Dr Jo Bates

Senior Lecturer in Information Politics and Policy

BA (Keele), MA (Nottingham), MA (Manchester Metropolitan), PhD (Manchester Metropolitan)


Bates 2019


+44 (0)114 222 2648

After completing a degree in Politics and American Studies at Keele University, I took a number of years away from academia working in the Housing Benefits department of Manchester City Council. I then returned to study for an MA in American Studies at Nottingham University, before moving into the information field via an NHS librarian graduate traineeship. Whilst completing my librarianship qualification at Manchester Metropolitan University, I became increasingly interested in the social shaping in information environments. This led to me staying on at Manchester to complete my PhD on the politics of the UK’s Open Government Data initiative. I joined the Information School at Sheffield as a Lecturer in 2012.

University Responsibilities

  • Co-Director for Postgraduate Research
  • Data Science Deputy Programme Coordinator
  • Information School Strategy Group (Staff Rep.)
  • University Research Ethics Committee (Faculty of Social Science Rep.)
  • Faculty of Social Science Digital Society Network Steering Group
  • Module Coordinator: Data and Society (PGT) and Digital Media and Society (UG)
  • Member of the Digital Societies Research Group