Dr Christine Hine
Christine Hine is a sociologist of science and technology who has a particular focus on the role played by new technologies in the knowledge construction process. She has a major interest in the development of ethnography in technical settings and in "virtual methods" (the use of the Internet in social research). In particular, she has developed mobile and connective approaches to ethnography that combine online and offline social contexts. In common with many scholars in Science and Technology Studies, Christine has a scientific and technical background herself. She studied Botany (BA, Oxon) and Biological Computation (MSc, York) and completed her DPhil in the Biology Department at York before making a transition to Sociology of Science and Technology.
University roles and responsibilities
- Chair, University Ethics Committee
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Christine Hine has taken a lead role in promoting discussion of methodologies for sociological understanding of the Internet, publishing widely on qualitative methodologies for study of online cultures in everyday life. Her research is located within sociology of science and technology. She is author of Virtual Ethnography (Sage, 2000); Systematics as Cyberscience (MIT, 2008) and Ethnography for the Internet (Bloomsbury, 2015). Substantively, her research includes ethnographic studies of scientific culture, information technology and knowledge infrastructures. She has also carried out research into digital work and particularly digital volunteering; local online groups and sustainability initiatives; and knowledge construction in online spaces. She was President of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, 2004 to 2008.
Courses I teach on
Postgraduate research supervision
I supervise doctoral students in sociology of science and technology and studies of digital culture. Past students have included:
Narratives of identity in role-playing games. Thordis Sveinsdottir
Acceptability of web surveys for national statistics. Zoe Dowling
Enacting Controversy: An Ontological Study of the Development of Computer Encryption. Richard Fletcher
Online Support Spaces for a geographically-isolated group with specialist support needs. Jo Hope
BooksHine, C. (2008) Systematics as Cyberscience: Computers, Change and Continuity in Science. MIT Press.Hine, C. (ed) (2006) New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding E-Science, Idea Group Inc.Hine, C. (ed) (2005) Virtual Methods: Issues in Social Research on the Internet. Berg.
Hine, C. (2000) Virtual Ethnography Sage.
Journal ArticlesHine, C. (2007) Connective ethnography for the exploration of e-science. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 12(2) http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue2/hine.htmlHine, C. (2007) Multi-sited ethnography as a middle range methodology for contemporary STS, Science Technology and Human Values, 32(6), 652-671.Hine, C. (2006) Databases as scientific instruments and their role in the ordering of scientific work, Social Studies of Science, 36(2), 269-298.Hine, C. (2002) Cyberscience: and social boundaries: the implications of laboratory talk on the Internet. Sociological Research Online. 7(2) http://www.socresonline.org.uk/7/2/hine.html.Hine, C. (2001) Ideas of audience in World Wide Web design: the meaning of a mouse click. Information, Communication and Society 4(2): 182-198.Hine, C. and Eve, J. (1998) Privacy in the Marketplace. The Information Society 14(4): 253-262.Hine, C. (1995) Representations of information technology in disciplinary development: disappearing plants and invisible networks. Science, Technology and Human Values 20(1): 65-85.
Book chaptersHine, C. (2008) How can qualitative internet researchers define the boundaries of their projects? In A.N. Markham and N.K. Baym (eds.) Internet Inquiry: conversations about method. Sage.Hine, C. (2008) Internet research as emergent practice. In P. Leavy and S. Hesse-Bibber (eds.) Handbook of Emergent Methods. Guilford Publications.Hine, C. (2008) Overview: Virtual ethnography: modes, varieties, affordances. In N. G. Fielding, R.M. Lee and G. Blank (eds.) Handbook of Online Research Methods. Sage.Hine, C. (2008) The Internet and research methods. In N. Gilbert (ed.) Researching Social Life. 3rd edn. Sage.Hine, C. (2008) Virtual ethnography In L.M. Given (ed.) Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. Sage.Hine, C. (2006) Computerization movements and scientific disciplines; the reflexive potential of new technologies. In Hine, C. (ed.) New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: understanding e-science. Information Science Publishing. pp 26 - 47.Hine, C. (2004) Virtual ethnography. In Lewis-Beck, M.S., Bryman, A. and Liao, T.F. The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Sage.Hine, C. (2001) Ethnography in the laboratory. In D. Gellner and E. Hirsch (eds.) Inside Organizations: anthropologists at work. Berg.Hine, C. (1998) Information technology as an instrument of genetics. In P. Glasner and H. Rothman (eds.) Genetic Imaginations: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Human Genome Research. Ashgate.
Selected Conference PapersHine, C. (2005) The politics and practice of accessiblity in systematics.Paper prepared for presentation at Past, Present and Future of Research in the Information Society, 13-15 November 2005, Tunis, Tunisia. An official side event preceding Phase II of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).Hine, C. (2003) Systematics as cyberscience: the role of ICTs in the working practices of taxonomy. Paper presented at the Oxford Internet Institute "Information, Communication and Society" symposium, 17-20 September 2003, University of Oxford, UK.Hine, C. (1998) Virtual ethnography. Conference Proceedings of Internet Research and Information for Social Scientists, 25-27 March 1998, Bristol, UK http://www.sosig.ac.uk/iriss/papers/paper16.htm