‘If we can capture and analyse new social media and the data it generates in more rigorous and innovative ways, we will be in a better place to understand and overcome threats to social resilience’
Robin Williams is Professor of Social Research on Technology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (formerly the Research Centre for Social Sciences) at the University of Edinburgh.
His interdisciplinary research into ‘the social shaping of technology’ over 30 years has focused upon the development, implementation and use of a range of information technology systems and infrastructures in industry, health services and everyday life. Recent work highlights the use of new forms of social media data in community engagement and resilience.
He has been Investigator on over 50 externally funded research projects, often conducted in close collaboration with technical specialists and practitioners.