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Society & policy Digital policy & practice

Digital technologies are redefining how we live, work, learn and interact.  At Strathclyde, we bring a range of interdisciplinary expertise to help understand the new environments and practices of the ‘digital world’. Our expertise covers the growing and emergent impact(s) of digital technologies on society, individuals and services.

This sub-theme aims to explore, critically reflect and undertake digital innovations with societal, cultural and economic impacts. In this we take an interdisciplinary perspective – as reflected in our membership - to tackle issues linked to the day-to-day practices of a wide range of professionals, policy makers and citizens. 

Our expertise covers;

  • Data regulation
  • Online privacy and surveillance
  • Digital citizenship and participation
  • Digital methods and ethics
  • Digital rights
  • Digital skills
  • Digital cultures and practices 

Strathclyde has expertise on a wide range of “digital” areas.

  • In the School of Education, Dr Cristina Costa has a research record that links social theory to emerging academic areas, such as Technology Enhanced Learning, in an attempt to bridge existing gap between theory and practice. This has resulted in researching areas as diverse as Curriculum Innovation, Digital Scholarship, Literacies and e-Health. 
  • In the Business School and in Engineering, we have expertise on Blockchain and FinTech. Daniel Broby is a leading academic in this field.  His research interests in that respect focus on crypto-currencies, market operational efficiency and the timestamping of blockchain financial instructions.
  • In Government and Public Policy, there is a research programme on Public opinion and political behaviour. Staff are currently engaged in three major Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded projects: public attitudes on Scotland's independence referendum and broader British and Scottish social attitudes; the impact of social media on attitudes towards Scottish independence; and as part of a broader project on corruption, we're examining how this affects political participation, trust and popular support for government
  • In Journalism, Dr Petya Eckler’s primary area of research is health communication through social media. She has also examined health-related peer-to-peer communication and how it influences health and outcomes, and how hospitals in the United States use social media to communicate with their patients.

We support the understanding of digital policies and practices through national and international projects and partnerships. And we are committed to openness, through open resources, such as blogposts, case studies, policy briefs and reports, conference papers and, when possible, journal articles. 

Digital policy & practice co-ordinators