Dr Jun Zhang

MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Lecturer in Information Systems

Jun Zhang
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Dr Jun Zhang
Information School
Room C224
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Prior to joining academia, I had worked briefly as a cartographer in the Chinese mapping and surveying industry on Smart City and Digital Town projects. I embarked on my academic career in 2015 by doing a PhD in Information Systems at the University of Sheffield Information School. After obtaining the degree in late 2020, I continued, in Sheffield, to work on a teaching associate role. In mid 2021 I moved to Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Urban Innovation at The Business School and a Senior Research Associate at the Unity Lab /Urban Innovation Policy Lab. I came back to the Information School as a Lecturer in October 2022.

University responsibilities

  • Exams Officer for BSc Data Science
  • Deputy Programme Coordinator for MSc Information Systems
Research interests

The general focus of my research relates to unravelling the social-technical nature of IS innovations and emerging technologies, with attention paid to the power relations between various actors, including citizens, businesses, local governments, and the state. Beyond IS research at the individual and organizational levels, I concentrate on how it is shaped in urban and regional settings. I am particularly interested in understanding and analysing radical innovations through a critical lens. This has included work on critical appraisals of prevailing smart city innovations, such as surveillance, anticipatory governance and urban artificial intelligence, which are primarily focused on what communities and citizens gain from them. Recently, I have begun researching robotic urbanism, exploring citizens' digital rights and skills when facing robotics and autonomous systems.

In light of my research interests, I am particularly interested in supervising PhD candidates in the following areas:

  • Socio-technical transitions of ICT-enabled societies
  • Digital inequality, digital rights, digital citizenship
  • Power dynamics in smart city governance
  • Citizen participation and engagement
  • Robotic urbanism

I am a member of the Information Systems Research Group.

I am an associate member of Urban Automation and Robotics at University of Sheffield Urban Institute.


Journal articles

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Ren M, Zhang Z, Zhang J & Mora L Data Used in Urban Flooding Management Scholarly Community Encyclopedia. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Zhang J (2022) Science, technology and innovation for sustainable urban development in a post-pandemic world. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

I currently coordinate and teach on INF6110 Information Systems Modelling and teach on INF6001 Information Systems Project Management.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Senior Research Associate in Unity Lab / Urban Innovation Policy Lab, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Assistant Editor of the Big Data and Society journal
  • Member of Global Data Forum 50