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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental SciencePostgraduate study

Ms Ellena Parsons BA English (Hons), MSc Computer Science, MSc Web Science

Postgraduate Research Student

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PhD Researcher in Web Science, within the department of Geography, at the University of Southampton.

My first degree is in English which I studied at Liverpool John Moores University, I then moved into Computer Science where I studied my first Masters degree at the University of Liverpool. I am currently part of the iPhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton, an interdisciplinary research programme with an integrated Masters year.

My PhD research focuses on digital inequality, particularly in relation to second order digital divides, where citizens have access to technology and ICTs, but lack digital literacy skills to use them in specific ways. With regards to the technology researched, my work focuses on Web and Internet technologies. Issues arising from second order digital divides in relation to the Web can include the inability to use specific online use cases, such as internet banking, civic amenities, benefits claims, and so on. Additionally, some users are unable to apply the benefits of Web connectivity to develop so called “personal capital”, where technology is used for autodidactic means, to increase employability, create businesses and similar. My research aims to examine how even in the United Kingdom, the world’s 5th largest economy, there are still considerable issues surrounding digital inequality, and the consequences this divide leads to.

Research interests

Digital Inequality

Digital Divides

Music Tangibility/Intangibility

Music and Machine Learning

Ontology Engineering


PhD Supervision

Dr Brian Hracs, Dr Seth Giddings

Draft title of PhD

Digital Panacea: Exploring the role of the Web in Solving Global Issues

Student Mentor: MSc Web Science, MSc Computer Science, MSc Systems, Control & Signal Processing.

DigiChamps: Journalist, liveblogger.

Demonstrator: COMP1202 Programming 1, Java programming.

Ms Ellena Parsons
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

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