Digital Society Network people

The DSN is open to all staff and PhD students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and in other Faculties at the University of Sheffield. Some events are open to people outside of the university too – see each event for details.

The DSN is managed by a steering committee – information about current members is listed below. All Faculty of Social Science staff are welcome to participate in DSN events.


Image of Helen KennedyHelen Kennedy

DSN Director
Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests include: Digital and social media; data mining, data and society; data visualisation; digital methods.

Post-doctoral researchers

Image of Elisa SerafinelliElisa Serafinelli

Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests include: The analysis of the use of mobile media and the social behaviours that arise from it; the practice of photo sharing and how visual communication online changes the people's daily habits.


Steering Committee

Image of Jo BatesJo Bates

Information School

Research interests include: The socio-material factors that influence the production and use of data, and that enable and restrict the movement of data between different people and organisations.

Image of Kate DommettKate Dommett

Department of Politics

Research interests include: The intersection between ideas and institutions and examines political power, participation and political ideology.

Image of Dorothea KleineDorothea Kleine

The Sheffield Institute for International Development

Research interests include: Sustainable and just development futures in the global South (and North); information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D); ethics of ICT-related development interventions, responsible innovation and data ethics; the capabilities approach and sustainable development; sustainable/ethical consumption research, food geographies, trade justice and Fair Trade.

Kate Taylor JonesKate Taylor-Jones

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests include: Cinema of Imperial Japan and its legacy across East Asia, Representations of East Asian girlhood in film and media, Representation of prostitution and sex work in visual culture

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