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David Ellis

Lecturer in Computational Social Science

David Ellis

Fylde College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YF

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593605



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.

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


Research Interests

My research interests are fairly broad however, I am particularly interested in how technology and data can reveal behaviours and thought processes that were previously invisible or confined to the laboratory.


Ph.D. Psychology, University of Glasgow, 2013
M.Sc. Research Methods of Psychological Science, University of Glasgow, 2009
M.A. (Hons) Psychology, University of Glasgow, 2008

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External PhD Supervision

Research Grants

Active Grants

Serially missed appointments in the NHS: A linkage pathfinder project to inform future interventions — Awarded £179,023 by Chief Scientist Office (CSO) in 2015

Previous Grants/Awards

Big Data and psychology: Moving from static to dynamic data visualisations — Awarded £1,000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) in 2015

The impact of immersive technology on social interactions — Awarded £5,000 by TSB (Linkage UK) in 2015

Using Sociometric badges to capture consumers’ social behaviour — Awarded £40,423 by Unilever in 2014

How can emerging technologies assist vulnerable groups? — Awarded £5,000 by TSB Innovation Voucher in 2014

Leaving the lab: Putting The University of Lincoln at the forefront of smartphone and health related sensor technologies — Awarded £41,742 by University of Lincoln Strategic Research Investment Fund in 2014

Interleaving between cyberspace and the real word — Awarded £1,000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) in 2014

Developing a paradigm to explore impression formation in modality switching between online and face-to-face social interactions — Awarded £1,908 by University of Lincoln College Research Fund in 2014

A Validation of the Sociometric Sensor using Fragrance and Malodour Stimuli — Awarded £29,527 by Unilever/Lancaster University Pump-Priming Grant in 2013

The influence of weekday on pedestrians road crossing behaviour — Awarded £1,800 by University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund Summer Vacation Grant in 2012

Everyday Time Processing (additional PhD funding) — Awarded £5,300 by The Charles and Barbara Tyre Trust in 2011

Internship in Health Analytical Services, The Scottish Government — ESRC Award (extension of ES/G017271/1) in 2011

Encouraging interdisciplinary research between early career researchers — Awarded £1,500 by University of Glasgow Research Initiatives Grant in 2011

Mac Robertson Scholarship — Awarded £1,000 by University of Glasgow in 2010

Everyday Time Processing (PhD) — ESRC 1+3 Quota Studentship (ES/G017271/1) in 2008

Chancellor’s Fund Scholarship — Awarded £1,000 by University of Glasgow in 2007

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