Data Society

About Data Society

The Data Society research theme responds to the increasingly important issues raised by the collection and processing of digital data in education, and will develop a critical research agenda around analytics, ‘big data’, algorithms, machine learning, and other ‘data intensive’ practices. Emerging research approaches from outside of education - such as software studies, critical data studies, critical algorithm studies, and surveillance studies - have surfaced crucial insights and challenges related to the increasing entanglement of data in social life, and the new ‘Data Society’ research theme will allow the centre to establish and support education-specific projects related to this vital contemporary area of study.

'Data Society’ was launched in February 2018, marked by the seminar series ‘Data Citizenship and Education’, held in partnership with the Edinburgh Futures Institute.


Dr Jeremy Knox

Co-Director for Data Society