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University of Salford
School of Arts and Media

 Contact details
Contact personDr. Yuwei Lin
StreetMediaCityUK, University of Salford 
Address M50 2HE - Salford (United Kingdom) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)250+ 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Cultural studies
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Sociology
» Journalism, mass media and communication

 Brief description of your activity focus
science and technology studies (STS), socio-technical dynamics in information systems, gender and ICT, free/libre open source software (FLOSS),

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
- Lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Supervising students projects at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels,
- undertaking mixed-methods, evidence-based research
- research interests: science and technology studies (STS), socio-technical dynamics in information
systems, gender and ICT, free/libre open source
software (FLOSS), digital cultures, hacker and hacking, open data, user-generated content,
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme

Creation and Evaluation of An Archive of Computer and Video Games for Learning and Teaching Purposes – September 2012-13, funded by the Higher Education Academy under the scheme “Teaching Development Grants”

The Social life of Open Data. September 2010-12, funded by Salford University VCs Early Career Fellowship.


Realising Locative Media – Maxamundo (funded by Salford University College of Arts and Social Sciences Research and Innovation Fund)


Innovation in Digital Media Content Creation and Consumption – A Casey Study on BBC Backstage. 1 February – 31 July 2010. Supported by University of Salford, AM&SS Research and Innovation Strategic Fund 2009/10 (£6,972.60 + in-kind contribution from BBC R&D North).


Understanding the Use of Web 2.0 Resources for Scholarly Communications, funded by RIN.

Using Text Mining for Frame Analysis of Media Content, funded by JISC e-Research Theme e-Infrastructure Programme, in collaboration with National Text Mining Centre (NaCTeM) and ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC).




Social and Ethical Issues in Developing and Implementing e-Research and e-Health Technologies, an international collaboration with Prof. Pau-Choo Chung, (Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University), funded by the British Academy and the Taiwan National Science Council.


A core member of the EPSRC and AHRB jointly funded project “Technology and Social Action: A Designing for the 21st Century” research cluster, whose aim is to foster active dialogue and collaboration among innovative ICT designers and socila movement activists.

A PRIME-funded researcher. Prof. Andrew Webster and I have been awarded 10,000 EURO grant from the PRIME project to conduct FLOSS-related research. Through this grant, we have established cooperation with Prof. Andrea Bonaccorsi and Dr. Cristina Rossi to investigate the interactions and relationships between firms and the community in the FLOSS social world. There are three main research questions we try to answer in this project: 1) Firms business models: why hybrid business models can succeed? 2) Firms incentives: why do firms entre the open source field? 3) Firms participation in FLOSS projects: why do firms contribute to the private provision of collective goods?

METIS project
As a member of the METIS project funded by the Telematica Instituut, our research aims to understand the socio-technical dynamics in the knowledge-sharing process in on-line communities based at the corporate environment. I also coordinate a special interested group Knowledge and Communities at the VE-Forum as a related playground for our research.

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