Personal profile

Research interests

Yuwei Lin is a sociologist specialised in science and technology studies. Her work endeavours to understand digital co-production cultures, socio-technical dynamics within and across these open, distributed, de-centralised, crowd-sourced, audience-led, user-participatory, community-based innovation systems.

Her recent research interests concentrate on critical data studies, observing the big data, open data, algorithmic cultural phenomenon and related issues such as privacy, surveillance, automated discriminations by artificial intelligence (AI). 

Yuwei is experienced in conducting qualitative research online and offline. She is also exploring and experimenting how performance-led / art-led, sensory / experiential, creative methods can serve the purpose of gather good-quality data that can reflect the sophisticated interactions and relationships in increasingly ubiquitous digital environments.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Sociology, University of York

Oct 2000Jul 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

BA in Economics, National Taiwan University

Sept 1995Jun 1999

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

External positions

External Examiner for the Media department, University of East London

1 Oct 202330 Sept 2027


  • HM Sociology
  • science and technology studies (STS)
  • Free/Open Source Software
  • critical data studies
  • Gender and ICT
  • co-production
  • community-based co-production
  • critical innovation studies
  • data practices
  • privacy
  • surveillance
  • digital media
  • digital society
  • digital cultures
  • AI faireness
  • algorithmic governance
  • human-computer interaction
  • usbaility studies
  • audience studies
  • participatory cultures