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Dr Emily Winter

Senior Research Associate

Emily Winter





I work at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction and Software Engineering, considering the perceptions and attitudes of software developers about the technologies that they build and the tools that they use.  Within Software Engineering, this is often referred to as ‘human factors’.

I am currently a Senior Research Associate on the Fixie Project, exploring developer attitudes to automatic software repair tools (see https://twitter.com/the_fixie).

Within SCC, I have previously worked on diversity and inclusion in computing education and the role of human values in software engineering (see http://www.valuesincomputing.org/).

My research trajectory has been an unusual one, moving to Computing following a PhD in the Sociology of Religion and a first postdoc position on the iGen Project (with Stanford University), exploring the social media lives and sources of belonging and meaning of the so-called iGen (born after 1995).

Research Grants

For my Masters and PhD, I was a recipient of an ESRC 1+3 award

Current Teaching

SCC 330/331- Third year Software Studio


PhD in Sociology (Lancaster University)

MA in Sociological Research- Distinction (Lancaster University)

BA (Hons) in History- First Class (University of Exeter)

Thesis Title

Engaging Millennials: the strategies and experiences of Christian social action groups in the UK

External Roles

Peer reviewer for YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies and Journal of Beliefs and Values.

Managing editor for Journal of Secularism and Non-Religion

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