Dr Mark Wong

  • Lecturer in Public Policy and Research Methods (Public Policy)

telephone: 01413308059
email: Mark.Wong@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 208, Urban Studies, 25 Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5683-8684

Biography

Dr. Mark Wong joined the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer (also known as, Assistant Professor in Hong Kong/US) in 2017. 

Mark's current research focuses on marginalised youth, inequalities and precarity, and the impact of technology on society and social networks in the digital age. He is also an expert in social data science and Social Network Analysis (SNA). 

Mark is the Undergraduate Convenor in Urban Studies (ranked joint-1st in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014), and he is the Programme Director of the successful MA (Hons) in Social and Public Policy. Mark leads the UG teaching team, which won the UK-wide Social Policy Association Outstanding Teaching Award 2020, and the programme was joint-first for Social Policy in the UK in NSS 2019.

Mark has a range of leadership experiences and responsibilities at the University, College, and School levels. He is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the University inaugural Shadow Board, which contributes to the University strategy and Senior Management Group decision-making, and its aim is to influence change in the University through ideas, actions, and diverse voices.

Mark is a co-leader of the College of Social Sciences interdisciplinary research theme, Digital Society and Economy (and cross-college Glasgow Social and Digital Change group) and is part of the Learning and Teaching Committee of the School of Social and Political Sciences. 

CURRENT RESEARCH. FUNDED PROJECTS, AND AWARDS

Mark has a successful track record of publishing original research and single-author articles in 4* (world-leading) top peer-review journals in the fieldincluding New Media and Society (Impact Factor: 4.577) and Housing Studies (Impact Factor: 2.255). 

Mark is also actively involved in leading interdisciplinary research and innovations. He is a Co-Investigator of the EPSRC-funded project, MultilayerALGS (£766,000, 2020-23) and is leading cutting-edge innovations in social data science through collaborations with computer scientists, algorithm design experts, and mathematicians at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh. 

Mark is leading the project's work package on developing new applications of network algorithms in social sciences to analyse online social networks using a multi-layer network approach. This work focuses on uncovering the dynamics of different types of interactions online and analysing online networks in new ways.

He has also been awarded the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account User Engagement grant (£5,000) as Principle Investigator to create a short film project “What Data Means to You” to explore public imaginings and the lived realities of data futures, especially from marginalised voices across the community in Scotland. 

Mark recently won the School Teaching Excellence Award 2020, in recognition of his distinct contribution in enhancing student experience and using technology such as smartphone apps and Virtual Reality (VR) to promote active learning pedagogy in the School of Social and Political Sciences. 

He is also co-leading a team in Urban Studies, which won two awards from the University Learning and Teaching Development Fund 2020 (LTDF, £6000) to explore embedding technology in active and blended learning as well as promoting feedback literacy. 

In addition, Mark co-convenes the Scottish cross-institutional research network, Social Network Analysis in Scotland (SNAS) group and was a co-convenor of the Neighbourhood, Welfare and Wellbeing research section in Urban Studies.

Mark has been invited to act as peer reviewer for several national funding bodies, including the MRC/GCRF, the Dutch Research Council, and for top international academic journals, such as New Media and Society, Journal of Social Policy, and Information, Communication and Society.

He has had success in winning funding in the ESRC supervisor-led PhD studentship competition (with Prof. Sharon Wright) for a doctoral project on "Young people's lived experiences of welfare conditionality over time". Mark is part of the organising committee for the University's flagship LKAS international symposium 2021 on Inclusive Digital Futures. 

BACKGROUND & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Mark completed his PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh and his work explored the importance of technologies and online connections for disengaged young people (“hidden youth”) in Hong Kong and Scotland. 

He has an active interest in the role and importance of online social networks and digital interactions for young people and marginalised communities. His research examines this issue in the global changing context dominated by precarity and insecurity, and his work seeks to understand the lived experiences of young people, particularly in how their lives have been impacted by technology in both positive and negative ways.

Mark's interest also braodly lies in how technology and data can improve people's lives and promote "social good", particularly inclusion, equality, and welfare and wellbeing, while addressing concerns in ethics biases of technologies and data processes. He is interested to understand the lived realities of technology and what unequal impacts technology and data have on society.  

Methodologically, Mark is interested and has been involved in several research projects working with innovations in social data science methods, including "big data" analytics, Social Network Analysis (SNA), network visualisations, social media data (e.g. twitter data), linked data, and bibliometrics.

Mark has collaborated with several external partners, including providing consultancy for the Scottish Government in developing a new methodology for one of the National Indicators in the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework, a flagship policy measuring Scotland's outcomes against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, using Social Network Analysis (SNA). 

Mark was also an External Collaborator and previously a Research Assistant for a project funded by the European Research Council, "Medical Translation in the History of Genomics", based in the University of Edinburgh. He developed original applications of SNA methods and data linkage and developed a large open-access dataset (using Application Programming Interface and over 30 million automated API queries in programming environment R), to map networks of scientific collaborations in genomics from the 1980s to 2000s. 

Media Appearance and Interviews

Mark's research contributed to public awareness of the issue of "hidden youth", including through several news reports on his research in The Sunday Times, The Times Scotland, and BBC Radio Scotland. He was interviewed by the BBC Radio Scotland's prime national news programme, Good Morning Scotland, in May 2018. 

In Mark's recent research, he argues online connections have become especially important for marginalised young people to feel socially connected. This research contributed to informing public understanding around online social networks and was reported in news media, including the Herald and Future Scot (published with the Times Scotland).

Mark also regularly provides interviews for international media outlets, such as the Vice UK, in which he discusses how rapid innovation in data and algorithms could deepen social inequalities. 

Teaching and Learning

Mark has an extensive range of experiences in teaching social policy (particularly youth policy), social data science, quantitative methods, social network analysis, research design, and data visualisation for various UK institutions and international academic networks.

Mark is one of the VR App Champions for Project Mobius, funded by Innovate UK (£1 million), in developing cutting-edge innovations in Virtual Reality (VR) in teaching and learning. He contributed to co-designing a new VR application and the development of a new VR platform for teaching, Edify, which reached commericialisation in Feb 2021. The "Data Landscape" VR lesson he co-developed allows learners to visualise data and learn about data analytics in a new immersive environment in VR. 

He also previously served as the Deputy UG Convenor of the School of Social and Political Sciences. 

Research interests

Digital society, social networks, and social connections in the "digital age"

  • Young people and online social networks
  • Impact of technology, data, and algorithms on society and inequalities
  • Relationship between technology and social inclusion, equality and wellbeing
  • Innovation, data, and AI for social good
  • Youth policies, welfare, and wellbeing (particularly in Hong Kong and UK/Scotland)

Social Data Science

  • Social data science methods, "big data" analytics, automation and APIs (particularly in R)
  • Social Network Analysis and network visualisations

Publications

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Number of items: 24.

2021

Ikegwuonu, T., Hilton, S. , Smith, K. E., Buckton, C. H. , Wong, M. and Weishaar, H. B. (2021) Understanding commercial actors’ engagement in policy debates on proposed e-cigarette regulation in Scotland. Tobacco Control, (doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056084) (PMID:33771932) (Early Online Publication)

Hilton, S. , Buckton, C. , Smith, K., Weishaar, H., Ikegwuonu, T. and Wong, M. (2021) E-cigarettes and public health: reasons for optimism? Improving Health Blog, 2 Mar.

2020

Wong, M. , Leider, K. and Keene, S. (2020) The Future of Online Teaching in the Digital Age. U21 Online Teaching Pathways Conference for Early-Career Criminologists and Sociologists, University of Hong Kong and University of Glasgow, 7-8 Oct 2020. (Unpublished)

Wong, M. (2020) Hidden youth? A new perspective on the sociality of young people 'withdrawn' in the bedroom in a digital age. New Media and Society, 22(7), pp. 1227-1244. (doi: 10.1177/1461444820912530)

Davis, J. L. et al. (2020) A crowdsourced sociology of COVID-19. Contexts, 27 Apr.

2019

Wong, M. and Leng, R. (2019) On the design of linked datasets mapping networks of collaboration in the genomic sequencing of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Homo sapiens, and Sus scrofa. F1000Research, 8, 1200. (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.18656.1)

Wong, M. (2019) Intergenerational Family Support for Marginalised Young People: The Role of Family Home for "Generation Rent" in Scotland. Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning Research Seminar, Hong Kong, 01 Apr 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Hidden Youth?: The Sociality of Young People "Withdrawn" in the Bedroom in a Digital Age. Cambridge Technology & New Media Research Cluster Series, Cambridge, UK, 04 Mar 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) “Hidden Youth”: The Importance of Online Networks and Technology (Inside the Bedroom) for Marginalised Young People in Hong Kong. Scottish Centre for China Research, Glasgow, UK, 21 Feb 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Socially ‘Withdrawn’? Examining the Sociality of Young People ‘Hidden’ in the Bedroom in the Digital Age. Understanding the Social in a Digital Age Conference, Norwich, UK, 08 Jan 2019.

Szymanski, E., Vermeulen, N. and Wong, M. (2019) Yeast: one cell, one reference sequence, many genomes? New Genetics and Society, 38(4), pp. 430-450. (doi: 10.1080/14636778.2019.1677150)

Wong, M. (2019) Precarity, Insecurity, and Marginalised Young People in the Future World of Work. HKU-Work Employment Society Journal Conference, Hong Kong, 10 Sep 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) The Role of The Family Home and Digital Interactions in The Bedroom for “Hidden Youth". Journal of Youth Studies Conference: Youth Studies and the Challenges of Late Capitalism in a Globalised World, Newcastle, Australia, 02-04 Dec 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Twitter Data in Social Sciences: A Critical Discussion of Applying Data Science and Social Network Analysis to Understand Online Social Networks. Urban Big Data Centre Workshop, Glasgow, UK, 18 Sep 2019.

Wong, M. T. O. (2019) Intergenerational family support for ‘Generation Rent’: the family home for socially disengaged young people. Housing Studies, 34(1), pp. 1-23. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1364713)

2018

Wong, M. and Leng, R. (2018) Mapping Institutional Collaboration in Genomics: Data Linkage and Social Network Analysis. European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference, London, UK, 17 Sep 2018.

Wong, M. and Meeks, K. (2018) Inequalities, Gender and Online/Offline Networks. Researching Youth and Inequality in the Digital Age Mini-Symposium, Glasgow, UK, 27 Jul 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Using Apps and Gamification to Enhance Student Learning, Feedback, and Engagement. 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 28-29 Mar 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Using Data Science and Social Network Analysis on Twitter Data. Political Studies Association 68th Annual International Conference, Cardiff, UK, 26-28 March 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Intergenerational Family Support for Marginalised Young People: Family Home and Negotiations for Generation Rent. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, Glasgow, UK, 05 Dec 2018.

2017

Wong, M. T. O. (2017) Mapping Institutional Networks in Human and Animal Genomics: A Bibliometric and ‘Big Data’ Study. 2017 International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, 16-21 July 2017. pp. 362-364.

Wong, M. T. O. (2017) Understanding Social Disengagement in the Digital Age: ‘Hidden Youth’ in Hong Kong and Scotland. Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity Conference, Edinburgh, 21 April 2017.

2016

Wong, M. T. O. (2016) Housing the Younger Generation: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Role of Intergenerational Family Support and Dependence on Family Provision. Housing Studies Association Annual Conference 2016, York, United Kingdom, 6-8 April 2016. (Unpublished)

Wong, M. T. O. (2016) Understanding Socially Withdrawn Young People in Scotland and Hong Kong. European Conference on Education Research 2016, Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 Aug 2016.

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Number of items: 24.

Articles

Ikegwuonu, T., Hilton, S. , Smith, K. E., Buckton, C. H. , Wong, M. and Weishaar, H. B. (2021) Understanding commercial actors’ engagement in policy debates on proposed e-cigarette regulation in Scotland. Tobacco Control, (doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056084) (PMID:33771932) (Early Online Publication)

Hilton, S. , Buckton, C. , Smith, K., Weishaar, H., Ikegwuonu, T. and Wong, M. (2021) E-cigarettes and public health: reasons for optimism? Improving Health Blog, 2 Mar.

Wong, M. (2020) Hidden youth? A new perspective on the sociality of young people 'withdrawn' in the bedroom in a digital age. New Media and Society, 22(7), pp. 1227-1244. (doi: 10.1177/1461444820912530)

Davis, J. L. et al. (2020) A crowdsourced sociology of COVID-19. Contexts, 27 Apr.

Wong, M. and Leng, R. (2019) On the design of linked datasets mapping networks of collaboration in the genomic sequencing of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Homo sapiens, and Sus scrofa. F1000Research, 8, 1200. (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.18656.1)

Szymanski, E., Vermeulen, N. and Wong, M. (2019) Yeast: one cell, one reference sequence, many genomes? New Genetics and Society, 38(4), pp. 430-450. (doi: 10.1080/14636778.2019.1677150)

Wong, M. T. O. (2019) Intergenerational family support for ‘Generation Rent’: the family home for socially disengaged young people. Housing Studies, 34(1), pp. 1-23. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1364713)

Conference or Workshop Item

Wong, M. , Leider, K. and Keene, S. (2020) The Future of Online Teaching in the Digital Age. U21 Online Teaching Pathways Conference for Early-Career Criminologists and Sociologists, University of Hong Kong and University of Glasgow, 7-8 Oct 2020. (Unpublished)

Wong, M. (2019) Intergenerational Family Support for Marginalised Young People: The Role of Family Home for "Generation Rent" in Scotland. Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning Research Seminar, Hong Kong, 01 Apr 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Hidden Youth?: The Sociality of Young People "Withdrawn" in the Bedroom in a Digital Age. Cambridge Technology & New Media Research Cluster Series, Cambridge, UK, 04 Mar 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) “Hidden Youth”: The Importance of Online Networks and Technology (Inside the Bedroom) for Marginalised Young People in Hong Kong. Scottish Centre for China Research, Glasgow, UK, 21 Feb 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Socially ‘Withdrawn’? Examining the Sociality of Young People ‘Hidden’ in the Bedroom in the Digital Age. Understanding the Social in a Digital Age Conference, Norwich, UK, 08 Jan 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Precarity, Insecurity, and Marginalised Young People in the Future World of Work. HKU-Work Employment Society Journal Conference, Hong Kong, 10 Sep 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) The Role of The Family Home and Digital Interactions in The Bedroom for “Hidden Youth". Journal of Youth Studies Conference: Youth Studies and the Challenges of Late Capitalism in a Globalised World, Newcastle, Australia, 02-04 Dec 2019.

Wong, M. (2019) Twitter Data in Social Sciences: A Critical Discussion of Applying Data Science and Social Network Analysis to Understand Online Social Networks. Urban Big Data Centre Workshop, Glasgow, UK, 18 Sep 2019.

Wong, M. and Leng, R. (2018) Mapping Institutional Collaboration in Genomics: Data Linkage and Social Network Analysis. European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference, London, UK, 17 Sep 2018.

Wong, M. and Meeks, K. (2018) Inequalities, Gender and Online/Offline Networks. Researching Youth and Inequality in the Digital Age Mini-Symposium, Glasgow, UK, 27 Jul 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Using Apps and Gamification to Enhance Student Learning, Feedback, and Engagement. 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 28-29 Mar 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Using Data Science and Social Network Analysis on Twitter Data. Political Studies Association 68th Annual International Conference, Cardiff, UK, 26-28 March 2018.

Wong, M. (2018) Intergenerational Family Support for Marginalised Young People: Family Home and Negotiations for Generation Rent. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, Glasgow, UK, 05 Dec 2018.

Wong, M. T. O. (2017) Mapping Institutional Networks in Human and Animal Genomics: A Bibliometric and ‘Big Data’ Study. 2017 International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, 16-21 July 2017. pp. 362-364.

Wong, M. T. O. (2017) Understanding Social Disengagement in the Digital Age: ‘Hidden Youth’ in Hong Kong and Scotland. Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity Conference, Edinburgh, 21 April 2017.

Wong, M. T. O. (2016) Housing the Younger Generation: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Role of Intergenerational Family Support and Dependence on Family Provision. Housing Studies Association Annual Conference 2016, York, United Kingdom, 6-8 April 2016. (Unpublished)

Wong, M. T. O. (2016) Understanding Socially Withdrawn Young People in Scotland and Hong Kong. European Conference on Education Research 2016, Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 Aug 2016.

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Grants

  • EPSRC Standard Grant, Multilayer Algorithmics to Leverage Graph Structure (MultilayerALGS), Co-Investigator, with Meeks K. (co-PI), Enright J. (co-PI), Lee D. and Guo H. (£766,000) https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/T004878/1
  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (User Engagement) Grant, “What Data Means to You”: a short film project on public imaginings and lived realities of data futures, Principal Investigator, with Inge Sorensen (Co-I) and Bishakha Chaudhury (project support), with a range of public and voluntary sector partners (£5,000)
  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Grant, Social and Digital Change Group, Knowledge Exchange Associate Stream - to promote industry engagment and knowledge exchange in the Social and Digital Change Group
  • ESRC supervisor-led studentship competition (with Prof. Sharon Wright), for a doctoral project on "Young people's lived experiences of welfare conditionality over time"
  • UofG Learning and Teaching Development Fund 2020 x 2 (£3,000 for each project, on technology and gamification (lead applicant) and feedback and assessment literacy, with Dr Craig Gurney, Prof Susan Deeley, Prof Rebecca Madgin, Dr Alasdair Stewart)
  • UofG Urban Studies Research Incentivisation Funds 2020-21 (£1470); 18-19 (£780); 17-18 (organised the "Researching Youth and Inequalities in the Digital Age" Workshop Series, and organised a mini-symposium including academics and youth practitioners/third sector organisations, £1700)
  • UofG College Dean of Learning and Teaching Fund, Improving Feedback in Active Learning Using a Web App "UniCom", College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow

Supervision

Dissertation Supervision

PGT in Urban Studies (including Public Policy, Housing Studies, and Real Estate and Regeneration); UG Social and Public Policy

PhD/PGR Supervision

Topics interested to supervise include:

  • Young people and online social networks
  • Digital society, social networks, and social connections in the "digital age"
  • Impact of technology, data, and algorithms on society and inequalities
    • Limitations and bias of technology, e.g. racial, gender, and class biases
    • Relationship between technology and social inclusion, equality and wellbeing
    • Innovation, data, and AI for "social good"
  • Social data science, "big data" analytics, and automation (particularly in R)
  • Social Network Analysis and network visualisation
  • Youth policies, welfare, wellbeing (particularly in Hong Kong and UK/Scotland)

PGR students currently supervising: 

  • Rochow, Thomas
    Young people's lived experiences of welfare conditionality

Teaching

Awards

Teaching Excellence Award 2020, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Semester 1

  • Youth, Policy and Welfare: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Designed by Mark Wong, Co-Convening with Kezia Dugdale, Director of John Smith Centre, 2020-21)
  • UG Quantitative Research Methods (Course Convenor)

Semester 2

  • Big Data, Policy, and Power (New Course Designed by Mark Wong, available from 2020-21)
  • Social and Public Policy 2B: Policy, Politics and Power (Course Convenor 18-19, Lectures on youth)

Learning and Teaching Innovation

Mark served as the Academic Lead for a project in the College of Social Sciences Learning and Teaching Framework 2020-25, in "Transforming Assessment and Feedback". The project, funded by the College Dean of Leaning and Teaching Fund, served as an exemplary case of using technology to transform assessment and feedback practices in CoSS. He led the co-design of a new app, UniCom, to improve timeliness of feedback in active learning. 

In 2019-21, Mark co-led a scholarship project to pilot and evaluate uses of online assessment and feedback for the School of Social and Political Sciences (with Prof Susan Deeley and Dr Zsuzsanna Varga).

Mark was appointed to the University Learning and Teaching Committee's working group, Re-imagining Learning Encounters, and contributed to addressing challenges in learning and teaching in University of Glasgow during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the College representatives. 

Research datasets

Jump to: 2018
Number of items: 1.

2018

Wong, M. T. O. , Leng, R., Viry, G., Liscovsky Barrera, R. and Garcia-Sancho, M. (2018) Human, yeast and pig genomics: sequence submissions and first sequence descriptions in the literature (1980-2015). [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Other Awards

Best Paper Award, Housing Studies Association/Chartered Institute of Housing, Housing Studies Association Conference 2017 

Sue Grant Service Award, University of Edinburgh (2012)

Kiwanis International Service Award (2003)