Centre for Social Informatics

The Centre for Social Informatics is one of the research groups within the School of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. I have led the group 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 group’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 (REF2021) the group continued to demonstrate its research excellence. For Unit of Assessment 34, 76% of the group’s submission overall was judged as internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*). The components of Impact and Research Environment attracted high scores: Impact 100% at 3* and 4*; Environment 90% at 3* and 4*.

For further information, including 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 group also blog independently about their work. Please follow the links below: