Representing literacies in times of precarity using Glasgow ‘Big Data’:

Representing literacies in times of precarity using Glasgow ‘Big Data’:

Turning research data into interactive and engaging social objects for the public (with MakLab)

Project summary

A team of psychologists in the School of Education (C. Lido and K. Reid) have undertaken research in the area of well-being, precarity and literacies in conjunction with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). This ESRC IAA funded project aims to use UBDC secondary data, specifically Integrated Multi-Media Survey Data – iMCD, as a vehicle by which to engage members of the public with, not only our research findings, but also to promote public discourse as to the use of ‘big-data’ to better understand and represent the urban issues facing Glasgow.  We are specifically interested in promoting public discourse around the areas of well-being, precarity and literacies (e.g. eco, financial, health and e-literacies).  In order to promote this public discourse in a new and engaging way, we seek to work with MakLab, an independent, charitable design, prototyping and making organisation, to develop a range of highly visual, tactile and ‘touchable’ objects which represent the individual life and the socio-spatial urban story of Glasgow which is contained in the iMCD project survey data.  We see an opportunity to work with MakLab to represent our own research in a way that can connect with a wide and more diverse audience.  We will reach these external citizen users via interactive presentations at The Glasgow Science Festival 2017, Explorathon 2017 and ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017.

PI and Co-Pis - International Collaborators

PI Dr Kate Reid

Co-PI – Dr Catherine Lido

Research Intern (Ms Michaella Drummond – Q-Step Undergraduate)


  MakLab    GLA science fest

Start and End Date

March 2017-September 2017

Funder and Funding Amount

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. £9,940.59

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