Editorial Team

BD&S involves a team of international and interdisciplinary scholars who contribute to the promotion, substance and management of the Journal. The Editorial Team consists of the Editor, Managing Editor, Co-editors, Assistant Editors and Editorial Assistant who together oversee all aspects of the Journal’s content, management and operation. Information about each member of the team can be found below. An Advisory Board contributes knowledge, expertise and advice on the direction, development and substance of the Journal and the Editorial Board contributes and referees research articles.

Editor and Founding Editor: Evelyn Ruppert

Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

Evelyn is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studies how digital technologies such as smart phones, social media platforms, as well as myriad government databases generate enormous volumes of data about the movements, preferences, associations, and activities of people. While providing new sources of knowledge about individuals and populations, she investigates how digital technologies and the data they generate can also powerfully shape and have consequences for who we are and how we are known and governed. As such, digital technologies are also changing how we understand ourselves as political subjects, that is, citizens with rights to speech, access, and privacy. How citizens make claims to digital rights through what they say and what they do through digital technologies are key questions that she addresses. Evelyn is Principal Investigator of a five-year European Research Council funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19). Recent books are Being Digital Citizens (2015; co-authored with Engin Isin) and Modes of Knowing (2016; co-edited with John Law).

Managing Editor: Matthew Zook

Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, US

Matt is an economic and information geographer who researches technological change and the associated spatial structures and practices of society and economy. His recent work focuses on the geographical web (the geoweb) and the phenomenon of user-generated data (both volunteered and unknowingly contributed) and seeks to understand where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created.  He examines how code, space and place interact as people increasingly use mobile, digital technologies to navigate through their everyday, lived geographies.  Of special interest is the complex and often duplicitous manner that code and content can congeal and individualize our experiences in the hybrid, digitally augmented places that cities are becoming.  He is the co-founder of the New Mappings Collaboratory, which is dedicated to visualizing newly available Big Data such as geocoded tweets.


Jennifer Gabrys, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK, UK

Jennifer is Principal Investigator on Citizen Sense, a project funded by the European Research Council that engages with inventive approaches to participation, monitoring and environmental data in order to test and query environmental sensing technology. Gabrys’s books include a techno-geographical investigation of environmental sensing, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2016); and a material-political analysis of electronic waste, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Her work can be found at citizensense.net and jennifergabrys.net.

Anatoliy Gruzd, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, CA

Anatoliy is an Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is also the Director of the Social Media Lab. Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of social big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.

Agnieszka Leszczynski, Department of Geography, Western University, Canada

Agnieszka is a critical geographer and trained spatial data scientist whose scholarship integrates social and economic geographies, geographic information science, and science and technology studies. Her research engages the social, economic, and technological shifts associated with the commercialization of digital location (map-based apps, location-based services, sensors, and geocoded content), with current work looking at the value of location in the platform/sharing economy.

Dhiraj Murthy, Department of Journalism and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, US

Dhiraj is a sociologist of new media. His research is primarily focused around social media in diverse contexts – journalism, health, ethnicity/race, and disasters. He has pioneered innovative methods in big data, including qualitative/mixed methods. He has also researched and published extensively on virtual organizations. Dr. Murthy has authored over 40 articles, book chapters, and papers and a book about Twitter, the first on the subject (published by Polity Press, 2013).

Sung-Yueh Perng, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan

Sung-Yueh is an interdisciplinary social scientist drawing upon science and technology studies, human and cultural geographies, mobilities studies, urban studies, and design studies for theoretical inspiration. His research focuses on the incorporation of digital and data-driven innovations into urban everyday life and governance, having conducted case studies in Dublin and Boston and expanding his research on East Asian cities and countries.

Co-Editors - Demos

Richard Rogers, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, NL

Richard is a Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves studying and building info-tools. He studies and makes use of the adjudicative or 'recommender' cultures of the Web that help to determine the reputation of information as well as organizations. The most well-known tool Rogers has developed with his colleagues is the Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph visualizer.

Paolo Ciuccarelli,Northeastern University, College of Art Media and Design, Center for Design Founding Director

Rooted in the sciences of complexity, Paolo’s research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge experiences, tools and methods to support decision making and cognitive processes across multiple domains, from business and management to research and scholarship in the humanities. Formerly Scientific Director of DensityDesign - a research lab he founded at Politecnico di Milano – Design Department - he is now Director of the Northeastern University Center for Design, a hub aimed at fostering interdisciplinary design research.

Editorial Assistant

Age Poom, Department of Geography, University of Tartu, EE; Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, FI

Age is a human geographer and lecturer in environmental management. Her research focuses on the activity space and time use of individuals, the environmental aspects of mobility and consumption, and the environmental exposure people experience in their daily lives. She is conducting her postdoctoral studies in the Digital Geography Lab of the University of Helsinki while originally belonging to the Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu.

Assistant Editors

Mei-chun Lee, Department of Anthropology, University of California-Davis, USA

Meichun is an anthropologist who studies digital activism and network politics. Her research examines how civic hackers articulate and transcode “ideoscapes” such as openness, network, and collaboration across technologies and politics, and what the political implications and social impacts are produced. Seeing hacking as a set of situated knowledge and embodied expertise rather than mere virtual activities, she aims to de-westernize the discourse of technologies and uncover a unique perspective from an Asian context where a global network of hackers is strong and vibrant yet maintains its Asian feature.

Margie Cheesman, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Margie Cheesman is a digital anthropologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her doctoral research examines the use of blockchain technologies in humanitarianism, and involves fieldwork in Jordan’s refugee camps. Margie’s research interests include digital identity, inequality and rights. She has worked for the civil liberties initiative, Open Migration, and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CReSC). She has also conducted research with organisations such as the GSMA Mobile for Development group, InfoMigrants, UN Women and the UN World Food Programme. Margie's editorial work includes Data politics: Worlds, Subjects and Rights (Routledge, 2019) and Data Practices (forthcoming).

Julie (J.D.) Saperstein, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, US

Julie is a geographer at the University of Kentucky whose work borrows from and syncretizes Science and Technology Studies, Digital Geographies, Surveillance Studies and Agro-food Studies. Her doctoral research is focused on the phenomenon of agricultural big data, seeking to understand the place of big data in the lives of farmers and the agro-food sector. Her goal is to explore agricultural big data as a surveillances system, and its implications for privacy, conceptions of Nature and the future of farming.

Advisory Board Founding Co-Editors

Adrian Mackenzie, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Adrian is interested in the lives of data, especially in databases but also in data analysis, machine learning and other forms of 'analytics.' At the moment, he is focusing on data as a way of thinking about 'BioIT convergences' across biological engineering, DNA synthesis and sequencing, clinical and research databases and visualization technologies. He is looking at changes in the work, productivity and situation of life scientists, and on the transformations in technique, knowledge and products associated with bio-IT related developments. The wider stakes here include the nature of promise, design, value, speculation, subjectivity and imagination in knowledge economies.

Irina Shklovski, Digital Media Communication Research Group, IT University of Copenhagen, DK

Irina is social scientist whose work is located at the intersection of Information Sciences, Communication Studies and Human Computer Interaction. Her studies of social network structures and in-situ relational practices expose how local context can shape technology adoption and use, and how global networked information flows can, in turn, become part of the local context. She examines how people adapt and integrate an increasingly broad array of information and communication technologies into their daily lives and under conditions of strain. Her recent collaborations with data scientists in industry and academia explore how we can enrich our quantitative structural analysis of large social network datasets through the addition of qualitative methods.

Judith Simon, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, DE

Judith investigates epistemological and ethical issues arising in the design, development and use of technologies of information, computation and communication. Her approach is inspired by social epistemology, STS, values in design, computer ethics as well as feminist theory. Beyond being interested in the relationship between data epistemologies, data ontologies and data politics,  she is working on (epistemic) trust, reputation, and epistemic responsibilities of different human and non-human agents in entangled socio-technical systems.