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David Moats



David is a postdoctoral researcher at TEMA Technology and Change working under Steve Woolgar. David’s ESRC-funded PhD (2015, Goldsmiths, University of London) was about developing new types of data visualisations for researching public science controversies using online data from platforms like Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter centred around the issue of nuclear power in the UK. David was formerly the co-editor of the CISP blog (http://www.csisponline.net/author/davidjmoats/) (with Noortje Marres and Joe Deville) and one of the coordinators of the NYLON reading group. 


Research Interests

David is interested in the relationship between digital tools and qualitative traditions in the social sciences, online activism, nuclear power and participation in science and methodological questions in Science and Technology Studies (STS) more broadly. 


Digital Methods, Data Visualisations, Big Data, Controversies, Nuclear Power, STS, ANT


Current projects

David’s current research pertains to the role of visual representation in ‘big data’ analytics. He is currently collaborating with data analysts in a variety of fields (market research, census data, smart cities, sports statistics etc) to develop new types of data visualisations with a view to both understanding how practitioners use social data and imagining how data analysis could be approached in a more open, exploratory and interpretive way.

David is also involved in the ARITHMUS project (http://arithmus.eu/), about the role of digital data in the European Census, based at Goldsmiths and the Wellcome Trust funded project Insuring Healthcare in a Digital World (http://www.payingforhealth.com/), based at the Open University.


David Moats


Telephone: 013-282691
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail:  david.moats@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

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Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

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