Penny CS Andrews

Location: Information School, Regent Court
Twitter: @pennyb


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. Penny 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 title

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

Project description

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