Department of Psychology

Dr Phillip Brooker


Research Associate

Programming as Social Science (PaSS)

In collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Gray (IPR), I co-convene a mailing list/network of researchers interested in computer programming as a subject and methodological tool for social research and teaching. Interested participants can subscribe at:


I have undertaken requirements engineering and testing work for Chorus - a free-to-download software package facilitating data collection and visual analytic work involving Twitter data. Visit the Chorus website ( for download links and further details.

Introduction to Chorus

An introductory tutorial to the Chorus software package.



My background is in sociology, where I have recently completed my thesis; a video-aided ethnomethodological study of the use of programming languages in astrophysics and electrical engineering. This study reflects my wider interest in ethnomethodologically-flavoured work in and around the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Prior to joining the University of Bath, I contributed to the development and testing of a software package for facilitating social science research work involving Twitter data - Chorus ( I have since gone on to use Chorus software in the undertaking of various social science research projects in the burgeoning field of Social Media Analytics, investigating topics as diverse as accounts of cystic fibrosis sufferers, user-experiences of blood glucose monitoring devices and the use of 'racialised hashtags' in online discrimination (with Dr Sanjay Sharma, Brunel University). Through this work I have been able to contribute to the development of methods and methodologies for doing Social Media Analytics, and I am building a publication record in this area.

My current employment is as a research associate for CuRAtOR (Challenging Online Fear and Othering). CuRAtOR aims to how online interactions which result in 'cultures of fear' operate, and counteract this process through designing for more empathetic experiences. 

Research interests

  • Social Media Analytics
  • Digital Social Science Methods
  • Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (inc . Video Analysis)
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Programming as Social Science (PaSS)


Book Sections

Sharma, S. and Brooker, P., 2016. #notracist: Exploring racism denial talk on Twitter. In: Digital Sociologies. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 463-485.

Brooker, P. D., Barnett, J., Cribbin, T. and Sharma, S., 2015. Have We Even Solved the First 'Big Data Challenge'?:Practical Issues Concerning Data Collection and Visual Representation for Social Media Analytics. In: Snee, H., Hine, C., Morey, Y., Roberts, S. and Watson, H., eds. Digital Methods for Social Sciences. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 34.

Brooker, P. D., Barnett, J., Cribbin, T., Lang, A. and Martin, J., 2014. User-Driven Data Capture:Locating and Analysing Twitter Conversation about Cystic Fibrosis Without Keywords. In: SAGE Cases in Methodology. Sage.

Brooker, P., 2014. Using Digital Data to Respecify the Quant/Qual Divide. In: Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. , pp. 103-106.

Brooker, P., 2014. We Who Wait. In: Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. , pp. 123-126.

Brooker, P. D. and Sharrock, W., 2013. Remixing Music Together:The Use and Abuse of Virtual Studio Software as a Hobby. In: Rouncefield, M. and Tolmie, P., eds. Ethnomethodology at Play. London: Ashgate, pp. 135-155. (Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis)


Brooker, P., Dutton, W. and Greiffenhagen, C., 2017. What would Wittgenstein say about social media? Qualitative Research

Feltwell, T., Vines, J., Salt, K., Blythe, M., Kirman, B., Barnett, J., Brooker, P. and Lawson, S., 2017. Counter-discourse activism on social media: the case of challenging "poverty porn" television. Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Brooker, P. and Sharrock, W., 2016. Collaborative music-making with digital audio workstations:the ‘nth member’ as a heuristic device for understanding the role of technologies in audio composition. Symbolic Interaction, 39 (3), pp. 463-483.

Brooker, P., Barnett, J. and Cribbin, T., 2016. Doing Social Media Analytics. Big Data & Society, 3 (2), pp. 1-12.

Conference or Workshop Items

Feltwell, T., Wood, G., Brooker, P., Long, K., Schofield, T., Petridis, I., Barnett, J., Vines, J. and Lawson, S., 2017. "I've been manipulated!":designing second screen experiences for critical viewing of reality TV. New York, U. S. A.: ACM, pp. 2252-2263.

Long, K., Vines, J., Sutton, S., Brooker, P., Feltwell, T., Kirman, B., Barnett, J. and Lawson, S., 2017. Could you define that in bot terms?:Requesting, creating and using bots on Reddit. New York, U. S. A.: ACM, pp. 3488-3500.

Brooker, P., Vines, J., Barnett, J., Feltwell, T. and Lawson, S., 2016. Everyday Socio-Political Talk in Twitter Timelines: A Longitudinal Approach to Social Media Analytics. In: 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society, 2016-07-11 - 2016-07-13, Goldsmiths University of London.

Fellenor, L. and Brooker, P., 2016. You have to say something but you can’t say anything: Twitter and the inability to articulate the abject. In: Affect and Social Media Symposium, 2016-03-23 - 2016-03-23, UEL.

Brooker, P., Barnett, J., Vines, J., Feltwell, T. and Lawson, S., 2015. Online talk around obesity-related news media: Connecting information delivery with public perceptions. In: 3rd Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 2015-09-18 - 2015-09-19.

Brooker, P., Vines, J., Sutton, S., Barnett, J., Feltwell, T. and Lawson, S., 2015. Debating poverty porn on Twitter:social media as a place for everyday socio-political talk. New York, U. S. A.: ACM, pp. 3177-3186.

Brooker, P., 2014. Chorus as a Tool for Facilitating Learning in Social Media Analytics. In: Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Learning and Teaching Summit, 2014-04-03 - 2014-04-04, Manchester Macdonald Conference Centre.

Sharma, S. and Brooker, P., 2014. #notracist: Multi-Hashtags and Ambient Race Talk on Twitter. In: Digital Discrimination and Social Networks International Conference, 2014-03-13 - 2014-03-14, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Sala Mirador.

Brooker, P., 2013. Collaborative Music-Making with Virtual Studio Software (and Technological Requirements for the Ethnomethodological Study of it). In: The 11th Conference of the International Insitute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, 2013-08-05 - 2013-08-08, Wilfred Laurier University.

Brooker, P., 2013. Chorus: A Methodological Toolkit for Qual and Quant Social Media Research. In: New Social Media, New Social Science?: One Year On, 2013-04-16 - 2013-04-16, Royal Statistical Society.

Brooker, P. and Greiffenhagen, C., 2011. The "Space Between": Moving from Dependant Learning to Independent Doing in Laser Optics and Astrophysics. In: The 10th Conference of the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, 2011-07-10 - 2011-07-14, University of Fribourg.

Brooker, P., 2011. Videoing "Seeing" in the Work of Astrophysics Programming. In: Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation, 2011-03-25 - 2011-03-26, University of Oxford.

Brooker, P. and Greiffenhagen, C., 2010. Studying Astrophysicists-in-Action: The Use of Video in STS. In: 2010 Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, 2010-09-02 - 2010-09-04, University of Trento.

Watson, P. and Brooker, P., 2009. The Verifiability of Ethical Practice in Software Design. In: 4th Annual Ethnography Symposium, 2009-08-24 - 2009-08-25, University of Liverpool Management School.

Non-academic press

Brooker, P. D. and Barnett, J., 2016. Where is the 'alt-left' on social media? The Conversation

This list was generated on Tue Oct 17 16:19:11 2017 IST.