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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.

In the past years, she has concentrated on critical data studies, observing the big data, open data phenomenon and related issues such as privacy and surveillance.

Additionally, she continues to develop her research avenue into socio-technical practices around hacking and co-production, and 'prosumption'. Queering hacker studies is one of tasks on the agenda.   

Yuwei is experienced in conducting digital ethnography, social media content analysis. She is also exploring how performance-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

University of York

Oct 2000Jul 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

National Taiwan University

Sep 1995Jun 1999

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999


  • 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