Theory: call for funded projects (application deadline 30th April 2021, 23.59 hours)

This call is now open. If you would like to talk through your research ideas, please contact Matthew Chalmers and/or Alan Munro, at U. Glasgow. 

In this theme, we aim to strengthen and advance the Human Data Interaction conceptual framework, and to better understand what recommendations for research and policy should be made on the basis of HDI and this network’s projects. (For more on the early work on the conceptual framework of HDI, designed primarily to guide the practices of those developing data-intensive systems, and set out around 2013 in papers by Mortier and others, see here as well as a February 2020 survey paper by Victorelli et al.)

We therefore constrain applications to those with a central focus on the HDI framework’s development, and its application in our network. This means that studies centred on other frameworks, or on the more general study of data’s (ab)use, are out of scope. We propose three potential areas for a project in this theme to work in: 

  1. Critique and/or extension of HDI as a conceptual framework, from the standpoint of disciplines other than computer science, e.g. sociology, law, or philosophy. 
  2. Going back to the origins and originators of HDI within computer science, and reassessing what was then seen as good/bad in HDI. Also, what were the contexts and contingencies that led to HDI being as it is?
  3. An overview of our network’s projects, and their practices, as a basis for understanding HDI’s use, and what lessons can be drawn from that use.

Some of our existing projects have already pushed at the edges of the HDI framework, and this may afford work in this theme. One example direction is: extension beyond people individually being cognisant of and actively responding to the use of data about them, for example children (as in Rights of Childhood: Affective Computing and Data Protection project of McStay and Rosner), and animals (as in the pending More Than Human: Data Interactions in the Smart City project of Heitlinger, in the Beyond Smart Cities theme). A second example is: adding resistance to the three existing system design tenets—legibility, agency and negotiability—as in the Resistance theme.

The funding: We aim to fund around 5 projects—very roughly: 1 at 50k, 1 at 10k, and 3 at 2.5k—though this will be determined by the quality and scale of the proposals. A guide for applying for and running projects is available here. Please note that all projects in this theme must end before 1st January 2022.