Information Studies


Vassilis Routsis

I am the Senior Research Fellow for the UK Data Service at the UCL Department of Information Studies where I am also a sessional lecturer. My work there is mainly focused on interaction data -flows of people between places, and I am responsible for providing access and support to these data. I maintain and upgrade the functionality of flow-data related software such as the WICID tool. I have worked closely with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the dissemination of the 2011 UK Census flow data. 

I also work on interactive mapping and data visualisation in an academic setting. I am the Co-Principal Investigator and developer of the Mapping the Enlightenment project, funded by the Research Centre for the Humanities in Athens, Greece.

As much as data analysis, processing and visualisations fascinate me, I believe the ethical issues arising from the uncritical applications of data science in various domains of society should not be treated lightly. My main research interests lie on the cultural and socio-political effects of technology, largely but not limited to the area of privacy, as well as the utilisation of interdisciplinary methods as an approach to humanities and social sciences research.

During the last years, I have been a reviewer and program committee member to prestigious conferences, journals and projects such as the Digital Humanities Conference, the Association for Computers and the Humanities Conference, the iConference, the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts London, the New Media, Audiences and Affective Experience, the Participations Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, and others.

My PhD was a mixed methods study on how informational privacy ethics and norms as well as self-disclosure behaviour have evolved throughout online history, especially since the emergence of social media. I hold a BA in Sociology from the University of Crete in Greece and an MSc in Social and Political Theory from Panteion University of Athens, Greece.

Apart from my background in the social sciences, I am proficient in programming with a variety of languages including but not limited to PHP, JavaScript, Java, Python, C#, R, and SQL. My interests also include applied machine learning, data analytics, and artificial intelligence applications to facilitate social sciences research.

I currently teach on modules and courses involving server and client side programming, visualisation, and applied machine learning.

In addition to my other post, I work at the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) as a software and web engineer responsible for the Self-Access Centre website, the internal network and software maintenance and upgrade, as well as the design of enhanced online interfaces and tools to assist students and the work of teachers and administrative staff.

An overview of my publications and conferences that I have presented at are listed on my UCL IRIS page.

Please feel free to contact me at v.routsis [at] ucl.ac.uk