Social Informatics Research Group

The Social Informatics Research Group (formerly the Centre for Social Informatics) is located within the School of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment (SCEBE) at Edinburgh Napier University.

I led the group for 13 years between 2009 and 2022. Appointed in January 2023, Dr Diane Pennington now leads the group as Professor in Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.

Since its establishment as the Centre for Social Informatics in the late 1990s, the 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 latest publications, please see the Social Informatics Research blog at