The 'Data and Society' theme addresses key contemporary concerns around trust, accountability and ownership associated with data. These concerns fundamentally affect how data science engages and impacts on government, civil society, public institutions, business and industry.

At the same time, public, social and commercial data produced by social media platforms, by administrative systems, by sensors, in commercial transactions and by official sources presents significant challenges for the development of new empirical methods of understanding social processes. 

Bringing together researchers from disciplines such as sociology, linguistics, history, design, organizational studies and social work, the 'Data and Society' theme supports research that deepens our understanding and vision of the ethics and accountability of data science in government and industry, and addresses the methodological challenges of working with data forms relevant to social sciences, arts and humanities. It specifically aims to foster expertise in inter-disciplinary engagements with problems of health, inequality, justice, mobility and environment.

Existing strengths in the ‘social theme’ at Lancaster include:

  • international research leadership in working at scale with natural language texts and large document collections
  • a growing international reputation for working with historical and spatial datasets in the digital humanities
  • a long-standing and international reputation for inter-disciplinary research engagement with public concerns around science and technology


DSI - Society, ImaginationLancaster

+44 (0)1524 510876

Professor Karen Broadhurst

Professor of Social Work

Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 594126

Dr Linda Cusworth

Research Fellow

Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, DSI - Society

C126, C - Floor, Bowland North

Dr Paul Cureton

Senior Lecturer in Design (People, Products, Places)

DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 663433

Dr Ahmad Daryanto

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Consumption Insights, Centre for Marketing Analytics & Forecasting, DSI - Society, Networks, Knowledge and Strategy

+44 (0)1524 510676

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 594610 B009, B - Floor, Bowland North

Dr Christopher Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History

DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 592349

Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Work

Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 593689

Professor Ian Gregory

Head of Department, Professor of Digital Humanities

Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 594967

Professor Vicki Hanson

Visiting Professor

Professor Niall Hayes

Professor of Information and Organisation

Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510962 B31, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Dr Yang Hu

Lecturer in Sociology and Data Science

DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 593429 B011, B - Floor, Bowland North

Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society, Management and Society, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510958 B30, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Dr Bran Knowles

Lecturer in Data Science

DSI - Society, HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC (Pervasive Systems)

+44 (0)1524 592276 B42, B - Floor, InfoLab21

Dr Janja Komljenovic

Lecturer in Higher Education

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 592874

DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 594767

Dr Alan Marsden

Senior Lecturer

DSI - Society, Insight

+44 (0)1524 593774 B140, B - Floor, County Main

Dr Janine Morley

Research Project Administrator

DEMAND - Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand

+44 (0)1524 594245 D010, D - Floor, Faculty of Arts

Victoria Neumann

Casual - Teaching, PhD student

Ben Norwood

PhD student

Changepoints and Time Series

+44 (0)1524 510780

Dr Daniel Richards

Lecturer in Data Prototyping and Visualisation

DSI - Society, ImaginationLancaster

+44 (0)1524 595122

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Health, Health Systems, Information Systems, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 594364 A042, A - Floor, Management School

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , DSI - Society, Economics Research Group, Gulf One Lancaster Centre for Economic Research, Labour, Education and Health Economics

+44 (0)1524 592055