About DOS


The Digital Organisation and Society (DOS) Research Centre is an interdisciplinary group of researchers whose work focuses on developing a critical understanding of the implications of digital technologies for work, organisations and society.  Through our individual and collective research, we seek to provide insights into the complex relationship between human practices and digital artefacts, and to generate responsible impact through influencing the development of organisational, Governmental and global policies around the use of digital technologies. The Centre is hosted by the School of Management, Royal Holloway but includes members from other Schools across the College who are conducting innovative and impactful research on this topic.

DOS regularly organises seminars, workshops and mini-conferences.  These are open to all members or associate members of the Centre.  Other interested parties can attend on application to one of the Co-Directors found under ‘Key contacts’.

Please click here for more detailed information on individual and collective research projects and publications.

Research Clusters

Researchers in the DOS area have a wide range of interests in relation to Digital Organisation and Society, however, these are organised into three broad clusters.

Digital technology, organisation and work


Digital economy and innovation


Digital inequality, ethics and cyberactivism


Digital technology, organization and work

Cluster leads: Professor Niki Panteli and Dr Yu Zheng

  • digital communications and connectivity at work;
  • new meanings, forms and places of work and collaboration;
  • virtual communities and virtual organisation;
  • artificial intelligence and algorithmic work;
  • digital labour in a platform economy.

Digital economy and innovation

Cluster leads: Dr Tom Wainwright and Dr. Philip Wu

  • digital public services (e.g. e-government, e-health, e-learning);
  • business and social values of digital platforms;
  • open innovation and development (e.g. open data, open science, open education etc.);
  • big data and business intelligence;
  • digital innovation for a sustainable economy.

Digital inequality, ethics and cyberactivism

Cluster leads: Dr Vera Hoelscher and Dr Yingqin Zheng

  • technocapitalism and neoliberalism in a digital age;
  • gender and digital technologies;
  • online social movements;
  • digital ethics (e.g. privacy, surveillance, net neutrality);
  • social inclusion/exclusion and inequality in digital societies;
  • ICT for Development.

In addition, the Centre provides a forum to enhance exploration and integration of existing and emerging digital research methods, including: Big Data analysis, on-line (and off-line) data tracking; data analytics and data visualisation; virtual ethnography; on-line participatory research, including crowdsourcing approaches and ethical issues in digital research. 


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