Evelyn Ruppert is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and co-convened a research theme called The Social Life of Methods. She is PI of ARITHMUS and of a recently completed ESRC funded project, Socialising Big Data (2013-14). She is also Founding and Editor-in-chief of a SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, launched in June 2014.
Baki Cakici is a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests include surveillance, classification, and the politics of information and communication technologies (ICTs). He is specifically interested in the role of algorithms and big data analytics in knowledge production. In his research, he draws on theories from science and technology studies, and surveillance studies.
Francisca Grommé is a postdoctoral researcher in the ARITHMUS team. She works from a background in Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Anthropology. Before coming to Goldsmiths she wrote a dissertation at the University of Amsterdam about experimental projects that introduce new technologies in crime control. She is generally interested in the introduction of technologies for collecting data about citizens and consumers in a variety of governmental practices. Relevant themes in her work are identity, experiment, classification, expertise, knowledge, materiality and practice. She recently published about the experimental introduction of a sensory technology in a policing practice in Science as Culture.
Stephan Scheel is responsible for the case study of Statistics Estonia (SE). Before joining the ARITHMUS project as a post-doctoral researcher, Stephan completed his PhD in Political Science at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). His doctoral thesis investigates how migrants appropriate mobility in the context of biometric border controls in order to demonstrate the persistence of moments of autonomy of migration within technologically ever more sophisticated border regimes. In general, his research interests lie at the intersection of border and migration studies, citizenship studies, critical security studies and science and technology studies. So far, Stephan has published his research in Cultural Studies, Millennium – Journal for International Studies, Postcolonial Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Funda Ustek-Spilda is responsible for the case study of Turkish Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT). Before joining the ARITHMUS team as a post-doctoral researcher, Funda completed her DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford (UK). Her doctoral thesis investigated the everyday survival strategies of low-income, low-educated women workers in the informal sector in Turkey to demonstrate how women workers shifted between invisible and visible strategies of resistance when their work was largely invisible from public gaze. In general, her research interests lie in the “missing persons” in statistics and in general public discourse, including but not limited to ethnic and religious migrants in Europe, informal sector workers and workers with “zero-hour” contracts, women who gave birth out of wedlock in traditional societies. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research, and also conducts discourse analysis of popular media. Her recent publications include an analysis of draft bill for formalisation of domestic work in Turkey, analysis of the meaning of work in the informal sector and discourse analysis of a popular Turkish series on the otherwise “invisible” religious devotees in Turkish popular media.
Ville Takala is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His doctoral thesis investigates Big Data developments with a focus on the national statistical institute of Finland, Statistics Finland. Ville’s background is in Urban Sociology, and previous to his current project he has conducted research on the construction and use of commercial geodemographic neighbourhood segmentation software in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. Before Goldsmiths, Ville completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Helsinki and an MSc in Sociology and Computing at the University of York.
David Moats recently completed his PhD at Goldsmiths and is currently a consultant on digital methods and visualisations for the ARITHMIUS project. His work concerns the application of Big Data and Digital Methods methods informed by recent work from STS and Media Studies. In his PhD dissertation he developed new techniques, tactics and data visualisations for studying science controversies on various online platforms (Wikipeida, Facebook and Twitter). These techniques are more exploratory and interpretive and question the way in which their data is gathered and formatted and are thus more compatible with qualitative work. David recently took up a postdoc at Linkoping University, Sweden with Steve Woolgar where he is working to extend these insights and methods to other types of data: qualitative fieldnotes and interviews, big health data, open and administrative data and economic data.
Danah Abdulla designed the ARITHMUS website. She is a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures course at the London College of Communication. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, and she is also the Founder, Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine. Her research examines the possibility of a locally-centric design education curricula in Amman, Jordan. www.dabdulla.com
Myriam Lavoie-Moore is a doctoral student in Communication at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is a member of the Research Group on daily information and surveillance at UQAM. She is interested in the forms and the processes of power and representation that underlies technologies of data accumulation and biometric technologies. She visited the ARITHMUS project for a few months during summer 2016.
Marja Alastalo is a university lecturer in sociology at the University of Eastern Finland. She has investigated the making of statistical and social scientific numbers (e.g. the population register and population statistics, the child protection register and indicator, the national welfare statistics and survey methods in sociology) and how they simultaneously constitute and are constituted by society. Currently, she runs a Mobile people project which focuses on the making of ‘migrant population’ in Finland. The project has ethnographically followed the register-data making and travels and transformations of the data all the way from the local register offices via the central population register office to the national statistical institute. She will be visiting the ARITHMUS project in September 2016.
Anna-Lena Hoh is a doctoral student at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her PhD project looks at census-taking practices in the Western Balkans in the light of EU enlargement. She is interested in the political aspects surrounding population data and the paradox surrounding the collection of data on identity markers, such as ethnicity, language and religion. She will be visiting the ARITHMUS project in November 2016.