I joined Stirling University as Senior Lecturer in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in October 2017. Prior to this, I was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Communications, BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing and MA Media Communications at the University for the Creative Arts (2013-17), Lecturer in Future Media in the School of Arts and Media at Salford University where I also acted as Programme Leader for MA Social Media and BSc (Hons) Computer and Video Games (2009-2013). I graduated with a BA (Hons) Economics from the National Taiwan University before going on to undertake a PhD study at the University of York. I completed the PhD, entitled Hacking Practices and Software Development: A Social Worlds Analysis of ICT Innovation and the Role of Open Source Software in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Webster. I then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Business School at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam investigating organisational dynamics in virtual communities (2005-6), Research Associate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester investigating new technologies for e-Social Science (2006-9).
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have convened and taught across a number of different undergraduate and postgraduate media courses. I am deeply passionate about research-driven and/or research-informed teaching, and have been experimenting novel pedagogical methods to realise the integration of theory and practice teaching.
Economics / BA(Hons) Department of Economics, National Taiwan University –
Type of education
Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
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My research largely centres on socio-technical dynamics within and across open, distributed, de-centralised, crowd-sourced, audience-led, user-participatory, community-based innovation systems, such as Free/Libre Open Source Software, Open Data, Web 2.0 Social Media. I have considered how people with different interests, backgrounds and expertise co-produce innovative technologies or services. I adopt a critical perspective to understand how emergent technologies are (re-)contextualised and (re-)appropriated. Her current research on open data and big data is an extension of this.