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Social Sciences

Exploring how people use computing in their daily lives

We look at the intersection of the social sciences and technologies in both directions: to understand the underlying social dynamics driving technology usage and online communities, and to exploit technology to inform and extend social-science research.

We engage in research spanning the social sciences: anthropology, communication, media studies, ethnography, psychology, sociology, economics, and other fields of study.


r.harper, David Randall, and Wes Sharrock, Choice: the sciences of reason in the 21st century: a critical assessment, Polity Press, 3 December 2015.

Yanjie Fu, Yong Ge, Yu Zheng, Yao, Yanchi Liu, Hui Xiong, and Nicholas Jing Yuan, Sparse Real Estate Ranking with Online User Reviews and Offline Moving Behaviors, in ICDM 2014, IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, December 2015.

r.harper, Siân Lindley, Richard Banks, Phil Gosset, and gavin smyth, Breaching the PC Data Store: What do graphs tell us about files?, Springer, December 2015.

Richard Harper, Why Skype? Explorations in the Grammar of ‘Being in touch’, Oxford University Press, August 2015.

Jelte Mense, Paul I. Palmer, and Matthew J. Smith, A general riot model applied to the London Riots, Springer, 9 June 2015.

Helen J. Wang, Alexander Moshchuk, Michael Gamon, Mona Haraty, Shamsi Iqbal, Eli T. Brown, Ashish Kapoor, Chris Meek, Eric Chen, Yuan Tian, Jaime Teevan, Mary Czerwinski, and Susan Dumais, The Activity Platform, no. MSR-TR-2015-38, 8 May 2015.

Sean Rintel, Richard Harper, Rod Watson, and Kenton O'Hara, ‘Me For You’: Lessons About Everyday Video Messaging From Skype Qik, ACM CHI2015 Workshop - Everyday Telepresence: Emerging Practices and Future Research Directions, 19 April 2015.

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