Lina Dencik

Staff details

Lina Dencik


Professor and University Research Leader in AI Justice


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


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Lina researches the relationship between digital media and social change with a focus on the politics of data and AI

Lina is Professor in the Department of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies and University Research Leader in AI Justice. She is Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab and has published widely on digital media and the politics of data, with a particular focus on governance and resistance.

Together with the Data Justice Lab, she has carried out extensive research into the societal implications of datafication and AI, foregrounding a concern with social justice. Her recent projects include DATAJUSTICE (funded by an ERC Starting Grant), Data Scores as Governance, Civic Participation in a Datafied Society (both funded by the Open Society Foundations), and Advancing Data Justice in the Future Generations Well-being Act (funded by the ESPRC).

Lina has published 8 books and over 30 journal articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a sole-authored monograph on power and justice in an age of datafication.

Research interests

Lina's research focuses on the interplay between developments in media and social and political change. Over the past few years, she has advanced an internationally recognised research agenda that has actively sought to shift the debate on datafication by exploring contentious areas of social life that have historically been significant for social justice concerns, from welfare and work to policing and migration. Her approach is rooted in critical social science, and is often interdisciplinary combining insights from social science with disciplines such as computer science and law.

Lina's most recent publications include Data Justice (with Hintz, Redden and Treré, Sage, 2022); The Media Manifesto (with Fenton, Freedman and Schlosberg, Polity 2020); and Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (with Hintz and Wahl-Jorgensen, Polity, 2018). Her research has appeared across a range of outlets, including leading international journals in media studies, policy, and computer science, and has informed media and policy debate both nationally and internationally.

She is currently working to establish a research programme in AI Justice, exploring issues of the state; work and everyday life; policy and regulation; and the possibility for alternative more just and sustainable computational infrastructures.