Information Studies


Vassilis Routsis

I am a PhD student at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, exploring how privacy ethics and self-disclosure practices have evolved throughout online history, especially after the emergence of social media. I hold a BA in Sociology from the University of Crete in Greece and an MA in Social and Political Theory from Panteion University of Athens, Greece.

My main research interests lie on the cultural and socio-political effects of technology, mainly but not limited to the area of privacy, as well as the application of interdisciplinary methods as an approach in humanities research (Digital Humanities and Digital Sociology). My vision is the use of technology as a tool for human prosperity, critically challenging some of its more obscure aspects.

During the course of my PhD, I have been involved in  activities and initiatives such as the ESRC funded project ‘Comparing the effectiveness of different website designs in facilitating information retrieval for people with learning disabilities’ led by Dr Peter Williams, where I worked as the leading web developer, and the AHRC skills development project ‘New Media, Audiences and Affective Experiences’ as a member of the programme committee. In addition, I am a teaching assistant in the UCL MA/MSc in Digital Humanities programme for 'XML' and 'Server Programming and Structured Data' modules.

Apart from my background in social sciences, I’m also proficient in programming with a variety of programming languages including PHP, Java, C#, SQL and others.

I am a research associate for the ESRC Census Support Service, part of the UK Data Service. My work is focused on interaction data-flows of people between places and maintaining the Flow Data Census Support website. I work with Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the dissemination of 2011 Census flow data.

I also work at the UCL Centre for Languages and International Students (CLIE) as a software engineer responsible for the Self Access Centre’s website, the internal network and software maintenance and upgrade, as well as the design of enhanced software tools to facilitate the work of staff, students and teachers.

I would be very happy to get in touch with people sharing similar research interests such as philosophy of technology, privacy, critical theory, computational methods for humanities and sociological research, etc. Please feel free to contact me at v.routsis [at] ucl.ac.uk.