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Wendy Moncur

Wendy Moncur

Reader in Socio-Digital Interaction

Tel: 01382 386538
Twitter: @wendymoncur

The Research Studio, 5th Floor, Matthew Building,
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design,
University of Dundee,
13 Perth Road, DD1 4HT.


Dr Wendy Moncur, FRSA is a Reader in Socio-Digital Interaction at the University of Dundee. Concurrently, she holds an appointment as Associate Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, Universities of Dundee & St. Andrews. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, a member of the Materialising Memories research programme and an Associate of the Centre for Death and Society (University of Bath). She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen.

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, yet grounded in Computing, Wendy’s research program focuses on the design of technology to support being human in a Digital Age. Supported by a personal EPSRC Fellowship for “Digital Inheritance, she has examined how personal data is bequeathed, inherited and repurposed (2011-2015). She is currently Principal Investigator on the EPSRC-funded research program “Charting the Digital Lifespan”, which unites internationally leading researchers across social and computer sciences (2013-2016). This research program investigates how the digital is woven into the fabric of people’s lives both now and in a future where citizens have lived entirely in a Digital Age. Wendy’s research has also explored the design and use of technology during other significant points across the human lifespan – for example, serious illness, becoming a carer, and relationship breakdown.

Wendy shares the results of her research with the public at festivals (e.g. Edinburgh Turing Festival 2012, Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013), with policy-makers (e.g. provision of written evidence to the 2014 UK Commons Committee on Social Media Data and Real Time Analytics), and the media (e.g. BBC, The Times, CNN).

Before moving into academia, Wendy worked in Information Technology in Manufacturing, Utilities and Financial Services sectors, including a FTSE-100 bank.

Funded research

PhD Students

Wendy supervises PhD students across a range of topics, with a connecting thematic thread of lived human experience in a Digital Age. Potential PhD students should contact Wendy by email with a brief outline of their proposed research.

She is first supervisor for:

Daniel Herron (2014-2018) at Dundee and UTS Australia. “Digital separations”. Co-supervised with Dr. Elise van den Hoven.

Miriam Waite (2016-2019) at Dundee. “Serious Cartoons: Visual communication of personalised health information to patients”. Co-supervised with Professor Chris Rowland.

She is second supervisor for:

Kirsten Ailsa Smith (2012-2016). University of Aberdeen, funded by a Northern Research Partnership grant. Supporting Carers through Intelligent TechnologyCo-supervised with Professor Judith Masthoff and Dr Nava Tintarev.

Clair Gamble (2015-2019). University of Dundee. Topic area – Dementia. Co-supervised with Professor Tim Croudace.

Karin de Wild (2015-2018). University of Dundee. “Activation of the Mnemonic Space”. Co-supervised with Dr Sarah Cook.


Living Digital: Research group website

Personal website