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 Policy
  • Information seeking behaviour and use
  • Knowledge Management
  • The Information Society
  • Online communities
  • Open data and open government

In the latest 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*.

Together with colleagues from the Centre for Interaction Design, teaching staff in Information Systems, and teaching staff in Digital Media and Interaction Design, the members of the Centre for Social Informatics belong to one of the three subject groups within the School of Computing: Creative and Social Informatics. This wider group is led by Professor David Benyon as Head of Subject.

For further information about the Centre for Social Informatics, staff and research student profiles, and our latest publications, please see the most recent copy of our flyer.

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

For details of our projects related to communities, (hyper)local democracy, connections and knowledge, please visit the Community, Knowledge, Connections web site at https://community-knect.net. Details of our projects that relate to information behaviours and use are given on the Pointer web site.