Information Studies


Vassilis Routsis

I am the Research Associate for the UK Data Service at the UCL Department of Information Studies. My work is 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-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.

I am completing my PhD part-time at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. In my thesis, I explore how informational privacy ethics and 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 MA 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.

In addition to my other post, I work at the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) as a software designer and developer responsible for the Self-Access Centre 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.

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