Dr Ben Williamson

Chancellor's Fellow, Edinburgh Futures Institute

I am a Chancellor's Fellow at the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Edinburgh Futures Institute, examining the intersections of digital technologies, science, and data with education policy and governance.

My current research focuses on two key themes. One is the expansion of educational data infrastructures to enable information to be collected from schools and universities, then analysed and circulated to various audiences. The second is the emergence of ‘intimate data’ relating to students’ psychological states, neural activity, and genetic profiles, and the implications for increasingly scientific ways of approaching educational policy and practice. 

I previously published Big Data in Education: The digital future of learning, policy, and practice, maintain the research blog Code Acts in Education, and on Twitter I am @BenPatrickWill.

Email:  Ben.Williamson@ed.ac.uk

Call on:  0131 651 6176

Or write/visit here:
Room 4.16, St John's Land
The Moray House School of Education and Sport
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

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Centre Report 2019

30 Apr 2019
Digital Education 2019 report

We are delighted to share our 2019 annual report (pdf link) setting out the extent of our activity this year.  With a particular focus on the impact of our work, this report includes a new visualisation of our work bringing together the many activities of the Centre for Research in Digital Education.

Thanks to all the many colleagues, students, schools, partners, co-researchers and friends who make our work possible!

Welcome to Ben Williamson, Chancellor's Fellow

27 Jul 2018
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We're delighted to announce that Ben Williamson will be joining us at The University of Edinburgh from September 2018 as a Chancellor's Fellow, based in the Centre for Research in Digital Education.  

I am really excited to be a new Chancellor’s Fellow affiliated to the Edinburgh Futures Institute, based in Moray House School of Education. The Futures Institute is dedicated to examining the complex interplays between digital technologies, data and society from interdisciplinary perspectives.