we've all got to die at some point, but it would be great if we weren't tipped into an early grave by cancer (and other illnesses) - and also that we wouldn't have to live with the crappy side effects.   View this post on Instagram   #BusyLivingWithMets A…

[EVENT] #DigitalLabs Conference by @ChurchOfEngland

The last couple of days have really made my brain work... but I've really enjoyed the mix of sessions (strategic and practical), and been able to listen to a number of them whilst doing other bits and bobs, whilst capturing some of them for Twitter! It's encouraging to se how much the Church of England digital work has moved forward over the last few years (I used to run training sessions at Church House, London,…