Prof William Housley
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75236
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
Address:1.10 Glamorgan Building
My research interests reflect a theoretically informed commitment to empirical sociological research that makes connections with other fields and disciplines. My current research interests can be divided into seven strands. They are as follows:
- Computational and Digital Sociology, COSMOS
- Political Communication, Citizenship, Interaction and the Mediated Public Sphere
- Ethnography, Theory Culture and Interpretive Analysis
- Team Work, Expertise and Professional Interaction
- Alternative Dwelling Construction, Lifestyle and Green Expertise
- Wales, Identity, Culture and Place
- Art and Devolution in Wales
I am co-founder of the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) that is currently funded by both the ESRC and JISC. I am currently involved in five ongoing research projects that relate to digital and computational sociology including as principal investigator: Hate Speech and Social Media: Understanding Users, Networks and Information Flows' and as co-investigator 'Social Media and Prediction: Crime Sensing, Data Integration and Statistical Modelling' (ESRC); ‘Digital Social Research Tools, Tension Indicators and Safer Communities: A demonstration of COSMOS’ (ESRC); ‘Supporting Empirical Social Science Research with a Virtual Research Environment’ (JISC) and ‘Requirements Analysis for Social Media Analysis Research Tools’ (ESRC).
In addition to the above I have conducted work funded by the British Academy on art and devolution in Wales and alternative dwelling and green expertise. I have also carried out extensive research on collaborative and professional team work, political communication and innovation in social research methods.
I have published widely in these and related areas (see publications). Forthcoming books include Digital Society: Theory, Method and Data (with Edwards, Williams and Burnap, Sage, 2015) and Advances in Membership Categorization Analysis (with Fitzgerald, Sage, 2014). I was the lead editor of a special issue for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology entitled Computational Social Science: Research Strategies, Design and Methods (2013).
My contribution to Sociology was confirmed through the award of a DSc Econ. by Cardiff University in the Spring of 2013.