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)


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