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Digital Sociology research group

The group builds on the work of the COSMOS project and is dedicated to understanding the risks, challenges and opportunities associated with new disruptive and transformative technologies (e.g. social media, big data, new forms of manufacture, surveillance and drone technology), exploring and operationalising collaborative problem solving and theory building, methodological development and innovation, digital pedagogies, scoping the parameters of networked labour and digital political economy, and a theoretical and empirical understanding of digital civics, digital community and identities and the wider re-ordering of social relations in the digital age.

The aim of the group is to promote and support sociological research activity that addresses an urgent need to understand the emerging contours of Digital Societies and transformative technologies at system, networked and situated frames of social action and organisation.

In addition to providing a supportive environment for postgraduate scholars and early career researchers, and co-ordinating collaborative funded research proposals and projects, this research group provides digital method, theory and data workshops/training and promote the sharing of best practice, arranges relevant seminars and presentations from external partners and speakers and builds national and international connections and networks with the global DSR community.

Academic staff

Professor William Housley

Professor William Housley

Chair in Sociology

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