DSC00941Evelyn Ruppert is a Professor 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) at The Open University and University of Manchester and co-convened a research theme called The Social Life of Methods. She studies how digital technologies and the data they generate can powerfully shape and have consequences for how people are known and governed and how they understand themselves as political subjects, that is, citizens with rights to data. She was PI of ARITHMUS (2014-20). She is also Founding and Editor-in-Chief of  Big Data & Society.

Baki-picBaki Cakici is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, DK and part of the Technologies in Practice research group. His research interests include surveillance, classification, politics of numbers, and the history of computing. In his research, he draws on theories from the field of science and technology studies. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the ARITHMUS project (2014-17).



francisca_gromme-greyFrancisca Grommé is Assistant Professor at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL.  She works from a background in Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Anthropology. She completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam about experimental projects that introduce new technologies in crime control. She is interested in technologies for collecting data about citizens and consumers through government practices and themes of identity, experiment, classification, expertise, knowledge, materiality and practice. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher on ARITHMUS (2014-19).

stephan_scheel-greyStephan Scheel is Assistant Professor for Transnational Cooperation and Migration Research at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Duisburg, DE. Stephan completed his PhD in Political Science at the Open University (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. He  worked as a postdoctoral researcher on ARITHMUS (2014-18).

funda_ustek-greyFunda Ustek-Spilda is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager on the Fairwork project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK. Funda completed her PhD 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. Funda worked as a postdoctoral researcher on  ARITHMUS (2014-2018).

Villa-picVille Takala is Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), UK.  He was an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a doctoral researcher with ARITHMUS (2014-19). His doctoral thesis investigated Big Data developments with a focus on the national statistical institute of Finland, Statistics Finland.  



DMoats 1David Moats completed his PhD at Goldsmiths and was a consultant on digital methods and visualisations for the ARITHMIUS project (2015-18). 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). David is currently Assistant Professor at Linkoping University, SE. 




Danah AbdullaDanah Abdulla designed the ARITHMUS website. She is a designer, educator and researcher based in London, UK. She obtained her PhD in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018. 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.


MyriamMyriam Lavoie-Moore completed her PhD in Communication at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is interested in the forms and the processes of power and representation that underlies technologies of data accumulation and biometric technologies. During her PhD research, she visited the ARITHMUS project for a few months during summer 2016 .



Alastalo Marja 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. She visited the ARITHMUS project in September 2016.


anna-lena-hohAnna-Lena Hoh was a doctoral student at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She was awarded her PhD in 2018; her project looked 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. During her PhD research she visited the ARITHMUS project in November 2016.