Citation Williamson B (2014) The death of the theorist and the emergence of data and algorithms in digital social research (Blog Post), LSE Impact Blog, 10/02/2014. LSE Impact of Social Sciences. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/02/10/the-death-of-the-theorist-in-digital-social-research/
Abstract Computer software and data-processing algorithms are becoming an everyday part of Higher Education. How might this be affecting research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of academics? These are important challenges for social science researchers in HE, asking us to consider how digital devices and infrastructures might be shaping our professional practices, knowledge production, and theories of the world.
Keywords big data; Higher Education; software; algorithms; social science; research methods