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Dr Eleanor Lockley

Research Fellow


Based in the Culture and Creativity Research Institute I have 10+ years of experience in designing and implementing research studies, including conducting user centred studies, usability studies, co-designing evaluation studies for impact, and designing ethical frameworks. I have used a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to conduct interdisciplinary research projects, including commercial consultancy through knowledge exchange and have worked across sociology, media, human-computer interaction, and cultural studies.


My research interests largely focus on digital media and the sociology of communication: the impact of technology and digital media on individuals, and groups; as well as aspects of digital inclusion, and digital and media literacy. I am interested in how technology can contribute towards not only social inclusion but also citizenship, and democracy, and how it can be used for social good and social justice.

I am currently working in an interdisciplinary team at Hallam to establish the digital literacy needs of nurses and allied health professionals in a local NHS integrated care partnership.

I have previously worked on an EU (Horizon 2020) project entitled CultureLabs (2018-2021) which developed a digital platform to support heritage institutions (such as libraries, museums, and theatres) to work with communities from immigrant, refugees, or migrant backgrounds with an aim of sharing cultural heritage and understanding, through co-design.

I was also a co-investigator on a Nuffield funded project entitled 'Me and My Big Data: developing citizens data literacies’ (2019-2021 lead by the University of Liverpool and in association with Glasgow University) which explored the levels of and variations in UK citizens data literacy with an aim of informing UK policy.


Social Sciences and Arts


Journal articles

Spinello, A.O., Giglitto, D., & Lockley, E. (2021). Management of open access research infrastructures in large EU projects: The “CultureLabs” case. CNR-IRCrES Working Paper, 9/2021.

Yates, S., Carmi, E., Lockley, E., Pawluczuk, A., French, T., & Vincent, S. (2020). Who are the limited users of digital systems and media? An examination of UK evidence. First Monday, 25 (7).

Carmi, E., Yates, S.J., Lockley, E., & Pawluczuk, A. (2020). Data citizenship: Rethinking data literacy in the age of disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation. Internet Policy Review, 9 (2).

Ciolfi, L., & Lockley, E. (2018). From Work to Life and back again: Examining the digitally-mediated work/life practices of a group of knowledge workers. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 27 (3-6), 803-839.

Yates, S., & Lockley, E. (2018). Social media and social class. American Behavioral Scientist, 62 (9), 1291-1316.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., & Lockley, E. (2015). Digital media use: differences and inequalities in relation to class and age. Sociological research online, 20 (4), 12.

Bowen, S., Mcseveny, K., Lockley, E., Wolstenholme, D., Cobb, M., & Dearden, A. (2013). How was it for you? Experiences of participatory design in the UK health service. CoDesign, 9 (4), 230-246.

Lockley, E. (2013). Mobile Lives. INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY, 16 (10), 1696-1697.

Green, G., & Lockley, E. (2012). Communication practices of the Karen in Sheffield: Seeking to navigate their three zones of displacement. Asian Journal of Communication, 22 (6), 566-583.

Conference papers

Giglitto, D., Ciolfi, L., Claisse, C., & Lockley, E. (2019). Bridging cultural heritage and communities through digital technologies: Understanding perspectives and challenges. The 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities (C&T 2019), June 3--7, 2019, Vienna, Austria, 81-91.

Ciolfi, L., & Lockley, E. (2019). Exploring flash fiction for the collaborative interpretation of qualitative data. Proceedings of the 17th European conference on computer-supported cooperative work: the international venue on practice-centred computing an the design of cooperation technologies - exploratory papers, reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded.

Ciolfi, L., & Lockley, E. (2018). From Work to Life and back again: Examining the digitally-mediated work/life practices of a group of knowledge workers. ECSCW 2018 - Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., Lockley, E., & Potts, S. (2015). Digital cultural capital. In MeCCSA Annual Conference : Generations, Northumbria University, 7 January 2015 - 9 January 2015.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., Lockley, E., & Potts, S. (2015). Affordances, effectivities and efficacies : theorising digital engagements. In MeCCSA Annual Conference : Generations, Northumbria University, 7 January 2015 - 9 January 2015.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., & Lockley, E. (2014). Digital inclusion and exclusion : engaging communities and local government. In ICA Seattle Preconference: Communication and "The Good Life" : Around the World After Two Decades of the Digital Divide, Seattle, Washington, 22 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.

Green, G., & Lockley, E. (2013). From bullets to blogs : how the Karen of Sheffield had their new ‘weapons’ turned against them. In Intersectional Conflict and Dialogue in Transnational Migrant and Digital Diaspora Networks, Hull, UK, 11 April 2013 - 12 April 2013.

Langley, J., Le Maitre, C., Vernon-Parry, K., Lockley, E., Westerman, J., Smith, J., ... Choppin, S. (2012). Being interdisciplinary..... creating a culture for the academics of tomorrow. In Understanding Interdisciplinarity: theory and practice - An International Conference, Sheffield, 12 June 2012 - 14 June 2012.

Rodriguez, L., & Lockley, E. (2012). Interdisciplinary working in service design: case studies for designing touch points. In ServDes 2012, Helsinki, Fimland, 8 February 2012 - 10 February 2012.

Uruchurtu, E., Lockley, E., Roast, C., Keefe, T., & Williams, N. (2010). Understanding user requirements and expectations of digital learning resources. Workshop Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2010, 158-166.

Uruchurtu, E., Lockley, E., Roast, C., & De Bleecker, I. (2009). Usability evaluation of OpenWeb transcoding. In 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Bonn, Germany, 15 September 2009 - 18 September 2009.

Uruchurtu, E., Lockley, E., Roast, C., & De Bleecker, I. (2009). Usability evaluation of OpenWeb transcoding. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., & Lockley, E. (2015). Digital divides in the UK : separating issues of life stage, class, access and use. In Communication across the Life Span, San Juan, Porto Rico, 21 May 2015 - 24 May 2015.

Yates, S., Mills, S., Lockley, E., & Doherty, K. (2005). Gender, 'face' management and mediated interaction. In 9th International Pragmatics Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy, 1 July 2005.

Book chapters

Yates, S.J., & Lockley, E. (2020). Workplace “digital culture” and the uptake of digital solutions: Personal and organizational factors. In The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society. (pp. 369-402).

Yates, S.J., & Lockley, E. (2020). Digital engagement and class: Economic, social, and cultural capital in a digital age. In The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society. (pp. 426-448).

Yates, S.J., Kirby, J., & Lockley, E. (2015). ‘Digital-by-default’: reinforcing exclusion through technology. In Foster, L., Brunton, A., Deeming, C., & Haux, T. (Eds.) In defence of welfare 2. Bristol: Policy Press:

Green, G., & Lockley, E. (2014). Surveillance without borders : the case of Karen refugees in Sheffield. In Akhgar, B., & Arabnia, H.R. (Eds.) Emerging trends in ICT security. (pp. 519-533). Waltman, MA: Morgan Kaufmann:

Lockley, E., & Akhgar, B. (2014). Understanding the situational awareness in cybercrimes: Case studies. In Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigator's Handbook. (pp. 101-121).

Tabatabaei, F., Nasserzadeh, S.M.R., Yates, S., Akhgar, B., Lockley, E., & Fortune, D. (2013). From local to global: Community-based policing and national security. In Strategic Intelligence Management: National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies. (pp. 85-92).

Yates, S., & Lockley, E. (2008). Moments of separation: gender, (not so remote)relationships, and the mobile phone. In Jones, S. (Ed.) Remote relationships in a small world. (pp. 74-97). New York ; Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing


Akhgar, B., Yates, S., & Lockley, E. (2013). Introduction: Strategy formation in a globalized and networked age-a review of the concept and its definition.


Croall, H., Crone, S., Lockley, E., Taylor, B., & Yates, S. (2015). Sheffield Doc/Fest : digital art spaces research and development report. London: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

Yates, S., Kirby, J., & Lockley, E. (2014). Supporting digital engagement : final report to Sheffield City Council. Liverpool: Institute of Cultural Capital.

Theses / Dissertations

Lockley, E. (2009). The face of the phone: studies of public and private mobile-phone use. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Yates, S.


Lockley, E., & Green, G. (2012). Surveillance without borders : the case of Karen refugees in Sheffield. Presented at: 5th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference "Watch This Space: Surveillance Futures", Sheffield, UK

Lockley, E. (2009). Interaction management strategies for mobile phone use in public. Presented at: 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section of ECREA, University of Tampere, Finland, 2009

Ciolfi, L., & Lockley, E. (n.d.). Flash Fiction Exploring the Blurring of Work and Life. Presented at: Workshop Design Fiction for Mixed-Reality Performances at CHI 2017, Denver, 2017

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