Ella Taylor-Smith

Researcher/ Research student

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Since October 2011, Ella has a full time research student, working on: "Participation Space Studies: a socio-technical exploration of activist and community groups’ use of online and offline spaces to support their work"

Ella joined Edinburgh Napier's International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC) in September 2001. Her research within the ITC mainly focused on using the Internet to get people more involved in democracy, especially young people: ITC projects working with young people.

ITC projects are now conducted within IIDI's Centre for Social Informatics (CSI)

The EU funded project HUWY: Hub Websites for Youth Participation is now complete. HUWY piloted a distributed discussion -aiming to find good ways to support young people to discuss Internet problems and improvements and to encourage policy-makers to interact with the resulting ideas. The HUWY project started in January 2009 and ran for 28 months. Ella led the proposal and consortium, as Edinburgh Napier are the coordinating  partner, with 9 other partners, from 4 countries: Estonia, Germany, Republic of Ireland and the UK.

The WEB.DEP project - Western Balkans Democratic Participation finished in Spring 2009.  The project's primary aim was to establish a communication and information management network, hosted by the National News Agencies of the Western Balkan countries. ITC's role within the project focused on 2 aspects: specifying and monitoring e-participation aspects of the network and evaluation.

Ella is active in a number of participation networks (digital and otherwise). In 2009, she organised the ESRC-funded eParticipation Scotland Baseline Workshop.

Her previous responsibilities (2001 -6) included development of a suite of e-democracy tools for Highland Youth Voice (a youth parliament for the Highland region of Scotland). These tools take the form of a website, including an  online policy debating forum, a content management system for news and information and an e-voting section, which was used to elect new HYV members in Autumn 2002 and 2004.

Ella has also worked with the University's Secretariat to provide e-voting systems to support elections to Napier's Academic Board.

Initially Ella joined the ITC to work on the "What sort of Scotland do we want to live in?"  e-consultation as part of her dissertation: "Usability and Community in a Dynamic e-Democracy Website.", completing an MSc in Multimedia Technology (Napier University, Edinburgh).

Ella is on the Program Committee of the following conferences:

Ella is on the editorial board of JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government http://www.jedem.org/

Until July 2007, Ella worked under her maiden name: Ella Smith. Here is a full list of publications for both names.
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    CfE Transitions Project
    To explore the impact of the Curriculum for Excellence on the transition from school to university for undergraduate computing students. It will compare the September 2015 School of Computing intake from Scottish schools (the final cohort with pre-CfE experience and qualifications) with the...
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    To explore the outcomes of 2012 to 2015 Graduate Employability Project, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.
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    Ella Taylor-Smith (PhD 2011-)
    Participation Space Studies: a socio-technical exploration of activist and community groups? use of online and offline spaces to support their work. Participation Space Studies explore eParticipation in the day-to-day activities of local, citizen-led groups, working to improve their communities. The focus is the relationship between activities...
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