Prior to being appointed Course Leader of BA (Hons) Media & Communications, Dr Yuwei Lin was Lecturer in Future Media in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford where she led the MA Social Media and BSc (Hons) Computer & Video Games courses. In addition to 'Methods for Researching Social Media' (Level 7), 'Creative Networking' (Level 7), 'Agile Project Management' (Level 5), she has also taught 'Creative Media Analysis and Media Convergence' (Level 4) on the BA (Hons) TV & Radio programme.
Before joining Salford, she was Research Associate at the coordinating hub of the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science at the University of Manchester (2006-9) and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Information Systems at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2005-6).
Yuwei has a BA in Economics (National Taiwan University, 1999), and was awarded her PhD in Sociology from the University of York in 2005 for her thesis entitled 'Hacking Practices and Software Development: A Social Worlds Analysis of ICT Innovation and the Role of Open Source Software'.
Yuwei's research interests centre on socio-technical dynamics within and across open, distributed, user-centred, audience-led, crowd-sourced, user-participatory, community-based innovation systems, best exemplified by contemporary phenomenon such as Free/Libre Open Source Software, Open Data, Web 2.0 Social Media. She is currently investigating the contexts where open data and open source technologies can be re-used and re-purposed by people with different interests, backgrounds and expertise. Her experience of conducting usability and audience studies also enables her to develop collaboration with scholars and practitioners in arts, media, music and performance.