Hello. My name is Yuwei Lin.
I’m currently observing the shifting cultures in today’s data-centric society. Before undertaking my current adventure, I was Senior Lecturer in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. Prior to taking up my post at Stirling University, I was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Communications, BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing, and MA Media Communications at the University for the Creative Arts, having previously worked at the University of Salford, the University of Manchester, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
My main research interests centre on the intersectionality of societies and information and communication technologies (ICT), specifically socio-technical dynamics within open innovation systems, best exemplified by Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Content, Open Access movements. I have investigated gender issues, situated practice and appropriation / domestification of technologies, digital cultures, social interactions and knowledge sharing activities in virtual communities. My research therefore fits into various inter-disciplinary areas, including sociology (of science and technology, of culture, of knowledge and innovation), information systems (Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), usability and accessibility studies), gender studies, digital cultural studies and critical management studies.
I am interested in using innovative and mixed methods for answering sociological inquiry. As a result, my research also seeks to contribute to the genre of digital methodology by which researchers use new ICTs as a medium for social research itself, and for exploiting new kinds of data. But instead of being dominated by algorithms and computational tools, I am increasingly interested in performative, art-based methodologies for collecting data with multi-modality through multi-sensory activities.
As part of this, I am developing new methodologies for public engagement and open access of archives. For example, in the Edible Archives project, food is treated as a vehicle for making archives more approachable and relevant to ordinary people.
I am deeply passionate about research-driven and/or research-informed teaching, and have been experimenting novel pedagogical methods, such as studio-based learning, archive-based teaching.
In my spare time, I advocate Free/Libre Open Source Software and Hardware and digital human rights. My involvement in these projects has also motivated me to develop thoughts about action research.
This blog documents my thoughts on and experiences of teaching, learning and research in Arts and Humanities in the UK Higher Education.