Professor Bridgette Wessels

  • Professor in the Sociology of Inequalities (Sociology)

Biography

Bridgette Wessels

Professor of Social Inequalities

BA Sociology (Durham), MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture (York), DPhil ‘The Cultural Dynamics of Innovation’ (Sussex)

 


Research interests

My research area focuses broadly on social change in the digital age and the dynamics of social inequalities in digital societies.  I first undertook research into the development and consumption of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) during the mid to late 1990s in the East of London as well as other European cities. It was a time when public, private and third sector organisations, and citizens and consumers were exploring the potential of the WWW to address inequality as well as the risks it posed in widening inequalities.  The pervasiveness of the digital technology and services has taken my work in a range of areas with projects 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, regional/digital journalism and participatory democracy, and e-policing, ethnicity and communities. My work has addressed inequality and e-inclusion at a global level in South East Asia, Australia, USA, and Europe.  Recent research has focused on open data, addresses emerging inequalities embedded within access to data and the inequalities of knowledge required to use data and the use of social media in contexts of political inequality and civic inequality in political culture. I also enjoy working in the area of cultural participation including the development of film audiences in underserved areas of England. A recent project identified the need to address the risks of emerging inequalities within a ‘Fourth Industrial’ period defined through the uses of Robotics and autonomous systems (automation). 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 therefore 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 cluster 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. 


Grants

Current and recent projects 2017 to present)

Beyond the Multiplex: audiences for specialised films in English Regions (AHRC)

https://www.beyondthemultiplex.net/

Ways of Being in the Digital Age (ESRC)

https://waysofbeingdigital.com/

What is the role and value of regional press in a global media age (Barometern Foundation)

https://lnu.se/en/research/searchresearch/forskningsprojekt/project-regional-press-project-regpress/


Supervision

Current PhD students

Matthew Hanchard  - 'Anchoring digital maps as rough guides: a practice-orientated digital sociology of map use   lives.' 

Christina Holtz - Collective intelligence and participatory politics

Rupert Knox  - Transforming Mexico: social movements mobilizing human rights and social media

James Gulgecer - Zones of in/security in the UK youth labour market


Publications

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Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2002
Number of items: 16.

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

2017

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

2015

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.

2014

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

2013

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

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

2011

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

2010

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. 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

2007

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

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

This list was generated on Wed Jan 16 00:50:45 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 16.

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

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

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

This list was generated on Wed Jan 16 00:50:45 2019 GMT.