Professor Susan Halford

Professor Susan Halford

Professor Susan Halford
Professor of Sociology

G.01, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 5574

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies


Originally trained as a Geographer, Susan has a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary education and research, for the past decade in particular across the social and computational sciences. She is well-known for her work as an organizational sociologist, in which she has explored the dynamics of organizational change with particular reference to gender identities and power relations, also to ageing and - linking both - to the sociotechnical practices and effects of digital innovation in the workplace. Since 2008 she has played a central role in the development of interdisciplinary ‘Web Science’, as a space where new forms of collaborative knowledge about digital data, methods and architectures may be pioneered. On a broader landscape, her work explores the politics of digital data, artifacts and expertise, with a focus on the place of Sociology in these new knowledge assemblages. She has recently been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council grant to explore if and how semantic linked data might be used for social research.

Susan is President of the British Sociological Association 2018-20.


Latest publications

  1. Staab, S, Halford, S & Hall, W, 2019, ‘Web science in Europe: Beyond boundaries’. Communications of the ACM, vol 62., pp. 74-79
  2. Halford, S, Fuller, A, Lyle, K & Taylor, R, 2019, ‘Organizing health inequalities?: Employee driven innovation and the transformation of care’. Sociological Research Online.
  3. Halford, S, Weal, M, Tinati, R, Pope, C & Carr, L, 2018, ‘Understanding the production and circulation of social media data: toward methodological principles and praxis’. New Media and Society.
  4. Fuller, A, Halford, S, Lyle, K, Taylor, R & Teglborg, A-C, 2018, ‘Innovating for a cause: the work and learning required to create a new approach to healthcare for homeless people’. Journal of Education and Work, vol 31., pp. 1-15
  5. Halford, S & Savage, M, 2017, ‘Speaking sociologically with big data: symphonic social science and the future for big data research’. Sociology, vol 51., pp. 1132-1148
  6. Ogden, J, Halford, S & Carr, L, 2017, ‘Observing web archives: The case for an ethnographic study of web archiving’. in: Proceedings of WebSci’17, Troy, NY, USA., June 25–28, 2017. ACM SIGGRAPH
  7. Halford, S, 2017, ‘The ethical disruptions of social media data: Tales from the field’. in: Kandy Woodfield (eds) Ethics of Internet-mediated Research and Using Social Media for Social Research. Emerald
  8. Pope, C, Turnbull, J, Jones, J, Prichard, J, Rowsell, A & Halford, S, 2017, ‘Has the NHS 111 urgent care telephone service been a success?: Case study and secondary data analysis in England’. BMJ Open, vol 7.
  9. Lotherington, AT, Obstfelder, A & Halford, S, 2017, ‘No place for old women: a critical inquiry into age in later working life’. Ageing and Society., pp. 1-23
  10. Murthy, D, Powell, AB, Tinati, R, Anstead, N, Carr, L, Halford, S & Weal, M, 2016, ‘Bots and political influence: a sociotechnical investigation of social network capital’. International Journal of Communication, vol 10., pp. 4952-4971

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