Editorial Team

BD&S involves a team of international and interdisciplinary scholars who contribute to the promotion, substance and management of the Journal. The Editorial Team consists of the Editor, Co-editors, Assistant Editors and Editorial Assistant who together oversee all aspects of the Journal’s content, management and operation. Information about each member of the team can be found below. An Advisory Board contributes knowledge, expertise and advice on the direction, development and substance of the Journal and the Editorial Board contributes and referees research articles. 

Editor and Founding Editor

Evelyn Ruppert, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

Evelyn is a Data Sociologist with interests in the sociology of governance specifically in relation to how different kinds of data are constituted and mobilised to enact and manage populations.  She has undertaken research on how different socio-technical methods and forms of data (censuses, administrative databases, surveys, transactions) organise and make possible particular ways of constituting and governing populations and how digital devices and data are reassembling social science methods. She has co-lead the Social Life of Methods theme and a series of projects on digital data and devices at the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC). She currently leads a collaboration, The Social Lives of Digital Data-Objects (SLODDO) and a related ESRC funded project, Socialising Big Data.


Jennifer Gabrys, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Jennifer is Principal Investigator on Citizen Sense, a project funded by the European Research Council that engages with inventive approaches to participation, monitoring and environmental data in order to test and query environmental sensing technology. Gabrys’s books include a techno-geographical investigation of environmental sensing, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2016); and a material-political analysis of electronic waste, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Her work can be found at citizensense.net and jennifergabrys.net.

Anatoliy GruzdTed Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, CA

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd is an Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is also the Director of the Social Media Lab. Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of social big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.

Dhiraj Murthy, Department of Journalism and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, US

Dr. Dhiraj Murthy is a sociologist of new media. His research is primarily focused around social media in diverse contexts – journalism, health, ethnicity/race, and disasters. He has pioneered innovative methods in big data, including qualitative/mixed methods. He has also researched and published extensively on virtual organizations. Dr. Murthy has authored over 40 articles, book chapters, and papers and a book about Twitter, the first on the subject (published by Polity Press, 2013).

Judith Simon, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, DE

Judith investigates epistemological and ethical issues arising in the design, development and use of technologies of information, computation and communication. Her approach is inspired by social epistemology, STS, values in design, computer ethics as well as feminist theory. Beyond being interested in the relationship between data epistemologies, data ontologies and data politics,  she is working on (epistemic) trust, reputation, and epistemic responsibilities of different human and non-human agents in entangled socio-technical systems.

Matthew Zook, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, US

Matt is an economic and information geographer who researches technological change and the associated spatial structures and practices of society and economy. His recent work focuses on the geographical web (the geoweb) and the phenomenon of user-generated data (both volunteered and unknowingly contributed) and seeks to understand where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created.  He examines how code, space and place interact as people increasingly use mobile, digital technologies to navigate through their everyday, lived geographies.  Of special interest is the complex and often duplicitous manner that code and content can congeal and individualize our experiences in the hybrid, digitally augmented places that cities are becoming.  He is the co-founder of the New Mappings Collaboratory, which is dedicated to visualizing newly available Big Data such as geocoded tweets.

Co-editors - Demos

Richard Rogers, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, NL

Richard is a Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves studying and building info-tools. He studies and makes use of the adjudicative or 'recommender' cultures of the Web that help to determine the reputation of information as well as organizations. The most well-known tool Rogers has developed with his colleagues is the Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph visualizer.

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Politecnico di Milano, Head of Communication Design B.Sc. and M.Sc., Scientific Director of DensityDesign Research Lab, IT

Rooted in the complexity sciences, Paolo’s research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods to support decision making and cognitive/learning processes. He is the founder and the Scientific Director of DensityDesign, a research lab in the Design Department at Politecnico di Milano. The Lab is partnering with the MediaLab at Sciences-Po and the Stanford Humanities Center (Humanities + Design Lab) to study the relationship between Communication Design, (Digital) Humanities and Social Sciences.

Editorial Assistant

Ville Takala, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Ville Takala is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His doctoral thesis investigates Big Data developments with a focus on the national statistical institute of Finland, Statistics Finland. Before Goldsmiths, Ville completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Helsinki and an MSc in Sociology and Computing at the University of York.​

Assistant Editors

Mark Carrigan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick, UK

Mark is a sociologist in the final stages of a part-time PhD at the University of Warwick and a Research Associate at the LSE’s Public Policy Group. He edits the Sociological Imagination and co-convenes the BSA Digital Sociology and BSA Realism and Social Research groups. His research interests include public engagement, digital public sociology and self-tracking. He's a regular blogger and podcaster.

Nanna Gorm Jensen, Technologies in Practice research group, IT University of Copenhagen, DK

Nanna is a phD student at the IT University of Copenhagen, with a background in Communication Studies and Health Promotion. Her current research looks at Big Data Health Care research projects and use of Mobile Health (mHealth) in data collection processes, especially looking at dual-use issues. Her interests include privacy concerns, research ethics, as well as innovation processes. 

Ate Poorthuis, Singapore University of Technology and Design, SG

Ate is an urban geographer who takes an inter-disciplinary, multi-method approach to studying cities. His recent work focuses on the use of big data and social media platforms as a method to critically understand how urban spaces ‘work’. How do people use and perceive their neighborhoods and the city-at-large? How and where do they shop, eat and buy services? And how do these patterns and perceptions differ from person to person? He is the technical lead on The DOLLY Project, a repository of billions of geolocated social media at the University of Kentucky, that strives to address the difficulties of using big data within the social sciences.

Gernot Rieder, University of Vienna, AT

Gernot has a background in Communication Studies (BA), Media Studies (BA), and Science and Technology Studies (MA) and is interested in science policy and funding, the governance of new and emerging technologies, and the politics of methods. Additional areas of interest include scientometrics and the history of information retrieval. Gernot specializes in actor-network-theory, qualitative and mixed-methods research.

Lesley Willard, University of Texas at Austin

Lesley is a PhD student in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, with a background in media and communication studies. She is a research fellow in UT's Computational Media Lab and co-edits Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture. Her current research explores media audience/industry engagement with emphases on fan/producer dynamics, digital promotional strategies, affective labor, and social media platforms like Tumblr and Twitter.

Advisory Board Founding Co-Editors

Adrian Mackenzie, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Adrian is interested in the lives of data, especially in databases but also in data analysis, machine learning and other forms of 'analytics.' At the moment, he is focusing on data as a way of thinking about 'BioIT convergences' across biological engineering, DNA synthesis and sequencing, clinical and research databases and visualization technologies. He is looking at changes in the work, productivity and situation of life scientists, and on the transformations in technique, knowledge and products associated with bio-IT related developments. The wider stakes here include the nature of promise, design, value, speculation, subjectivity and imagination in knowledge economies.

Irina Shklovski, Digital Media & Communication Research Group, IT University of Copenhagen, DK

Irina is social scientist whose work is located at the intersection of Information Sciences, Communication Studies and Human Computer Interaction. Her studies of social network structures and in-situ relational practices expose how local context can shape technology adoption and use, and how global networked information flows can, in turn, become part of the local context. She examines how people adapt and integrate an increasingly broad array of information and communication technologies into their daily lives and under conditions of strain. Her recent collaborations with data scientists in industry and academia explore how we can enrich our quantitative structural analysis of large social network datasets through the addition of qualitative methods.