About the Living With Data website


Living With Data is a group of research projects which aim to understand the new role of data in society, in times of ‘datafication’, a term to describe the way in which many aspects of social life are increasingly transformed into quantitative data. Advocates of datafication argue that data-driven change results in a wide range of benefits. Critics are concerned about the harms and risks that result from widespread datafication. But what do citizens and members of the public think? How does datafication affect them? What do they know about it, how do they perceive and experience it, how do they feel about it? The projects described on this website are all concerned about living with data – that is, how datafication is affecting the lives of ordinary people.

Our current research, Living With Data: understanding people’s knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices, is funded by The Nuffield Foundation and runs from September 2019 to March 2022. Previous research has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, BBC R&D and the Norwegian Research Council.