Science of Church

I am currently setting up "Science of Church", an interdisciplinary university-community collaboration looking at how these important buildings work and how best to ensure they are comfortable and available for their local communities in a changing future. For more information, click the button.

Senior Research Fellow with interests in:

I am sometimes mistaken for Joan Carletta - if you're interested in VLSI or fast signal processing, try her. If you're looking for my open source software or open content data sets, try the software and data page.

My research is about how groups communicate, the impact on their effectiveness, and the role technology might play to help them function better. The most gentle introduction to my work in these areas is in my paper for the Japanese Cognitive Science Society. I use a wide range of research methods and am interested in both straight research and applied work, for instance, studying health care team effectiveness or designing and testing technology prototypes. One characteristic of my work is a high level of interdisciplinarity; my role in projects almost always includes helping participants drawn from across different types of organizations and from differing academic disciplines set and achieve mutual goals. Another is pioneering methods that require new kinds of data capture and analytical tools. A third characteristic is support for research and education in the form of the open source software and open content data I have designed and, with others, produced. I am on the editorial board of Language Resources and Evaluation, and review for a wide range of conferences and journals in computational linguistics, speech, corpus linguistics, and psychology, with more modest contribution to other disciplines where methodological issues are at issue, such as medical statistics.

I currently work part-time within InEvent, a European project that is designing new ways of browsing and searching archives of recorded meetings and lectures, so that I can focus on understanding a new but related area: why as a society, we are failing to reduce our energy use, and what role communication and technology could play in helping grassroots groups accelerate change. As well as acquiring a basic grounding in the field, my approach has included informal observation of many different small charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organizations, as well as intervention in their decision-making and trialling both their techniques for engaging energy users and some of my own. I am particularly interested in the problems that groups of volunteers face in managing complex premises, such as churches, where energy use can easily escalate accidentally, in how good practice spreads across social networks, and in the affordances of mobile devices not just to improve communication but also for energy monitoring and control.

For January-June 2014, I have also been awarded a Beltane Fellowship. My public engagement goal is to put together academics, the church community, green activists, and the people who use church buildings and halls so that we can begin to understand how to make our community spaces comfortable and affordable to use.


Last modified: Tue Mar 25 16:08:53 GMT 2014