Professor Bridgette Wessels
Professor of Sociology
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Bridgette Wessels research focuses on social change and digital culture. She has extensive research experience in the area of digital culture in a wide range of areas, such as public sphere, the creative and cultural industries, media and new media, e-services, and in everyday life studies. She is currently working on projects that include focusing on the open data movement, participatory design for digital research in the early news books, mainstreaming telehealth, and the role of social media in the new dynamics of cultural audiences. She is addressing two emerging research areas, which are issues that are emerging in civic media in terms of political culture and in the developing uses of open data such as open services, data journalism and data curation. These areas inform wider debates about possible transformations to a knowledge society and new ways of being in the digital age. . These foci also involve addressing methodological challenges in terms of working with big data in meaningful ways. Bridgette has undertaken comparative research in Europe that addresses diversity, participation and communication. She has also undertaken research globally in developing countries looking at inclusion and the digital divide. She has written 6 books and numerous articles and has received funding from the research councils in the UK as well as European funding. She has been on advisory boards for the EU, UK government, the Association of South East Asia nations, and the Consumer Action Network, Australia, and the EU e-Forum Privacy Group, including the EU ICT–China programme.
Her work is based on a sociological informed interdisciplinary approach and explores the cultural dynamics of social and technological change. There are three main interrelated strands:
1. Social innovation and technological change, focusing on digital and social media technologies, digital services and social agency.
2. Social media, digital-services and social participation, in the public sector, the wider public sphere, the creative sector and in everyday life.
3. Innovations in methodology: e-research, participatory methods, and action research.
She has been awarded the title of Visiting Scholar to pursue research activities in the School of Letters, Arts and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. She is also Guest Professor at the University of Linnaeus, Sweden.
She is Director of Post Graduate Research.
She teaches on Comparing Cultures module and on the MA in Sociology. She undertakes PhD supervision in areas concerned with social change and digital worlds. She is currently supervising the following PhD students: Rupert Knox, Mathew Hanchard, Freya Ernsting, and Abureza M. Muzareba.
Her current and previous funded projects are listed below.
1. Beyond the Multiplex: audiences for specialised film in English regions (2017-2020)
funded by AHRC
2. Ways of Being in the Digital Age (2016-2017) : funded by ESRC.
3. Study of the interpretation and decision making about mobility by passengers who use public transport (2016): a STMS project funded by the EU.
4. Data and Employee Wellbeing (2015-2017) : funded by ESRC.
5. Exploring Big Data to Examine Employee Health and Wellbeing: A Seminar Series (2015-2017) : funded by ESRC.
6. Investigating what the regional means in a global media culture (REGPRESS) (2015-2017) : funded by Barometern Foundation (Sweden)
7. New Services, New Perspectives: Decision making in remote care (2015-2016) : funded by IIKE Collaborative Research & Development Fund
8. Virtually Live (2014-2015) : funded by Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield
9. Web Observatory Project (2015) : funded by WUN
10. Transforming Research in the Humanities (2014) : funded by Futures 2022
11. How cinema audiences form: social media and specialist film (2014) : funded by IIKE Collaborative Research & Development Fund
12. Evaluation of the ESRC Digital Social Research Programme (2014) : funded by ESRC
13. Digital Engagement in Wales (2014) : funded by Welsh Government
14. Social Networks and travel behaviour (2013-2017) : funded by EU COST Action TU1305
15. Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) (2013-2015) : funded by European Commission
16. South Yorkshire Digital by Default Alpha Project (2012-2013) : funded by Cabinet Office
17. Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason’s English Newsbooks (2012-2014) : funded by AHRC
18. QCinema: Monetising Research-led Public Engagement at the Showroom Cinema (2012) : funded by University of Sheffield Research and Innovation Fund and EPSRC
19. Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies (2011-2014) : funded by ESRC & TSB
20. Promoting Independence through Personalised Interactive Technologies (PIPIN) (2011-2014) : funded by Digital Worlds
21. Digital Economy and the Mediapolis (2011) : funded by ESRC Digital Economy Hub
22. Beyond the Label (2011-2012) : funded by Museums, Libraries and Archive Council and University of Sheffield KT Fund
23. Networking and seminar series to develop ‘Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Worlds’ (IRiS) (2009) : funded by University of Sheffield Divisional Directors Award
24. Identity and Privacy in Digital Contexts (2008) : funded by University of Sheffield Devolved Fund
25. Public Participation and Sustaining e-Enabled Portal Services (2005-2006) : funded by KTOF-HEIF 2
26. e-Social Science Demonstrator Project: Collaborative Analysis of Offenders’ personal and Area-based Social Exclusion (2003-2004) : funded by ESRC
27. National Evaluation of e-Government (2002-2004) : funded by Office of Deputy Prime Minister
- Wessels B, Finn R. Mobilising a Knowledge Society: Open data movement, data, and change.. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
- Wessels B. Social Media and Political Culture. Routledge, 2017. In Preparation.
- Sarikakis K, Wessels B. The dynamics of social media, political culture, and communication governance in civic participation. Changing Media – Changing Democracy? 2017, 5.
- Price S, Hall W, Earl G, Tiropanis T, Tinati R, Wang X, Gandolfi E, Gatewood J, Boateng R, Denemark D, Groflin A, Loader B, Schmidt M, Billings M, Spanakis G, Suleman H, Tsoi K, Wessels B, Xu J, Birkin B. Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Web Observatory: Applying Lessons from the Web to Transform the Research Data Ecosystem. In: WWW '17 Companion 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion. 2017, Perth, Australia: International World Wide Web Conference Committee.
- Wessels B, Borrill K, Sorensen L, McLaughlin J, Pidd M. Understanding Design for the Digital Humanities. Studies in the Digital Humanities. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications, 2016.
- Tsoukala V, Wessels B. ’Policy guidelines for open access and data dissemination and preservation’. 2015. Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Seventh Framework Programme for Science in Society.
- Wessels B. 'Digital Divide: Authentication, Status, and Power in a Digitally Organized Society'. International Journal of Communication 2015, 9, 2801-2818.
- Taylor J, Coates E, Wessels B, Mountain G, Hawley M. Implementing solutions to improve and expand telehealth adoption: participatory action research in four community healthcare settings. BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15, 529.
- Wessels B, Finn R, Smallwood R. ‘Issues in the development of open access to research data’. Prometheus: critical studies in Innovation 2014.
- Wessels B, Sveinsdottir T. Evaluation of the Digital Social Research Programme Executive summary. 2014.
- Taylor J, Coates E, Brewster L, Mountain G, Wessels B, Hawley M. Examining the utilization of telehealth in community nursing: four case studies identifying the factors affecting frontline staff acceptance and telehealth adoption. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2014.
- Wessels B. Exploring Social Change: process and context. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014.
- Linde P, Noorman M, Wessels B, Sveinsdottir T. How can libraries and other academic stakeholders engage in making data open?. Information Services & Use 2014, 34(3-4), 211–219.
- Bigagli L, Sveinsdottir T, Wessels B, Smallwood R, Linde P, Sondervan J. Infrastructure and technology challenges. 2014. Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Seventh Framework Programme for Science in Society.
- Noorman M, Kalaitzi V, Angelaki M, Tsoukala V, Linde P, Sviendottier T, Price L, Wessels B. Institutional barriers and good practice solutions. 2014. Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Seventh Framework Programme for Science in Society.
- Dittrich Y, Eriksen S, Wessels B. Learning through situated innovation - why the specific is crucial for participatory design research. Scandinavian Journal of Information System 2014, 26(1), 29-59.
- Brewster L, Mountain G, Wessels B, Kelly C, Hawley M. 'Factors affecting frontline staff acceptance of telehealth technologies: a mixed-method systematic review'. Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies 2013.
- Wessels B, Anderson B, Durrant A, Ellis J. 'Mediating genocide: cultural understanding through digital and print media stories in global communication'. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 2013, 8 (2&3), 193-209.
- Bontcheva K, Gorrell G, Wessels B. Social Media and Information Overload: Survey Results. Cornell University Library, 2013.
- Sviendottier T, Wessels B, Smallwood R, Linde P, Kala V, Tsoukala V, Sondervan J. Stakeholder Values and Ecosystems. 2013. Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Seventh Framework Programme for Science in Society.
- Wessels B. 'The reproduction and reconfiguration of inequality: differentiation and class, status and power in the dynamics of digital divides'. In: Ragnedda and Muschert G, ed. The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective. 2013, pp.17-28.
- Wessels B, Dittrich Y, Ekelin A, Eriksen S. 'Creating synergies between participatory design of e-services and collaborative planning'. International Journal of E-planning Research 2012, 1 (3), 33-48.
- Wessels B. 'Exploring human agency and digital systems: services, personalisation and participation'. Information, Communication and Society 2012.
- Wessels B. 'Identification and the practices of identity and privacy in everyday digital communication'. New Media and Society 2012, 14 (8), 1251-1268.
- Wessels B. Framework for Designing an Augmented Participation Service for the Courtauld Gallery. London: Courtauld Institute, DCMS, 2011.
- Wessels B. The Cultural Dynamics of the Innovation of New Media; the Case of Telematics. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag, 2011.
- Wessels B. ‘E-inclusion: European Perspectives Beyond the Digital Divide’. In: Lee, I, ed. Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Global Economy. Hershey PA: Business Science Reference/Global, 2010, pp.1068-1075.
- Wessels B, Craglia M. ‘Researcher led development of e-Research in the Social Sciences: the case of the “Collaborative Analysis of Offenders” Personal and Area-based Social Exclusion’ project’. Sociological Research Online 2010, 15(2)7.
- Wessels B. ‘The Role of Local Agencies in Developing Community Participation in E-Government and E-Public Services’. In: Silva, C. N, ed. Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2010, pp.286-305.
- Wessels B. 'The Public Sphere and the European Information Society'. In: Bee, C. and Bozzini, E, ed. Mapping the European Public Sphere. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, pp.47-64.
- Wessels B. Understanding the Internet; a socio-cultural perspective. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010.
- Wessels B. `The Public Sphere and the European Information Society´. In: Harrison, J and Wessels, B, ed. Mediating Europe: new media, mass communication, and the European Public Sphere. Oxford: Berghahn Publishers, 2009, pp.150-181.
- Dittrich Y, Eriksen S, Wessels B. From Knowledge Transfer to Situated Innovation: cultivating spaces for co-operation in innovation and design between academics, user-groups and ICT providers. 2009.
- Wessels B. 'Information and Communication Technologies and Policing: The Dynamics of Changing Police-Public Communication in the East End of London'. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 2009, 48 (5), 501-513.
- Wessels B. 'Locating the Self in Web 2.0: explorations in creativity, identity and digital expression'. Observatorio 2009, 3 (3), 253-272.
- Harrison J, Wessels B, ed. Mediating Europe: new media, mass communication, and the European Public Sphere. Oxford: Berghahn Publishers, 2009.
- Wessels B, Craglia M. 'Situated Innovations in e-social science'. In: Jankowski, N, ed. E-research: transformations in scholarly practice. London: Routledge, 2009, pp.291-309.
- Wessels B. 'Creating a regional agency to foster e-Inclusion: the case of South Yorkshire, UK'. European Journal of ePractice 2008, 3, 1-11.
- Wessels B. 'Exploring the Notion of the Europeanization of Public Spheres and Civil Society in Fostering a Culture of Dialogue Through the Concept of Proper Distance'. Sociology: Thought and Action (Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas) 2008, 3 (23), 28-46.
- Wessels B, Walsh S, Adam E. 'Mediating Voices: Community Participation in the Design of E-Enabled Community Care Services'. The Information Society 2008, 24 (1).
- Wessels B, Craglia M. `Situated innovation of e-social science: performances between infrastructure, collaboration and knowledge´. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 2007, 12 (2), 18.
- Wessels B. Inside the Digital Revolution: policing and changing communication with the public. Farnham: Ashgate, 2007.
- Wessels B. ‘First Impressions: Arriving and Reading the City’. In: Macdonald, S, ed. Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture and Identity. Sheffield: HRI Online publishing, 2006.
- Harrison J, Wessels B. ‘A new public service communication environment? Public service broadcasting values in the reconfiguring media’. New Media and Society 2005, 7 (6), 861-880.
- Craglia M, Wessels B, Griffiths M, Costello A. ‘Building bridges between social science, grid, and geospatial communities: a reflection on practice’. 2005.
- Cornford J, Wessels B, Richardson R, Gillespie A, McLoughlin I, Kohannejad J, Belt V, Martin M. Local e-Government: Process Evaluation of Electronic Local Government in England. London: ODPM, 2004.
- Wessels B. `Community, Subculture, Secondary Association as a Resource: patterns of association to counter exclusion and configured networks to manage exclusion´. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A, ed. Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003, pp.175–186.
- Wessels B, Janssen J, Miedema S. `Double Difficulty: female and foreigner´. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A, ed. Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003, pp.241-254.
- Wessels B, Miedema S. `Towards Understanding Situations of Exclusion´. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A, ed. Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003, pp.61-76.
- Wessels B, Bagnall V. Information and Joining up Services. Bristol: Policy Press, 2002.
- Bassett C, Wessels B. 'Communicating amongst Strangers: the use of the mobile phone'. In: Munt, S. and Pemberton, L, ed. Technospaces: Inside the New Media. London & Washington: Cassell/Continuum, 2001, pp.205-223.
- Wessels B. ‘Telematics in the East End of London: New Media as a Cultural Form’. New Media and Society 2000, 2 (4), 427-444.
- Wessels B. The Innovation of ICT in Police Service Environments. Brighton: SPRU, 2000.
- Wessels B. ‘Social Exclusion and the United Kingdom’. In: Steinert, H, ed. Social Exclusion as a Multidimensional Process. Vienna: Institute fur Rechts-und Kriminalsoziologie, 1999, pp.6-31.
- Bassett C, Hartmann M, Karl L, Morgan B, Wessels B. In the company of strangers: user perceptions of the mobile phone. Farsta: Telia, 1997. Communication on the Move: the experience of mobile telephony in the 1990s, COST248 Report.