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Rob Procter



Professor of Social Informatics and Deputy Head (Research), Department of Computer Science

Director, Human-Centred Computing Division

Alan Turing Institute Faculty Fellow
Exchange Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
Visiting Professor, School of Informatics, Edinburgh University
Visiting Professor, UCL Interaction Centre

Room 207

Department of Computer Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 3783


Social informatics; data science methodologies and applications; health informatics; computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW); participatory design; co-production e-Science; science and technology studies (STS); ethnography.


Social informatics is the study of factors that shape ICT adoption and use. A major part of my work in the past 10 years has focused on innovations in computational research infrastructure, tools and methods. Recently, I have been applying these innovations in the large-scale study of uses of social media. I led a multidisciplinary team to work with the Guardian/LSE on the Reading the Riots project, analysing tweets sent during the August 2011 riots. This work is continuing with JISC, ESRC and EU Framework 7 support.


I am collaborating Dr Alex Voss of St Andrews University and Wire Free Productions, an independent media company, on the BBC Radio 5 Live Hit List, a weekly show covering the top 40 stories in social media.

As a member of CUSP, I am interested in the study of the impact of 'big data' on strategic and operational decision-making, including the use of social media by emergency services and the emergent role of social media in civil society and the everyday life of communities.

I am editor of the Health Informatics Journal, a member of the editorial boards of the Enterprise Information Management Journal and the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies and a member of the advisory board of the new journal Big Data & Society published by Sage. I have previously been on the editorial boards of Interacting with Computers and the International Journal of IT Standards and Standardisation Research. I was a co-editor of special issues of the Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work on Collaboration and e-Research (2006), CSCW and Dependable Healthcare (2006) and the Social Science Computing Review Journal on e-Social Science (2009).


Human-Centred Computing Division

Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities

Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies