The University of Southampton

Web Science Doctoral Training Centre

Web Science

Web Science has an ambitious agenda; it is necessarily interdisciplinary – as much about social and organizational behaviour as about the underpinning technology of the World Wide Web. Its research programme targets the Web as a primary focus of attention, adding to our understanding of its architectural principles, its development and growth, its capacity for furthering global knowledge and communication, and its inherent values of trustworthiness, privacy, and respect for social boundaries.

A new Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for Web Science is part of a £250million investment in the future of UK science and technology by the RCUK Digital Economy programme, providing funded studentships for 4-year PhD training. Web Science is a new discipline that addresses:

  • the study of the World Wide Web as the world's largest and most complex engineered environment
  • the impact that this information system has on human society
  • the changes and accommodations necessary to maintain a pro-human Web with positive societal benefits.

Primary investigators

Secondary investigators

  • Susan Halford
  • Graham Earl

Associated research groups

  • Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group
  • Web and Internet Science
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