Digital Society Network

The Digital Society Network (DSN) is a loose network of researchers within the Faculty of Social Sciences, examining all aspects of digital-society relations.

Graphical illustration of the Digital Society Network (DSN)

The Digital Society Network (DSN) examines all aspects of digital-society relations, aiming to:

  • Stimulate and support digital society research
  • Enable collaborations within and beyond the faculty
  • Host activities which result in research funding and knowledge exchange

Our research

The Digital Society Network is organised around five hubs: Data, Algorithms and AI in Society; Global Digital Popular Culture; Digital Inclusion and Ethics, Digital Wellbeing; and Digital Politics. The DSN also works with and supports two affiliated groups:

Discover our research 

Our people

The Digital Society Network (DSN) is open to all staff and PhD students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and in other faculties at the University of Sheffield. There are various ways you can become involved:

  • Become an affiliate and participate actively in one or more of our DSN Hubs. See below for current affiliates.
  • Join our mailing list to find out about DSN activities and receive other news and updates.
  • Attend DSN events.

If you are interested in joining the DSN in any of these ways, or finding out more about our activities, please contact us at

The DSN is managed by a steering committee, who are listed below.

DSN Director

DSN Steering Committee and Hub Leadership

DSN Affiliates

Our events

Upcoming events in the Digital Society Network.

See our events

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