Home > Research > Researchers > David Ellis

Current Postgraduate Research Students

David Ellis supervises 1 postgraduate research students. If these students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

Student research profiles

Show all »

View graph of relations

Dr David Ellis

Lecturer in Computational Social Science, Lecturer

David Ellis

Lancaster University

Fylde College



Tel: +44 1524 593207


David obtained a degree in psychology at The University of Glasgow, followed by an MSc and PhD. Both his Masters and PhD were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Previously, he was a lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Lincoln (2013-2015).

In addition to university led research, he has also completed internships in the public and private sectors, including an ESRC funded placement at The Scottish Government in 2011.

A 50th Anniversary Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, he is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Lincoln and holds affiliate status at The University of Glasgow.


Research Interests

Methodological Development

Much of my work is characterised by the development of new methods or tools to collect and analyse psychological data. I am particularly interested in how technology and data can reveal behaviours and thought processes that were previously invisible or confined to the laboratory. This often involves the integration of converging evidence from laboratory based behavioural experiments and large scale secondary data analysis

Smartphones/Wearable Technology

I am interested in psychological markers of technology adoption and use, but also how digital devices can change behaviour (or not). This work also extends to the use of wearable sensors in psychological and biosocial research. Several recent projects have used data from wearable devices and to predict complex emotional states.

Weekday Effects

Days of the week evoke emotional responses and provide a framework for much of our social and occupational organisation. This strand of work considers both mental representations and systematic changes in behaviour. 

Social Interaction

Much of our social interaction alternates between face-to-face and computer-mediated communication. I remain interested in how impressions and relationships change within and between these contexts. 

Web Links

External PhD Supervision

Research Grants

Active Grants

Pledging a meet-free month: An experience sampling study with smartphones - Awarded $41,181 by Animal Charity Evaluators in 2017

Research Data Champion Award to support research data management - Awarded £3,500 by Jisc in 2017

Digital Detox: The effect of smartphone withdrawal on mood, anxiety and cognitive bias - Awarded £1,650 by Faculty of Science and Technology Lancaster University in 2016

Using digital footprints for selection and assessment - Awarded £194,036 by BAE Systems (Dstl) in 2016

Serially missed appointments in the NHS: A linkage pathfinder project to inform future interventions - Awarded £203,523 by Chief Scientist Office (CSO) in 2015

View all (21) »

View all (19) »