Professor Bridgette Wessels

  • Professor in the Sociology of Inequalities (Sociology)

Biography

Bridgette Wessels

Professor of Social Inequalities

D.Phil. (ESRC-funded). University of Sussex (2000), MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture (ESRC-funded). University of York (1994), BA (Hons.) Sociology. University of Durham.

I studied sociology and the sociology of culture at the Universities of Durham and York. I then went to the University of Sussex to undertake doctoral research in the innovation and use of telematics - one of the early community based developments of the Internet and WWW. The sociological study of the Internet and WWW was in its infancy and I was extremely lucky to be part of an innovative research environment that fostered interdisciplinary research into the WWW in social contexts. After undertaking two Post-doc research projects at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle, I took up my first lecturing post at the University of Sheffield becoming Reader in Digital Sociology in 2014. I founded and ran the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Research at Sheffield (IRiS). I then was Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University before becoming Professor of Social Inequality at the University of Glasgow. At Glasgow, I founded the Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group – with Professor Andy Hoskins - and we both work with Dr Catherine Happer and Dr Justine Gangneux in co-ordinating that Group. 

I have a strong track-record of research funding from UKRI and the EU as well as other research foundations, and I have extensive experience of managing large research teams nationally and internationally. Examples of my areas of research, which has impact embedded in it includes on social exclusion and digital divides, financial exclusion and the e-economy, social media and political inequality, health inequalities and telehealth, welfare services and (digital) identity, local journalism and inclusion and e-policing, ethnicity and communities. I have contributed to research policy by informing strategy, the development of research programmes, and providing recommendations to UKRI, EU and NSF funders. This also includes work on responsible research and innovation (RRI) and open data. My work has had policy impact in terms of inequality and e-inclusion at a global level in South East Asia, Australia, USA, and Europe. I also have a strong track record of civic partnership work that includes working with South Yorkshire’s e-services team, e@syconnects, Swedish regional press and media policy, public and social media communication strategy in Europe, and the development of local services centres in Newham (London).

 


Research interests

Social Change in the Digital Age

My research focuses the dynamics of social change in the digital age. My books such as Inside the Digital Revolution (Ashgate 2007, Routledge 2016) and Understanding the Internet: a socio-cultural perspective (Palgrave 2010) focus on the relationship between social change and the information society. My book Exploring Social Change: process and context (2014) addresses this further by looking at both continuity and change in terms of inequalities in work, consumption, communication and forms of power. My book on ‘Open data and Knowledge Society (2017, Amsterdam University Press) addresses emerging inequalities embedded within current practices and access to data and the inequalities of knowledge required to use data. I take a similar approach in my book ‘Communicative Civic-ness: Social Media and Political Culture (In Press, Routledge, 2017), which addresses political inequality and civic inequality in political culture. My recent ESRC funded project ‘Ways of Being’ in the Digital Age resulted in the ESRC recognising that research needs to address both established inequalities and emerging inequalities within a ‘Fourth Industrial’ period. Furthermore, my role in the EU funded project ‘Joining Efforts for responsible research and innovation’ (JERRI) addresses inequalities within research in the areas of gender, diversity and data access in developing research policy.
My research also addresses specific areas of change including social participation, health services, social and financial inclusion, cultural participation, public sphere, e-services, identity and everyday life. These can be clustered under the following headings:

1. Inequality and social innovation, technological change and methodological innovation.
2. Inequality and digital-services, social participation, and identity across the lifecourse.
3. Situating social equality and digital participation in cultural life.

Methodological Innovation

Six of my projects focus on social innovation and technological change in relation to innovations in methodology and research data.

1. The World Universities Network (WUN) funded ‘Web Observatory Project’ developed a data observatory and methodology to create longitudinal and international data sets to foster internationalisation of research to meet some of the grand research challenges at a global level especially global inequalities.

2. The AHRC funded project ‘Beyond the Multiplex’ involves innovation in terms of developing a computational ontological approach in working with qualitative and quantitative data at scale and in-depth.

3. The European Commission-funded project ‘Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data’ in Europe explored the development of Open Access to research data, which involves considering changes in scholarly practices, and its impact is in the RECODE recommendations to European Commission Policy on open access to research data.

4. The AHRC funded project ‘Participation in Search Design’ developed participatory design for academics to improve search in digital resources for archival research. The commercial data and publishing company, Proquest, is engaging with the outputs of the research in developing new digital search facilities for scholars.

5. My ESRC funded evaluation of the ESRC’s National ‘Digital Social Research Programme’ makes recommendations for the further developments of digital social research for the ESRC.

6. The above projects build on my ESRC funded ‘e-social science project that addressed young people and personal and area based social exclusion’ (2003-2004) that developed innovative digital tools for the social sciences.

Inequalities, Digital Services, Social Participation and Identity

In terms of inequalities, digital services, participation and identity, my projects address participation in health services, financial and social inclusion. These are key domains of social inequality, digital inclusion and participation in society and my research has informed policy in these areas.

1. The ESRC and InnovateUK funded project ‘Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technology’ (MALT) addressed the use of telehealth in home-based healthcare encompassing health divides. The project is informing health policy and practice.

2. The EU COST network is addressing equality in access to travel and transport networks for social inclusion across Europe.

3. MY funded PhD student network ‘PIPIN’ undertook interdisciplinary research about ‘telehealth’ services from sociological, computing and health care perspectives is informing telehealth providers in the development of services within the health inequalities of Yorkshire.

4. The ESRC seminar series ‘Exploring Big Data to Examine Employee Health and Wellbeing: A Seminar Series’ is critically addressing some of the claims made about big data in order to address inequalities of health at work.

5. The Cabinet Office funded project ‘South Yorkshire Digital by Default’ addressed the development and early use of digital wallets for those at risk of financial exclusion. The project involved working with Credit Unions, local services, O2, and the Canadian Company Securekey, and a sample of citizens at risk of financial and social exclusion. This research is currently being developed further by the Cabinet Office to explore how to mainstream digital finance to support social inclusion.

6. I undertook a ‘Process Evaluation of Electronic Local Government in England’ with the University of Newcastle (funded by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister) that resulted in a report that raised the need to address social inequality in the development of e-government for the UK.

7. My ESRC funded doctorate explored the cultural dynamics of the innovation of telematics for local communities. The research focused communication and services in multi-cultural East London. The research informed the police service, and local public and third sector services in developing e-services.

8. Community research drawing on my doctorate research with further funding by London Borough of Newham (1997) focussed community telematics in multi-cultural areas, producing the first configuration of Local Service Centres supported by ICT for people with a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This is still regarded as a beacon development.

9. The project ‘Public participation and sustaining Portal e-services’ (KTOF-HEIF2) involved working with London Connects, the South Yorkshire e@syconnects and Digital Ronneby (Sweden) to further understand inequality in relation to inclusion in public sector and third sector e-services.

10. A pervasive issue in digital communication is privacy, and in this context the UoS Devolved Fund project ‘Identity and Privacy in Digital Contexts’ explored how the concept of identification could inform this area, and was well received by the EU e-forum Privacy Group and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Participation in Cultural Life

The following projects are examples of research that address the relationship between digital change and participation in cultural life.

1. The ‘Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Film in English Regions’ project (funded by AHRC) is addressing how the lack of cultural opportunity interacts with social and digital change at the regional level in the context of access to film and film culture.

2. ‘Q Cinema: Monetising Research-led Public Engagement at the Showroom Cinema’ (funded by the University of Sheffield Research and Innovation Fund and EPSRC) explored the innovation of micropayments in providing extra content about films on mobile apps. This research addressed cultural and economic factors in the dynamics of participation in cultural sector. The project also provided experience for two postdoctoral researchers in working with external partners and developing innovative methods to explore the development of new services to support cultural engagement.

3. Participation in cultural life was also addressed by the IIKE funded project 'How Audiences Form', informing the British Film Institute’s (BFI) national strategy on how to use social media in cultural engagement. It is also informing the development (and thus has impact) of the BFI Film Hub North's specific programme.

4. The ‘Beyond the Label’ project (funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and University of Sheffield (UoS) KT Fund) combined research and knowledge exchange in the development of ‘mobile apps’ to improve young people’s participation on the arts. Working with the Humanities Research Institute and the Courtauld Institute of Higher Education and Gallery the research developed service to support inclusion activities and cultural participation (launched internationally in September 2013).

5. The Barometern Foundation (Sweden) funded project ‘Regional Press in a Global Media Age’ explored the context of a changing digital media environment in terms of the role of the newspapers in facilitating participation in regional and local life.

6. The ESRC Digital Economy Horizon Centre funded project explored the treatment and framing of genocide in the processes of reconciliation and inclusion. It focused on the Rwandan genocide, and has provided new insights into the mediation of identities and participation in post-conflict contexts.

7. My ESRC funded doctorate explored the cultural dynamics of the innovation of community telematics in multi-cultural communities. The cultural dynamic of participation and inequality was a key part of this study in the East End of London (UK).

8. I participated in the pioneering work on digital technology in everyday life in the European Media and Technology in Everyday Life (EMTEL) network (EC funded, PI. Silverstone) and undertook one of the earliest studies of mobile phone use (COST, PI Haddon) when still a postgraduate student (1996-1998).
 


Publications

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Number of items: 66.

2019

Axtell, C., Taylor, M. and Wessels, B. (2019) Big data and employee wellbeing: walking the tightrope between utopia and dystopia. Social Sciences, (Accepted for Publication)

Hanchard, M. , Merrington, P., Wessels, B. and Yates, S. (2019) Exploring contemporary patterns of cultural consumption: offline and online film watching in the UK. Emerald Open Research, 1, 16. (doi:10.35241/emeraldopenres.13196.1)

Forrest, D., Hanchard, M. , Higson, A., Merrington, P., Pidd, M., Rogers, K., Smits, R., Townsend, N., Wessels, B. and Yates, S. (2019) Using a Computational Ontology and Mixed-Methods in Conceptualising Film Audiences. International Association of Media and Communications Research Conference (IAMCR 2019), Madrid, Spain, 7-11 July 2019.

Wessels, B. and Sarikakis, K. (2019) The dynamics of social media, political culture and communication governance in civic participation. In: Eberwein, T. and Wenzel, C. (eds.) Changing Media – Changing Democracy. Series: Relation, 5. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 223-239. ISBN 9783700184553

Merrington, P., Hanchard, M. , Wessels, B. , Pidd, M., Rogers, K., Forrest, D., Higson, A., Smits, R., Townsend, N. and Yates, S. (2019) Using mixed-methods, a data model and a computational ontology in film audience research. Cultural Trends, 28(2-3), pp. 118-131. (doi:10.1080/09548963.2019.1617934)

2018

Noorman, M., Wessels, B. , Sveinsdottir, T. and Wyatt, S. (2018) Understanding the ‘open’ in making research data open: policy rhetoric and research practice. In: Saetan, A.R., Schneider, I. and Green, N. (eds.) The Politics and Policies of Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother? Taylor & Francis (Routledge), pp. 292-318. ISBN 9781351866552

Wessels, B. (2018) Communicative Civic-ness: Social Media and Political Culture. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9781138959378

Wessels, B. (2018) Virtual exchange-based mobilities: platform economy, exchange and culture. Applied Mobilities, 3(1), pp. 51-65. (doi:10.1080/23800127.2018.1435438)

2017

Corbett, S. and Wessels, B. (2017) Active audiences and reflexivity: how film audiences form in northern English regions. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 14(2), pp. 63-79.

Wessels, B. , Taylor, J. and Coates, L. (2017) Telehealth in community nursing: A negotiated order. Sociological Research Online, 22(4), pp. 152-168. (doi:10.1177/1360780417734145)

Wessels, B. , Ekelin, A., Kempe, E., Forsberg, A., Ringford, B.-M. and Wahlberg, M. (2017) RegPress Project Final Report. Project Report. Linnaues University.

Yates, S. et al. (2017) Summary Final Report: ESRC Scoping Review of ‘Ways of Being in the Digital Age’. Project Report. Ways of Being in a Digital Age.

Price, S. et al. (2017) Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Web Observatory: Applying Lessons from the Web to Transform the Research Data Ecosystem. In: 26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, Perth, Australia, 3-7 Apr 2017, pp. 1665-1667. ISBN 9781450349147 (doi:10.1145/3041021.3051691)

Wessels, B. , Finn, R. L., Wadhwa, K. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2017) Open data and the Knowledge Society. Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789462980181

2015

Taylor, J., Coates, E., Wessels, B. , Mountain, G. and Hawley, M. S. (2015) Implementing solutions to improve and expand telehealth adoption: participatory action research in four community healthcare settings. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1), 529. (doi:10.1186/s12913-015-1195-3) (PMID:26626564) (PMCID:PMC4666096)

Tsoukala, V. et al. (2015) Deliverable D5.1: Policy Guidelines for Open Access and Data Dissemination and Preservation. Project Report. RECODE.

Wessels, B. , Borrill, K., Sorensen, L., McLaughlin, J. and Pidd, M. (2015) Understanding Design for the Digital Humanities. Studies in the digital humanities. Digital Humanities Institute: Sheffield.

Wessels, B. (2015) Digital divide: Authentication, status, and power in a digitally organized society. International Journal of Communication, 9, pp. 2801-2818.

2014

Linde, P., Noorman, M., Wessels, B. A. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2014) How can libraries and other academic stakeholders engage in making data open? Information Services and Use, 34(3-4), pp. 211-219. (doi:10.3233/ISU-140741)

Wessels, B. et al. (2014) Issues in the development of open access to research data. Prometheus, 32(1), pp. 49-66. (doi:10.1080/08109028.2014.956505)

Taylor, J., Coates, E., Brewster, L., Mountain, G., Wessels, B. and Hawley, M. S. (2014) Examining the use of telehealth in community nursing: identifying the factors affecting frontline staff acceptance and telehealth adoption. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(2), pp. 326-337. (doi:10.1111/jan.12480) (PMID:25069605)

Brewster, L., Mountain, G., Wessels, B. , Kelly, C. and Hawley, M. (2014) Factors affecting front line staff acceptance of telehealth technologies: a mixed-method systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(1), pp. 21-33. (doi:10.1111/jan.12196) (PMID:23786584)

Bigagli, L., Sveinsdottir, T., Wessels, B. , Smallwood, R., Linde, P. and Sondervan, J. (2014) Deliverable D2.1: Infrastructure and Technology Challenges. Project Report. RECODE.

Dittrich, Y., Eriksen, S. and Wessels, B. (2014) Learning through situated innovation. Why the specific is crucial for participatory design research. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 26(2), 2.

Noorman, M., Kalaitzi, V., Angelaki, M., Tsoukala, V., Linde, P., Sveinsdottir, T., Price, L. and Wessels, B. (2014) Deliverable D4.1: Institutional Barriers and Good Practice Solutions. Project Report. RECODE.

Wessels, B. (2014) Exploring Social Change: Process and Context. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230361041

Wessels, B. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2014) Evaluation of the Digital Social Research Programme - Executive Summary. Project Report. Economic and Social Research Council.

2013

Bontcheva, K., Gorrell, G. and Wessels, B. (2013) Social Media and Information Overload: Survey Results. Other. Cornell University Library.

Sveinsdottir, T., Wessels, B. , Smallwood, R., Linde, P., Kala, V., Tsoukala, V. and Sondervan, J. (2013) Deliverable D1 Stakeholder Values and Ecosystems. Project Report. RECODE.

Wessels, B. (2013) Exploring human agency and digital systems: services, personalisation and participation. Information, Communication and Society, 16(10), pp. 1533-1552. (doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.715666)

Wessels, B. (2013) The reproduction and reconfiguration of inequality: differentiation and class, status and power in the dynamics of digital divides. In: Ragnedda, M. and Muschert, G. W. (eds.) The Digital Divide: the Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective. Series: Routledge advances in sociology. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group): London, pp. 17-28. ISBN 9780415525442

2012

Wessels, B. (2012) Identification and the practices of identity and privacy in everyday digital communication. New Media and Society, 14(8), pp. 1251-1268. (doi:10.1177/1461444812450679)

Wessels, B. , Anderson, B., Durrant, A. and Ellis, J. (2012) Mediating genocide: cultural understanding through digital and print media stories in global communication. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 8(2-3), pp. 193-209. (doi:10.1386/macp.8.2-3.193_1)

Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (Eds.) (2012) Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communication, and the European Public Sphere. Berghahn Books: Oxford. ISBN 9780857456557

Wessels, B. , Dittrich, Y., Ekelin, A. and Eriksén, S. (2012) Creating synergies between participatory design of e-services and collaborative planning. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 1(3), (doi:10.4018/ijepr.2012070101)

2011

Wessels, B. (2011) The Cultural Dynamics of the Innovation of New Media. VDM Verlag: Saarbrücken. ISBN 9783639291032

Wessels, B. (2011) Framework for Designing an Augmented Participation Service for the Courtauld Gallery. Other. Courtauld Institute.

2010

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2010) Researcher-led development of e-research in the social sciences: the case of an e-social science pilot demonstrator project. Sociological Research Online, 15(2), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.5153/sro.2095)

Wessels, B. (2010) E-inclusion: European perspectives beyond the digital divide. In: Lee, I. (ed.) Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Global Economy [vol. 3]. Business Science Reference/Global: Hershey, Pa., pp. 1068-1075.

Wessels, B. (2010) Understanding the Internet: a Socio-cultural Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230517332

Wessels, B. (2010) The role of local agencies in developing community participation in EGovernment and E-Public services. In: Silva, C.N. (ed.) Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring. Information Science Reference/Global: Hershey, PA, pp. 286-305. ISBN 9781615209293

2009

Wessels, B. (2009) Information and communication technologies and policing: the dynamics of changing police-public communication in the East End of London. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(5), pp. 501-513. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00591.x)

Dittrich, Y., Eriksén, S. and Wessels, B. (2009) From knowledge transfer to situated innovation: cultivating spaces for co-operation in innovation and design between academics, user-groups and ICT providers. Other. Blekinge Institute of Technology.

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2009) Situated innovations in e-social science. In: Jankowski, N. (ed.) E-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), pp. 291-309. ISBN 9780415990288

Wessels, B. (2009) Locating the self in Web 2.0: explorations in creativity, identity and digital expression. Observatorio (OBS*), 3(3), pp. 253-272.

Wessels, B. (2009) The public sphere and the European information society. In: Bee, C. and Bozzini, E. (eds.) Mapping the European Public Sphere. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 47-64. ISBN 9780754673767

Wessels, B. (2009) The public sphere and the European information society. In: Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (eds.) Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communication, and the European Public Sphere. Berghahn: Oxford, pp. 150-181. ISBN 9780857456557

2008

Wessels, B. (2008) Exploring the notion of the Europeanization of public spheres and civil society in fostering a culture of dialogue through the concept of “proper distance”. Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas = Sociology. Though and Action, 23, pp. 28-46. (doi:10.15388/SocMintVei.2008.3.6067)

Wessels, B. , Walsh, S. and Adam, E. (2008) Mediating voices: community participation in the design of e-enabled community care services. Information Society, 24(1), pp. 30-39. (doi:10.1080/01972240701774683)

Wessels, B. (2008) Creating a regional agency to foster einclusion: the case of South Yorkshire, UK. European Journal of ePractice, 3, pp. 1-11.

2007

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2007) Situated innovation of e-social science: integrating infrastructure, collaboration, and knowledge in developing e-social science. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(2), pp. 692-711. (doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00345.x)

Wessels, B. , Janssen, J. and Miedema, S. (2007) Double difficulty: female and foreigner. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 241-254. ISBN 9780754648154

Wessels, B. (2007) 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. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 175-186. ISBN 9780754648154

Wessels, B. (2007) Inside the Digital Revolution: Policing and Changing Communication with the Public. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9780754670872

Wessels, B. and Miedema, S. (2007) Towards understanding situations of social exclusion. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 61-76. ISBN 9780754648154

2006

Wessels, B. (2006) First impressions: arriving and reading the city. In: Macdonald, S. (ed.) Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity. HRI Online publishing: Sheffield.

2005

Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (2005) A new public service communication environment? Public service broadcasting values in the reconfiguring media. New Media and Society, 7(6), pp. 834-853. (doi:10.1177/1461444805058172)

Craglia, M., Wessels, B. , Griffiths, M. and Costello, A. (2005) Building Bridges between Social Science, Grid, and Geospatial Communities: a Reflection on Practice. Other. JISC/ESRC.

2004

Cornford, J., Wessels, B. , Richardson, R., Gillespie, A., McLoughlin, I., Kohannejad, J., Belt, V. and Martin, M. (2004) Local e-Government: Process Evaluation of Electronic Local Government in England. Other. ODPM.

2002

Wessels, B. and Bagnall, V. (2002) Information and Joining Up Services : the Case of an Information Guide for Parents of Disabled Children. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781861344298

2001

Wessels, B. (2001) Communicating amongst strangers: the use of the mobile phone. In: Munt, S. and Pemberton, L. (eds.) Technospaces: Inside the New Media. Cassell/Continuum: London and Washington, pp. 205-223.

2000

Wessels, B. (2000) Telematics in the East End of London: new media as a cultural form. New Media and Society, 2(4), pp. 427-444. (doi:10.1177/14614440022225896)

Wessels, B. (2000) The Innovation of ICT in Police Service Environments. Other. Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).

1999

Wessels, B. (1999) Social exclusion and the United Kingdom. In: Steinert, H. (ed.) Social Exclusion as a Multidimensional Process. Institute fur Rechts-und Kriminalsoziologie: Vienna, pp. 6-31.

1998

Wessels, B. (1998) Finding the centre: discovering ethnography and ICT innovation as performance. In: Silverstone, R. and Hartmann, M. (eds.) Methodologies for Media and Information Technology Research in Everyday Life. Culcom: Brighton, pp. 1-12.

1997

Bassett, C., Hartmann, M., Karl, L., Morgan, B. and Wessels, B. (1997) In the company of strangers: user perceptions of the mobile phone. In: Communication on the Move: the Experience of Mobile Telephony in the 1990s. COST248 Report. Telia: Farsta.

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Number of items: 66.

Articles

Axtell, C., Taylor, M. and Wessels, B. (2019) Big data and employee wellbeing: walking the tightrope between utopia and dystopia. Social Sciences, (Accepted for Publication)

Hanchard, M. , Merrington, P., Wessels, B. and Yates, S. (2019) Exploring contemporary patterns of cultural consumption: offline and online film watching in the UK. Emerald Open Research, 1, 16. (doi:10.35241/emeraldopenres.13196.1)

Merrington, P., Hanchard, M. , Wessels, B. , Pidd, M., Rogers, K., Forrest, D., Higson, A., Smits, R., Townsend, N. and Yates, S. (2019) Using mixed-methods, a data model and a computational ontology in film audience research. Cultural Trends, 28(2-3), pp. 118-131. (doi:10.1080/09548963.2019.1617934)

Wessels, B. (2018) Virtual exchange-based mobilities: platform economy, exchange and culture. Applied Mobilities, 3(1), pp. 51-65. (doi:10.1080/23800127.2018.1435438)

Corbett, S. and Wessels, B. (2017) Active audiences and reflexivity: how film audiences form in northern English regions. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 14(2), pp. 63-79.

Wessels, B. , Taylor, J. and Coates, L. (2017) Telehealth in community nursing: A negotiated order. Sociological Research Online, 22(4), pp. 152-168. (doi:10.1177/1360780417734145)

Taylor, J., Coates, E., Wessels, B. , Mountain, G. and Hawley, M. S. (2015) Implementing solutions to improve and expand telehealth adoption: participatory action research in four community healthcare settings. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1), 529. (doi:10.1186/s12913-015-1195-3) (PMID:26626564) (PMCID:PMC4666096)

Wessels, B. (2015) Digital divide: Authentication, status, and power in a digitally organized society. International Journal of Communication, 9, pp. 2801-2818.

Linde, P., Noorman, M., Wessels, B. A. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2014) How can libraries and other academic stakeholders engage in making data open? Information Services and Use, 34(3-4), pp. 211-219. (doi:10.3233/ISU-140741)

Wessels, B. et al. (2014) Issues in the development of open access to research data. Prometheus, 32(1), pp. 49-66. (doi:10.1080/08109028.2014.956505)

Taylor, J., Coates, E., Brewster, L., Mountain, G., Wessels, B. and Hawley, M. S. (2014) Examining the use of telehealth in community nursing: identifying the factors affecting frontline staff acceptance and telehealth adoption. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(2), pp. 326-337. (doi:10.1111/jan.12480) (PMID:25069605)

Brewster, L., Mountain, G., Wessels, B. , Kelly, C. and Hawley, M. (2014) Factors affecting front line staff acceptance of telehealth technologies: a mixed-method systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(1), pp. 21-33. (doi:10.1111/jan.12196) (PMID:23786584)

Dittrich, Y., Eriksen, S. and Wessels, B. (2014) Learning through situated innovation. Why the specific is crucial for participatory design research. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 26(2), 2.

Wessels, B. (2013) Exploring human agency and digital systems: services, personalisation and participation. Information, Communication and Society, 16(10), pp. 1533-1552. (doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.715666)

Wessels, B. (2012) Identification and the practices of identity and privacy in everyday digital communication. New Media and Society, 14(8), pp. 1251-1268. (doi:10.1177/1461444812450679)

Wessels, B. , Anderson, B., Durrant, A. and Ellis, J. (2012) Mediating genocide: cultural understanding through digital and print media stories in global communication. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 8(2-3), pp. 193-209. (doi:10.1386/macp.8.2-3.193_1)

Wessels, B. , Dittrich, Y., Ekelin, A. and Eriksén, S. (2012) Creating synergies between participatory design of e-services and collaborative planning. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 1(3), (doi:10.4018/ijepr.2012070101)

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2010) Researcher-led development of e-research in the social sciences: the case of an e-social science pilot demonstrator project. Sociological Research Online, 15(2), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.5153/sro.2095)

Wessels, B. (2009) Information and communication technologies and policing: the dynamics of changing police-public communication in the East End of London. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(5), pp. 501-513. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00591.x)

Wessels, B. (2009) Locating the self in Web 2.0: explorations in creativity, identity and digital expression. Observatorio (OBS*), 3(3), pp. 253-272.

Wessels, B. (2008) Exploring the notion of the Europeanization of public spheres and civil society in fostering a culture of dialogue through the concept of “proper distance”. Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas = Sociology. Though and Action, 23, pp. 28-46. (doi:10.15388/SocMintVei.2008.3.6067)

Wessels, B. , Walsh, S. and Adam, E. (2008) Mediating voices: community participation in the design of e-enabled community care services. Information Society, 24(1), pp. 30-39. (doi:10.1080/01972240701774683)

Wessels, B. (2008) Creating a regional agency to foster einclusion: the case of South Yorkshire, UK. European Journal of ePractice, 3, pp. 1-11.

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2007) Situated innovation of e-social science: integrating infrastructure, collaboration, and knowledge in developing e-social science. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(2), pp. 692-711. (doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00345.x)

Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (2005) A new public service communication environment? Public service broadcasting values in the reconfiguring media. New Media and Society, 7(6), pp. 834-853. (doi:10.1177/1461444805058172)

Wessels, B. (2000) Telematics in the East End of London: new media as a cultural form. New Media and Society, 2(4), pp. 427-444. (doi:10.1177/14614440022225896)

Books

Wessels, B. (2018) Communicative Civic-ness: Social Media and Political Culture. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9781138959378

Wessels, B. , Finn, R. L., Wadhwa, K. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2017) Open data and the Knowledge Society. Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789462980181

Wessels, B. , Borrill, K., Sorensen, L., McLaughlin, J. and Pidd, M. (2015) Understanding Design for the Digital Humanities. Studies in the digital humanities. Digital Humanities Institute: Sheffield.

Wessels, B. (2014) Exploring Social Change: Process and Context. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230361041

Wessels, B. (2011) The Cultural Dynamics of the Innovation of New Media. VDM Verlag: Saarbrücken. ISBN 9783639291032

Wessels, B. (2010) Understanding the Internet: a Socio-cultural Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230517332

Wessels, B. (2007) Inside the Digital Revolution: Policing and Changing Communication with the Public. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9780754670872

Wessels, B. and Bagnall, V. (2002) Information and Joining Up Services : the Case of an Information Guide for Parents of Disabled Children. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781861344298

Book Sections

Wessels, B. and Sarikakis, K. (2019) The dynamics of social media, political culture and communication governance in civic participation. In: Eberwein, T. and Wenzel, C. (eds.) Changing Media – Changing Democracy. Series: Relation, 5. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 223-239. ISBN 9783700184553

Noorman, M., Wessels, B. , Sveinsdottir, T. and Wyatt, S. (2018) Understanding the ‘open’ in making research data open: policy rhetoric and research practice. In: Saetan, A.R., Schneider, I. and Green, N. (eds.) The Politics and Policies of Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother? Taylor & Francis (Routledge), pp. 292-318. ISBN 9781351866552

Wessels, B. (2013) The reproduction and reconfiguration of inequality: differentiation and class, status and power in the dynamics of digital divides. In: Ragnedda, M. and Muschert, G. W. (eds.) The Digital Divide: the Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective. Series: Routledge advances in sociology. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group): London, pp. 17-28. ISBN 9780415525442

Wessels, B. (2010) E-inclusion: European perspectives beyond the digital divide. In: Lee, I. (ed.) Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Global Economy [vol. 3]. Business Science Reference/Global: Hershey, Pa., pp. 1068-1075.

Wessels, B. (2010) The role of local agencies in developing community participation in EGovernment and E-Public services. In: Silva, C.N. (ed.) Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring. Information Science Reference/Global: Hershey, PA, pp. 286-305. ISBN 9781615209293

Wessels, B. and Craglia, M. (2009) Situated innovations in e-social science. In: Jankowski, N. (ed.) E-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), pp. 291-309. ISBN 9780415990288

Wessels, B. (2009) The public sphere and the European information society. In: Bee, C. and Bozzini, E. (eds.) Mapping the European Public Sphere. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 47-64. ISBN 9780754673767

Wessels, B. (2009) The public sphere and the European information society. In: Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (eds.) Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communication, and the European Public Sphere. Berghahn: Oxford, pp. 150-181. ISBN 9780857456557

Wessels, B. , Janssen, J. and Miedema, S. (2007) Double difficulty: female and foreigner. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 241-254. ISBN 9780754648154

Wessels, B. (2007) 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. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 175-186. ISBN 9780754648154

Wessels, B. and Miedema, S. (2007) Towards understanding situations of social exclusion. In: Steinert, H. and Pilgram, A. (eds.) Welfare Policy from Below: struggles against Social Exclusion in Europe [2nd ed.]. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 61-76. ISBN 9780754648154

Wessels, B. (2006) First impressions: arriving and reading the city. In: Macdonald, S. (ed.) Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity. HRI Online publishing: Sheffield.

Wessels, B. (2001) Communicating amongst strangers: the use of the mobile phone. In: Munt, S. and Pemberton, L. (eds.) Technospaces: Inside the New Media. Cassell/Continuum: London and Washington, pp. 205-223.

Wessels, B. (1999) Social exclusion and the United Kingdom. In: Steinert, H. (ed.) Social Exclusion as a Multidimensional Process. Institute fur Rechts-und Kriminalsoziologie: Vienna, pp. 6-31.

Wessels, B. (1998) Finding the centre: discovering ethnography and ICT innovation as performance. In: Silverstone, R. and Hartmann, M. (eds.) Methodologies for Media and Information Technology Research in Everyday Life. Culcom: Brighton, pp. 1-12.

Bassett, C., Hartmann, M., Karl, L., Morgan, B. and Wessels, B. (1997) In the company of strangers: user perceptions of the mobile phone. In: Communication on the Move: the Experience of Mobile Telephony in the 1990s. COST248 Report. Telia: Farsta.

Edited Books

Harrison, J. and Wessels, B. (Eds.) (2012) Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communication, and the European Public Sphere. Berghahn Books: Oxford. ISBN 9780857456557

Research Reports or Papers

Wessels, B. , Ekelin, A., Kempe, E., Forsberg, A., Ringford, B.-M. and Wahlberg, M. (2017) RegPress Project Final Report. Project Report. Linnaues University.

Yates, S. et al. (2017) Summary Final Report: ESRC Scoping Review of ‘Ways of Being in the Digital Age’. Project Report. Ways of Being in a Digital Age.

Tsoukala, V. et al. (2015) Deliverable D5.1: Policy Guidelines for Open Access and Data Dissemination and Preservation. Project Report. RECODE.

Bigagli, L., Sveinsdottir, T., Wessels, B. , Smallwood, R., Linde, P. and Sondervan, J. (2014) Deliverable D2.1: Infrastructure and Technology Challenges. Project Report. RECODE.

Noorman, M., Kalaitzi, V., Angelaki, M., Tsoukala, V., Linde, P., Sveinsdottir, T., Price, L. and Wessels, B. (2014) Deliverable D4.1: Institutional Barriers and Good Practice Solutions. Project Report. RECODE.

Wessels, B. and Sveinsdottir, T. (2014) Evaluation of the Digital Social Research Programme - Executive Summary. Project Report. Economic and Social Research Council.

Bontcheva, K., Gorrell, G. and Wessels, B. (2013) Social Media and Information Overload: Survey Results. Other. Cornell University Library.

Sveinsdottir, T., Wessels, B. , Smallwood, R., Linde, P., Kala, V., Tsoukala, V. and Sondervan, J. (2013) Deliverable D1 Stakeholder Values and Ecosystems. Project Report. RECODE.

Wessels, B. (2011) Framework for Designing an Augmented Participation Service for the Courtauld Gallery. Other. Courtauld Institute.

Dittrich, Y., Eriksén, S. and Wessels, B. (2009) From knowledge transfer to situated innovation: cultivating spaces for co-operation in innovation and design between academics, user-groups and ICT providers. Other. Blekinge Institute of Technology.

Craglia, M., Wessels, B. , Griffiths, M. and Costello, A. (2005) Building Bridges between Social Science, Grid, and Geospatial Communities: a Reflection on Practice. Other. JISC/ESRC.

Cornford, J., Wessels, B. , Richardson, R., Gillespie, A., McLoughlin, I., Kohannejad, J., Belt, V. and Martin, M. (2004) Local e-Government: Process Evaluation of Electronic Local Government in England. Other. ODPM.

Wessels, B. (2000) The Innovation of ICT in Police Service Environments. Other. Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).

Conference or Workshop Item

Forrest, D., Hanchard, M. , Higson, A., Merrington, P., Pidd, M., Rogers, K., Smits, R., Townsend, N., Wessels, B. and Yates, S. (2019) Using a Computational Ontology and Mixed-Methods in Conceptualising Film Audiences. International Association of Media and Communications Research Conference (IAMCR 2019), Madrid, Spain, 7-11 July 2019.

Conference Proceedings

Price, S. et al. (2017) Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Web Observatory: Applying Lessons from the Web to Transform the Research Data Ecosystem. In: 26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, Perth, Australia, 3-7 Apr 2017, pp. 1665-1667. ISBN 9781450349147 (doi:10.1145/3041021.3051691)

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Grants

date

Project

Funder

2019-2021

5G: Sociality, Politics and Practices

ECAS

2018-2020

Me and My Big Data

 

Nuffield Foundation

2019-2020

Smart Publics

 

University of Sydney and University of Glasgow PCA

2019-2020

NORDWIT 

Nordforsk

2017-2020

Beyond the Multiplex: audiences for specialised films in English Regions

 

AHRC

2016-2017

Ways of Being in the Digital Age

ESRC

2015-2017

Exploring Big Data to Examine Employee Health and Wellbeing.

ESRC

2018-2019

Trust and Personalisation of local news (REGPRESS 2)

Barometern Foundation (Sweden)

2015-2017 

Regional Press in a global digital culture  (REGPRESS)

Barometern Foundation (Sweden)

2015-2016 

New Services, New

Perspectives: Decision making in remote care

IIKE Collaborative Research &

Development Fund 

2015 

Web Observatory Project 

World Universities Network

2014

Evaluation of the ESRC Digital Social Research Programme

ESRC 

2012-2014

Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason’s English Newsbooks

AHRC

2014

How cinema audiences form: social media and specialist film

IIKE Collaborative Research & Development Fund

 

2014

Evaluation of the ESRC Digital Social Research Programme

ESRC

2013-2017

Social Networks and Travel Behaviour

EU COST Action TU1305

2013-2015

Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE)

European Commission 

2012-2013

South Yorkshire Digital by Default Alpha Project

Cabinet Office (UK)

2011-2014

Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies.

ESRC & Innovate UK

2011-2014

Promoting Independence through Personalised

Interactive Technologies (PIPIN)

Digital Worlds 

 

2011

 

Digital Economy and the Mediapolis

 

ESRC Horizons Digital Economy Hub 

2011-2012

Beyond the Label

Museums, Libraries and Archive Council and UoS KT Fund 

 

2008

Identity and Privacy in Digital Contexts

 

University of Sheffield

Devolved Fund

 

2005-2006

Public Participation and Sustaining e-Enabled Portal

Services 

KTOF-HEIF 2

 

2003-2004

e-Social Science Demonstrator Project: Collaborative Analysis of Offenders’ personal and Area-based Social Exclusion

ESRC

2002-2004

National Evaluation of eGovernment 

Office of Deputy Prime Minister 

 


Supervision

PhD students

James Gulgecer
Christina Holtz
Wilko Artale
Louise Warkwick-Booth
Lada Price
Stephen Corbett
Mark Hawker
Matthew Hanchard
Abureza Muzareba
Rupert Knox


Teaching

I enjoy teaching and foster active learning through problem-based learning.  My teaching at UG and PGT levels focuses on digital society, inequalities in the digital age, cultural participation in the digital age, open data and data, digital everyday life, e-health, e-services, work in the digital age and mobilities in the digital age. I am currently developing a Living Lab for the new Msc in Digital Society and Social Change.  My PhD students work on a range digital – society focused PhDs. 


Research datasets

Jump to: 2019
Number of items: 4.

2019

Forrest, D., Merrington, P., Hanchard, M. and Wessels, B. (2019) Beyond the Multiplex - Film-elicitation group questions. [Data Collection]

Wessels, B. and Merrington, P. (2019) Beyond the Multiplex - Audience member interview questions. [Data Collection]

Yates, S., Merrington, P., Hanchard, M. and Wessels, B. (2019) Beyond the Multiplex - Survey waves 1, 2 and 3 questions. [Data Collection]

Yates, S., Wessels, B. , Higson, A., Forrest, D., Pidd, M., Hanchard, M. , Merrington, P., Townend, N. and Smits, R. (2019) Beyond the Multiplex: R script for Latent Class Analyses. [Data Collection]

This list was generated on Wed Dec 4 19:01:40 2019 GMT.