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This section of the website houses resources relating to researching living with data – that is, how datafication is affecting the lives of ordinary people. For now, the section includes the outputs of two major pieces of work.

Living With Data literature review

Living With Data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices carried out an extensive review of existing empirical research into public understanding and perceptions of data practices which was published on 21 May 2020. The full report, a short accessible summary, and accompanying list of references are all available from this page in the Current Research section of this site.

Resources for doing qualitative research which addresses inequalities in times of social distancing

Many of us are currently facing challenges as we seek to carry out qualitative research which addresses inequalities under socially distanced conditions. Lots of people are thinking creatively about how to overcome these challenges, and we’re aware of a number of events, webinars and discussions on this topic that have taken place.

Working with colleagues from the Digital Society Network at the University of Sheffield, in the summer of 2020, we sought to gather together resources on this topic (including recordings of webinars, if available). Our aim was to include general resources about doing qualitative research in socially distant times, but we are especially interested in resources relating to inequalities research, covering, for example, researching with marginalised, minoritised or hard-to-reach groups and communities, or facilitating qualitative research with diverse groups (including diversity in groups).

We welcome further information about resources.