About Me

Hello. My name is Yuwei Lin.

I’m currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Technologies at the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton.

Prior to 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, 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, Lecturer in Future Media at the University of Salford, Research Associate at the National Centre for e-Social Sciences at the University of Manchester, and postdoctoral researcher the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

I am currently observing the shifting cultures in today’s data-centric society.
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.

I was co-Investigator of the UK AHRC-funded project ‘The Secret Life of a Weather Datum, and was an active member of the EU COST ACTION IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies“.

This blog documents my thoughts on and experiences of teaching, learning and research in Arts and Humanities in the UK Higher Education.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Yuwei,

    Dear WSYA Friends,
    the WSYA Board of Directors and we in the WSYA Team welcome your interest in taking part in the
    2012 contest and look forward to you completing your registration.
    Please let us know, how we can best assist you!

    We are all commited to support and promote all those working to get action on the
    Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and would like to invite you to finalize your
    submission to the Youth Award Competition in one of the 6 Categories:

    Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease
    Education for All!
    Power 2 Women!
    Create your Culture!
    Go Green!
    Pursue Truth!

    The chance is still yours! The deadline has been extended until July 31st: http://www.youthaward.org
    The World Summit Youth Award aims to demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding projects having a concrete impact on today´s most pressing challenges. This year´s Winners’ Event will be hosted at the 18th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012) from October 22nd until October 24th in the city of Design, Business and Media – Montréal, Canada.
    The event will offer winners a chance to connect with each other and discuss with renowned experts in the field of ICT for development !
    PLEASE contact our WSYA Office if you need any support, we hope to hear from you soon!

    Kind regards,
    Your WSYA Team

    World Summit Youth Award Office
    ICNM – International Center for New Media
    Moosstrasse 43a |AT – 5020 Salzburg | Europe
    Tel: +43.662.630408|Fax: +43.662.630408-22
    WSYA – World Summit Youth Award http://www.youthaward.org
    EYA – European Youth Award http://www.eu-youthaward.org


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