Dr Ben Williamson

Chancellors Fellow

Background

I am a Chancellor's Fellow at the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Edinburgh Futures Institute, examining the intersections of digital technologies, science, and data with education policy and governance.

My current research focuses on two key themes. One is the expansion of educational data infrastructures to enable information to be collected from schools and universities, then analysed and circulated to various audiences. The second is the emergence of ‘intimate data’ relating to students’ psychological states, neural activity, and genetic profiles, and the implications for increasingly scientific ways of approaching educational policy and practice. 

I previously published Big Data in Education: The digital future of learning, policy, and practice, maintain the research blog Code Acts in Education, and on Twitter I am @BenPatrickWill.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in the following areas:

Critical social scientific studies of data or metrics in education policy and governance

Education policy studies on digital technologies and/or technology companies

New data-centred sciences in education (e.g. digital psychometrics, biometrics, neuroscience, genetics)

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