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Meet the Me and My Big Data Project Team

Meet the researchers from the University of Liverpool and beyond who are contributing to the Me and My Big Data project.

Prof Simeon Yates BA BSc DipNatSci PhD

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research Environment and Postgraduate Research

Simeon is Associate Head of School (Research and Impact) and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Science. His research on the social, political and cultural impacts of digital media includes a long-standing focus on digital media and interpersonal interaction. More recently, he has worked on projects that address issues of digital inclusion and exclusion and projects that address the use of digital technologies in the context of security and crises — with this work funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), EU and industry. Simeon’s work has often been interdisciplinary and has predominantly involved creative and digital industry partners. He was one of the leads on a major Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded interdisciplinary programme (Engineering for Life) while at Sheffield Hallam.

Simeon has been researching the impacts of the internet and new / digital media on language and culture since 1990. His PhD thesis (1993) is a large-scale linguistic comparison of speech, writing and online interaction. Subsequent published work has covered analyses of gender differences in computer-mediated communication (CMC), gender and computer gaming, email and letter writing, science in the mass media and text books on social research methods — in particular, linguistic and discourse analytic methods.

He was previously the Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital, a strategic collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. He established the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University, and has previously worked at the Open University and at the University of Leeds. As well as a background in social science, Simeon has an interest and training in science (geology).

For Beyond the Multiplex, Simeon will lead the development of Socio-Cultural Index and the Longitudinal Survey.

Dr Elinor Carmi  

Postdoc Research Associate in Digital Culture & Society Communication and Media

Elinor Carmi is a digital rights advocate, researcher and journalist who has been working, writing and teaching on deviant media, internet standards, cyber-feminism, software studies, sound studies and internet governance. Currently, she is a postdoc research associate in digital culture and society at Liverpool University (UK) where she works on several ESRC and AHRC projects around digital ways of being, digital inclusion and digital literacies. In addition to writing her book about spam, she is also working on special issues for Theory, Culture & Society about (re)designing media time and for the Internet Policy Review about what digital inclusion means today. 

In addition to her research, Elinor has over seven years experience in organising conferences, workshops and screenings which brought academics, artists and activists together. Her most recent activities include: “The data mass - Between micro targeting and macro mobilisation” (24/04/2018, Senate House), “Rethinking Politics in Data Times” (2017-2018, Royal Holloway) and “Defending Human Rights in a Digital Age” (Goldsmiths, 21-26/02/2015). 

Previously, she worked as a Teaching fellow at the Politics & International Relations Department at Royal Holloway. She was a Visiting Lecturer at the Global Media Management M.A. programme at Winchester School of Art and a Visiting Lecturer at the Sound Design B.A. programme at London South Bank University. She was also an Associate Lecturer at the Advertising Department at London College of Communications and at the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths. 

In addition, she was a radio broadcaster, an editor of Trance channels on Israeli television, and has been working for various electronic music labels for almost a decade. In 2013, she published a book based on her M.A. thesis titled TranceMission: The Psytrance Culture in Israel 1989-1999 (Resling Publishing).

Alicja Pawluczuk 

Alicja Pawluczuk is a PhD candidate at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, an experienced participatory digital media practitioner and a founder of a digital literacy educational collective Digital Beez. Through a participatory, critical and multidisciplinary approach, her academic research examines the social impact of youth digital culture in the United Kingdom. 

She has a track record of peer-reviewed publications, and digital literacy related to public engagement activates. Alicja has extensive experience in digital literacy community projects design, facilitation, and evaluation. Alicja's teaching practice is rooted in the areas of democratic education and community development. Her teaching and research practice is socially driven and her ambition is to work towards the development of human-centered, ethical and evidence-based solutions to the challenges of the digital society. 

Alicja is a founder of Digital Beez, a digital literacy collective based in Scotland, where she has developed and facilitated a number of the UK and European projects. As a professional digital media practitioner, she also managed and contributed to digital literacy and digital learning projects at the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Erasmus Initiatives, the Research Centre on Children & Families, Fife Culture Trust, Fife Migrants Forum, Edinburgh University, Skills Development Scotland, Maverick Television and the National Health System (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Twitter: @alicjapawluczuk

Briddgete Wessels

Professor of Sociology in the School of Social & Political Sciences at University of Glasgow and PI of the Beyond the Multiplex project.

Her research focuses on social change, media including digital media and cultural participation. She has extensive research experience in the area of digital culture in a wide range of areas, such as public sphere, the creative and cultural industries, media and new media, e-services, and digital culture in everyday life studies. She is particularly interested audiences and cultural engagement in regional contexts and she is just finishing a project that focuses on regional media in a global media age in Sweden (REGPRESS) as well as research with the Courtauld Gallery on audience engagement and a study of regional film audiences in the North of England.

She has recently finished working on projects that focus on the open data and knowledge society, participatory design for digital research in the early modern newsbooks, mainstreaming telehealth, the role social media in the new dynamics of cultural audiences. She has also just finished working on the relationship between social media and political culture. These foci also involve addressing methodological challenges in terms of working with big data in meaningful ways. Bridgette has undertaken comparative research in Europe that addresses diversity, participation and communication. She has also undertaken research globally in developing countries looking at inclusion and the digital divide.

She has written 6 books including Open Data and the Knowledge society (Amsterdam University Press), Social Change: process and Context (Palgrave, 2014), Understanding he Internet:a socio-cultural perspective( Palgrave). She has published numerous articles and has had research funding from the research councils in the UK as well as European funding. She has been on advisory boards for the EU, UK government, the Association of South East Asia nations, and the Consumer Action Network, Australia, and the EU e-Forum Privacy Group, including the EU ICT–China programme.

Dr Eleanor Lockley (BA Hons, MA, PhD, FHEA)

Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer

Eleanor is  currently a Research Fellow in the Communication and Computing Research Centre (CCRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses around the sociology of communication and digital media: how people make use of and interact with technology and digital media, as well as issues associated with new media and society, digital inclusion and digital and media literacy. 

Eleanor has eleven years experience working on interdisciplinary research projects at Sheffield Hallam University (including commercial consultancy through knowledge transfer activity as well as on academic based project work). From providing groups of adult refugee learners with ICT and journalism training and helping to enhance their digital and media skills, to studying digital inclusion in association with Sheffield City Council, these projects have resulted in local community interventions - including setting up computer club's for people who were otherwise considered to be 'digitally excluded'.  

Her postdoctoral research focused on the social impact of the mobile phone in the public and private. The research specifically concentrated on how people manage contextualised mobile phone use during social interactions in public spaces. It also examined how people make use of their mobile phones to manage their private relationships. Themes throughout the research concerned interaction management, face management, and relationship management and made use of Goffman's (1959, 1963) concepts of behaviour in public.

In addition to the Nuffield project, Eleanor is working on an EU project entitled CultureLabs (2018-2021) which seeks to develop a platform to support heritage institutions such as libraries, museums and theatres, who wish to work with communities from immigrant, refugees or migrant backgrounds, in order to share cultural heritage and understanding, through co-design.

She also has over 14 years of teaching experience and is currently teaching 'Media Technologies' and 'Media Industries' at SHU.

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