The Lab

The Data Justice Lab is a space for research and collaboration hosted at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC).

We examine the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes.

The Lab is co-directed by Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz, Joanna Redden and Emiliano Treré.  Jessica Brand and Harry Warne assisted with the Lab's work on this project.


The issues addressed on this website are discussed in more detail in our report, ‘Civic Participation in the Datafied Society: Towards Democratic Auditing?’. This report describes the results of three years of research on advancing the role of citizen and community voice in the deployment of data systems in the public sector.

Visit our website for additional highlights from the broader research project, as well as continued investigations on this topic.

This project was made possible through funding from the Open Society Foundations.

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Website designed and developed by Jon Truong and Deepra Yusuf, with consultation from Akina Younge and Elyse Voegeli.

Special thanks to the friends, colleagues, and volunteers who graciously offered their time and feedback in the design of this site.

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