Centre for Social Informatics

The Centre for Social Informatics is one of the research centres within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I have led the Centre since 2009.

Since its establishment in the late 1990s, our group has developed a distinctive body of work that reflects a shared interest in sociotechnical interaction at different levels of organisation, and at different stages in the system life cycle. This work has also considered methods to support research in these areas. The Centre’s staff and research students provide critical perspectives on, as well as analysis of, ICT trajectories, sociotechnical and organisational issues with particular focus on:

  • Democratic digital engagement
  • e-Government
  • Information behaviour and practices
  • Information and digital literacy
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information policy
  • The Information Society
  • Online communities
  • Technology and policy development
  • Work-based and organisational learning

In the last UK assessment of research (REF2014) we continued to demonstrate research excellence with 74% of research output submitted to Unit of Assessment 36 judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The research environment also attracted a high score: 90% 4* and 3*.

For further information about the Centre for Social Informatics, staff and research student profiles, and our latest publications, please see the Social Informatics Research blog at  https://blogs.napier.ac.uk/social-informatics/ and the most recent copy of our A4 flyer.

Some of the staff and research students in the Centre for Social Informatics also blog independently about their work. Please follow the links below: