Information Studies


Pete Williams

Pete Williams
Pete is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, based in the Department of Information Studies at University College London. For 12 years 2007-2019 (and at various times beforehand) he examined the use of information technology by people with learning disabilities. His most recent study was a three year full-time Post-doctoral Fellowship from the British Academy, entitled ‘Digital Lives’, investigating the role and impact of mobile digital technology (smartphones/tablets, along with their constituent apps, social media etc.) in their lives. Prior to the Fellowship, his research included ‘Optimising website design for people with learning disabilities’ (ESRC-funded); ‘Using QR codes to aid museum accessibility (UCL/Reading University) earlier, work jointly with The University of East London’s Rix Centre: Beyond the Road Ahead: Accessible information for people with learning disabilities (SCIE) and Project @pple: Developing a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for adolescents with learning disabilities (ESRC)

In addition to his learning disabilities work, Pete has investigated the use of the Internet and other ICT applications in the fields of education, health, scholarly communication/research, and the news media. He recently (2020-2021) worked on the major MIRRA+: Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access project, developing a 'participatory' record-keeping system for use in child social care that can be easily accessed and used by those in care and by care-leavers. 

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