Centre for Social Informatics

Social informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that takes account of institutional and cultural contexts. Social Informatics research relates to the body of knowledge about the use of ICTs as influenced by institutional arrangements, social forces and organisational practices.

The aim of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University is to continue to develop a distinctive body of work that reflects a shared interest in socio-technical interaction at different levels of organisation, and at different stages in the system life cycle. In addition the Centre works on the development of methods to support research in these areas. Our work provides critical perspectives on, as well as analysis of, ICT trajectories, socio-technical and organisational issues with particular focus upon:

  • Democratic digital engagement
  • e-Government
  • Information policy
  • Information seeking behaviour and use
  • Knowledge management
  • The Information Society
  • Online communities
  • Open data and open government

Through its work with staff who formerly worked within Edinburgh Napier University's International Teledemocracy Centre, CSI has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in e-participation, with a strong record of success in gaining research grants and carrying out consultancy and commissioned research.

In REF2014 CSI continued to demonstrate its research excellence with 74% of research output submitted to Unit of Assessment 36 judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The research environment also attracted a high score: 90% 4* and 3*.

With colleagues from Robert Gordon, Glasgow and Strathcyde Universities, CSI is a member of the ESRC Information Science Pathway Doctoral Training Centre. The pathway builds on the complementary specialisms and expertise within each partner institution to provide core and advanced PhD training, delivered collaboratively, in order to develop and support a strategic network of participants across Scotland.

We welcome queries from potential PhD students who would like to develop their research career with us. In the first instance, please e-mail Professor Hazel Hall: h.hall@napier.ac.uk 

As well as supervising research degrees to PhD, CSI staff contribute to taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Computing.