Reader in Digital Sociology
- Social and cultural change in relation to the innovation and use of information and communication technologies (ICT)
Bridgette Wessels has extensive research experience in the area of digital communication in a wide range of areas, such as public sphere, the creative and cultural industries, media and new media, e-services, and in everyday life studies. She is currently working on projects that include focusing on the open data movement, participatory design for digital research in the early news books, mainstreaming telehealth, and the role of social media in the new dynamics of cultural audiences (for full details of her projects please see below). She is now addressing two emerging research areas, which are issues that are emerging in civic media in terms of political culture and in the developing uses of open data such as open services, data journalism and data curation. These foci also involve addressing methodological challenges in terms of working with big data in meaningful ways. She has written 6 books and numerous articles and has received funding from the research councils in the UK as well as European funding. She has been on advisory boards for the EU, UK government, the Association of South East Asia nations, and the Consumer Action Network, Australia, and the EU e-Forum Privacy Group, including the EU ICT–China programme.