Phoenix Penny Andrews

Information School

PhD researcher

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Phoenix Penny Andrews
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Phoenix Penny Andrews is a writer, consultant, activist and academic researcher in information, media and communication. They are non-binary, hence the singular they, and have presented at conferences across the world. Phoenix has been interviewed by the Guardian, ITV and BBC Radio 4 amongst others about autism, though mostly they would rather talk about Doctor Who, pop culture, politics, fandom and Ed Balls.

PhD project

Title: 'Faffing about': gatekeepers, values and flows in research sharing infrastructures

A connective ethnography of researcher and library staff experiences of workflows and data flows in institutional repositories and academic social networks. The project also explores the history of scholarly infrastructure, with ideas drawn from internet culture, the quantification of work and digital research methods.


Research interests

  • Digital culture
  • Society
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Fandom
  • Audience studies
  • Surveillance studies
  • Platform studies


Journal articles


  • Andrews PCS (2018) “Putting It Together, That’s What Counts”: Data Foam, a Snowball and Researcher Evaluation, Humans and Machines at Work (pp. 203-229). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webber SA, Andrews P, Chapman E, Elmore J, Grace D & Nunn E (2018) Reflections on Running a critLIS Reading Group In Nicholson KP & Seale M (Ed.), The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (pp. 167-179). Sacramento: Library Juice Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Andrews PCS (2016) User experience beyond ramps: the invisible problem and the special case In Priestner A & Borg M (Ed.), User Experience in Libraries: Applying Ethnography and Human-Centred Design (pp. 108-120). Ashgate View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers