Pamela Varley
Profiles

Pamela Varley

Research Manager

SERIO (Research & Innovation)

Role

PhD Researcher on the 'Sustainable Digital Neighbourhoods' Research Project

'A Study of the Social and Spatial Effects of Technological Transition in a Rural Village'

This project seeks to develop an advanced understanding of the interplay between broadband use, social interaction and the place in which people live. Fieldwork has involved working in an embedded manner within a central case study neighbourhood - a rural Cornish village, as well as complementary research in a number of additional villages. A wide range of methods has been employed, including social network analysis, survey research, qualitative interviewing and a diary study. Results are painting a picture of how a community is structured, how it operates (both socially and spatially), and how technology infuses with this. The reliance of a rural community on the 'local' and upon more traditional means of communication is evident at every juncture, posing an interesting question as to how superfast broadband can be made applicable in the local rural setting, harnessed as a community asset and, hence, used for positive social transformation.

Director of Studies: Dr Katharine Willis
Second Supervisor: Professor Alessandro Aurigi
Third Supervisor: Nigel Ashcroft MBE

ADE Postgraduate Student Representative for '13/'14 & '14/'15

Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Science, 1:1 (University College Dublin)

MSc Social Research Methods (London School of Economics & Political Science)
- Population Analysis
- Health and Population in Contemporary Developed Societies

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

Delivered 'Data Analysis' sessions  for 'ARCH409' module

Completed 'Graduate Teaching Associates' course in June 2013

Completed 'PGCAP600' course in September 2015, which led to Associate Fellowship of the HEA

Research interests

Technological impacts; Community informatics; Methodological innovations; E-health

Conference Presentations

‘Using Social Network Analysis to Study Communication Flows Within a Rural Village and Beyond,’ presented by P. Varley at the XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Brighton, United Kingdom, June 2015

‘Doctoral Colloquium Submission,’ presented by P. Varley at the 5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies, Munich, Germany, June 2013

‘Sustainable Digital Neighbourhoods,’ presented by P. Varley at the Communities in the Digital Age Symposium, Canterbury, United Kingdom, June 2013